Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato | Without the arts as an outlet, children may turn to anger and violence

DiDonato partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and dozens of other artists to bring the arts to young people at a crucial stage in their development: infancy. After asking, “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if every new born child was not only given a lullaby when they leave the hospital, but a personal one from their parents?” The Lullaby Project was born.

Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania is gripped by a political soap opera featuring French Open tennis champion Simona Halep, a world-famous soprano and the mayor of Bucharest. Following Halep’s win in Paris this weekend, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea — a key member of the country’s ruling Social Democratic Party — held a grand ceremony at a sports arena to give ...

Yo-Yo Ma performs at St. Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side to raise awareness about gun violence

In 2018, 6,308 Americans have died due to gun violence, and 11,841 more have been injured, according to Gun Violence Archive. In Chicago alone, 1164 people have been shot this year, including 190 deaths and 974 injuries; 38 of those shootings took place between the evening of Friday, June 8 and the morning of Monday, June 11, resulting in 9 ...

VIDEO | Loge, the opera-loving German Shepherd, sings along to Wagner

Tom, of Wilmette, IL, has had German Shepherds for almost forty years, and most of them have been named after characters from Wagner’s "Ring Cycle." Hear his opera-loving dog Loge sing along to Siegfried's horn call.

VIDEO | Mandolin 101 with Avi Avital

World-renowned Avi Avital gives us an introduction to the mandolin, explains what makes his instrument so special, and shares his unique journey to becoming a professional mandolin player.

What do Philip Glass and J. S. Bach have in common? More than you think, according to pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Despite being born centuries apart, Philip Glass and J.S. have much in common than you'd think.

See highlights from WFMT’s first ever beach party

We had a ball at our first WFMT beach party at Theater on the Lake. Check out video and photo highlights from our day of sun, fun, and great music.

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites South and West Side students to tell their stories on a grand stage

Jai Bartley, a 17-year-old from the South Side of Chicago, used to think that opera was “really long and boring.” Now, she’s helping to produce and perform in EMPOWER, an original opera set to have its world-premiere performance May 31, 2018 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. EMPOWER tells the story of young adults who are living on Chicago’s South Side ...

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Without new music, orchestras and opera houses will “dry up” and become “mummified”

Composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is known for his innovative approach to creating new music and curating concerts. During his Chicago residency, he sat down for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of new works and the future of classical music.

Watch cellist Andrea Casarrubios and pianist Ronaldo Rolim perform Schumann

Praised by the New York Times for having “traversed the palette of emotions” with “gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity,” Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios joins Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim in this concert featuring the music of Schumann.

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