Hello world – welcome to my blog!
My name is Claire Liu, and I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, double majoring in molecular engineering and chemistry. I have many favorite artists – ranging from Frank Sinatra to Renée Fleming to Bruce Springsteen to Carole King to the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel to Murray Perahia to Riccardo Muti – the list is endless. I currently work as a research assistant/webmaster for the Institute for Molecular Engineering and as a University Ambassador for Lyric Opera of Chicago.
After taking a music class to fulfill an arts requirement, I became inspired to embark on a comprehensive exploration of the world of classical music. The title of this blog, “Le corso del destino” (The class of destiny) is not only a pun on the title of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La forza del destino” (The power of destiny), but also describes that one influential music class (“corso”) which started this whole journey.
(Note: Inspiration of the blog’s title also comes from Maestro Riccardo Muti’s autobiography, First the Music, Then the Words, in which he refers to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) as “L’orchestra del destino” – the orchestra that he was destined for.)