Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | Merz Trio

Works for piano trio by Brahms and Schumann performed live at the Chicago Cultural Center. Wednesday at 12:15 pm.

Exploring Music | Green and Pleasant Land

Traverse the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles. Nightly this week at 7:00 pm.

13 Chicago area arts and music events for a frightening and fun Halloween

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What makes a Verdi baritone? Sherrill Milnes and Quinn Kelsey explain

There are baritones, and then there are Verdi baritones. They are the elite performers, athletes among baritones, thrilling their fans with blazing top notes and plumbing the depths of some of the most dramatically complex roles in opera.

10 Jazzed Up Versions of Chopin Classics

Frédéric Chopin is one of the most beloved composers of all time. Here are 10 jazz versions of Chopin that will have you listening to old favorites with new ears.

Late opera star Jessye Norman’s US hometown honors her life

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The hometown of renowned opera star Jessye Norman is continuing four days of honoring her life. Augusta, Georgia, officials plan on Friday to name the street outside the arts school Norman opened in 2003 after her. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts provides free fine arts education to disadvantaged children. The ceremony was planned before ...

Promoting dialogue through opera — Jake Heggie and Sister Helen Prejean talk Dead Man Walking in Lyric panel [Video]

“There are very few places, it seems to me, where people go to reflect as a community… The opera house, or the concert hall, is one of those sacred spaces where you go to connect and communicate with each other as a community,” reflected composer Jake Heggie during a panel about his opera, Dead Man Walking, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Pianist Lucas Krupinski performs music of Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel [Video]

Award-winning pianist Lucas Krupinski is no stranger to the music of Chopin — he was a semi-finalist in the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition. So it was no surprise when the young Polish pianist gave a sensitive, dynamic performance of ...

13 Chicago area arts and music events for a frightening and fun Halloween

Whether you’re looking for a hardcore horror flick or a family-friendly outing, this list has you covered for some of the Chicago area’s Halloween highlights!

Music acts as a translator, cultural bridge in Wang Lu’s Code Switch

“Maybe we’re getting used to being misunderstood… Hopefully, [through] music, we can be more open,” reflects Wang Lu. Her work, Code Switch, will have its world premiere to open the first MusicNOW concert of the CSO season.

Marcello Giordani, tenor of beauty and heft, dies at 56

Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world’s top opera houses, died Saturday. He was 56. Giordani had a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, a suburb of Augusta in Sicily, and could not be revived, his vocal coach, Bill Schuman, told The Associated Press. ...

‘Wow child’ is special guest of orchestra that inspired him

BOSTON (AP) — A boy who charmed the world by exclaiming “Wow!” at the end of a classical music performance was a special guest of the orchestra that inspired his delight. The Boston Globe reports 9-year-old Ronan Mattin, of New Hampshire, and his grandparents attended a dress rehearsal at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Thursday as the Handel & Haydn Society ...

Get kids excited about classical music with these 11 Chicago area schools and organizations

The school year is officially underway, and the sleepover requests and homework complaints have likely already started. Don’t fret, there are plenty of after-school options across the city that will keep students of all ages and interests engaged in music and off their phones … at least for an hour or two a week.

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