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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 >>

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      From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on his Operatic Debut

      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...

      How One Man Designed the Most Musical Park in America

      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...

      Chicago Sinfonetta Founder Paul Freeman Dead at 79

      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...

      12 Musical Works About “Food, Glorious Food”

      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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      What would Beethoven have thought of Leif Ove Andsnes's take on his piano concertos?

      Andsnes and the MCO’s fresh and sensitive performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos have been an early Proms highlight. But is there such a thing as ‘authentic’ Beethoven?

      In the glittering wake of Leif Ove Andsnes’s cycle of Beethoven concertos at the Proms – the completion of his four-year Beethoven Journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra that produced unfettered yet ultra-considered music-making – I’m grateful to David Owen Norris for alerting me to the following Beethoven quote.

      Related: Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Andsnes – music-making of exceptional quality

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      Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

      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.

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      Paul Kelly honoured at 2015 Helpmann awards as politics meets showbiz

      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.

      Related: Helpmann awards 2015: red carpet arrivals – in pictures

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