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      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts: Muti with New Music

      Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 pm A CSO ReSound retrospective broadcast will feature music by the CSO’s two composers-in-residence, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, conducted by music director Riccardo Muti. Clyne calls Night Ferry “a sonic portrait of voyages; voyages within nature and of physical, mental, and emotional states.” Bates calls Alternative Energy “an energy more... more...

      A New Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago

      Saturday, January 24 at 7:15 pm A new production of Puccini’s Tosca opens this week at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with three singers making their company debuts in the leading roles: Tatiana Serjan as Tosca, Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia. “Tosca, an impulsive opera star,” says Lyric, “is in love with more... more...

      Celebrating CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti

      Friday, January 30 throughout the day Tune in for this all-day tribute to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic and charming music director Riccardo Muti, partially curated by the Maestro himself. Recordings of his work and of his influences will air throughout the day, including recordings from the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize concert that have not more... more...

      A Day with Puccini

      Saturday, January 24 throughout the day Today, WFMT focuses on all things Giacomo Puccini with a variety of offerings celebrating the work of the great Italian opera composer. Join us at 12:00 noon for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Bohème, with Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo, Kristine Opolais as Mimi, Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello and more... more...

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      UK's orchestras to get tax relief

      The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries

      Britain’s orchestras are to get tax relief from April 2016 modelled on the system already introduced for theatres, the chancellor George Osborne announced on Friday.

      The move was welcomed by Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. “Tax relief will make a big difference to our members’ resilience in these challenging times,” he said.

      Related: A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra

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      Inés de Castro review – gory and discomfiting MacMillan

      This harrowing story of sexual violence and torture is an uncomfortable watch, but Scottish Opera’s new production of James MacMillan’s first opera features terrific music and a strong cast

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      Gergely Bogányi’s ‘Batpiano’ has a tone to match its spaceship looks

      The first big redesign of the piano in more a hundred years has a unique tone, according to those who’ve played it in Budapest – ‘like you are hovering above gravity’

      Tom Service on the unveiling of a ‘human’ piano Continue reading...

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