Joffrey’s Swan Lake launches a new season of ballet and music
Joffrey Ballet's artistic director, Ashley Wheater, and music director, Scott Speck, discuss "Swan Lake," Joffrey's 2018-19 season, and ballet's unique and rich creative relationship with music.
Mirror in Mirror — violinist Anne Akiko Meyers takes a “spiritual journey”
Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most in-demand violinists who keeps alive the favorites of the repertoire but also is deeply committed to the music of living composers. She calls her new album, "Mirror in Mirror," a “spiritual journey” through a program of commissions and arrangements by Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Jakub Ciupiński, and Morten Lauridsen, alongside works by Arvo Pärt and Maurice Ravel.
Meet Missy Mazzoli, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence
Missy Mazzoli is a composer who is inspired by “weird stories,” and that’s a good thing. Her fascination with “humans who support, undermine, and love each other” has paved the way for opportunities in nearly every realm of the music industry. She is one of two women composers commissioned to write an opera for the Metropolitan Opera in New York ...
Gustavo Dudamel wins the Gish Prize, a top arts honor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been named the recipient of a top arts prize worth approximately $250,000 for his craft and music education advocacy. The 37-year-old Venezuelan conductor will receive the 25th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize during a ceremony Dec. 4 at New York’s Lincoln Center. Architect Frank Gehry, a previous Gish ...
“The Only Thing I Want To See in Opera is a Good Story” — Librettist Wende Persons on Patience & Sarah and Patience
Librettist Wende Persons on the creation of Patience & Sarah, an opera based on a self-published novel by Isabel Miller (aka Alma Routsong) of the same name. Third Eye Theatre Ensemble's production runs through October 21 at Chicago's Theater Wit.
Lyric Opera says labor deal reached with striking musicians
CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago says it has reached a multi-year labor deal with striking musicians. A statement released by the music company Saturday night says the agreement would extend through the 2020-21 season, if ratified by members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. The Lyric Opera’s 64th season was disrupted Tuesday when musicians walked ...
From her first recital to her latest album, violinist Hilary Hahn’s enduring bond with Bach’s music
Bach has been a part of Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn's life, both in practice and performance, nearly every day since she was nine years old. Her most recent album explores her ongoing fascination with the composer. Hahn spoke with us about the start of her musical journey with Bach, the challenges and rewards of playing his music, and how musical discoveries—even in live performance—keep Baroque music fresh for 21st century listeners.
♪ Treat Yo Self to Retta’s 5 Favorite Classical Works ♪
Actress and comedian Retta grabbed classical music lovers’ attention when she appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show, Conan when she revealed that she loves to treat herself to classical music. We spoke with Retta to find out what classical works she wants you to treat yo self to and why.
Stolen Stradivarius found after decades comes to life again
NEW YORK (AP) — The Stradivarius stolen from the late violinist Roman Totenberg and miraculously found more than three decades later has a new life — under the chin of a budding 18-year-old virtuoso. On Tuesday in New York, his three daughters presented the multimillion-dollar instrument on long-term loan to Juilliard student Nathan Meltzer. Jill Totenberg says she and her ...
Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra on strike
On October 9, 2018, the musicians of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra announced that they were on strike. The orchestra, which is represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM), said on its website and social media accounts, “Over the past 65 years, Chicago’s citizens, civic leaders, and philanthropists built a world-class opera company for a world-class city. The ...
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