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Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is the 74th birthday of Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one of the most honored and respected conductors in the world. Maestro Muti is considered one of the leading interpreters of the music of GiuseppeVerdi. Which Verdi opera will he be conducting on this coming season's CSO schedule? Answer >>
Composer Jimmy López never could have imagined that uploading some of his music on YouTube could have landed him his first opera commission, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, no less. Read more about the creation of this new opera before it has its world-premiere this fall in a behind-the-scenes interview with the composer during tech rehearsals. more...
Chicago’s Millennium Park is one of the most popular parks in the United States, according to TripAdvisor. Part of the Park’s allure comes, no doubt, from the incredible amount of free music that audiences can enjoy there each summer. The Grant Park Musical Festival, the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind, has been providing visitors with more... more...
Paul Freeman, the founder of the Chicago Sinfonetta, is dead at age 79. The Sinfonetta announced Freeman’s death on its website, saying the conductor had been fighting several ailments in recent years. He retired in 2011. Sinfonetta director of operations Courtney Perkins says Freeman died late Tuesday in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife, Cornelia, more... more...
Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, than put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of it.” Or, something to that effect… Good music and good food harmonize so well together. It’s no surprise that countless composers from Bach to Bernstein have written works about their favorite foods. Check out this more... more...
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Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrument
This week Michele Lomas will give her last lesson for Wiltshire Music Service. After six years teaching brass instruments to children in the area, she is being made redundant. She plans to continue on a freelance basis, but will no longer belong to a pension scheme, nor be eligible for sickness and maternity pay. She will have to fund her own travel, public liability insurance and training. “It’s not so much about the income, as I know I will be able to get teaching work – it’s losing my pension and sick pay I’m most worried about,” she says. “Conditions for teachers have been getting worse for some time, but this is the final nail in the coffin.”
It has been a turbulent few years for music education. After the 2011 Henley review, which recommended the creation of “hubs” (partnerships made up of schools, arts organisations, charities and other education providers), music services had to bid for the right to run them. While most won their bids, a reduction in government funding for music (from £82.5m in 2010-11 to £60m for 2014-15), along with cuts to local authority budgets, has meant they have had to provide more for less. For many councils this has led to restructuring and redundancies. Some, such as Milton Keynes and Cornwall, have closed their services down.Continue reading...
The Australian singer-songwriter accepted the JC Williamson award, thanking and paying tribute to the people who have supported his 35-year career
Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has been honoured for a lifetime of music-making and community activism at the 2015 Helpmann awards, in a glitzy ceremony at Sydney’s Capitol theatre that hit some surprisingly political notes.Continue reading...
Cate Blanchett, Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke and Judith Lucy were among the winners and presenters on the red carpet at Sydney’s Capitol theatre on Monday. There were performances from Les Misérables and Clare Bowditch and the Paul Kelly band, while the night’s host, Todd McKenney, delivered a nimble on-stage costume change to sing I Am What I Am from La Cage aux FollesContinue reading...
Lord Sewel resigns from the House of Lords and apologises for "the pain and embarrassment" caused after he was filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.
UK economic growth accelerated to 0.7% in the second quarter of the year, helped by a big jump in oil and gas production.
A woman cut out of her mother's will is awarded a £164,000 inheritance in a case experts think could prove to be a landmark ruling.
There was heated debate at a City Council committee meeting Monday on whether or not to...
A Cook County judge on Friday ruled that Chicago's plan to change city workers’...
Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark...
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