Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Michael Tilson Thomas and Gautier Capuçon

Listen as guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the CSO and cellist Gautier Capuçon in a program of Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev. Sunday at 8:00 pm.


6 Composers who immigrated to the United States and called Los Angeles home

Ever since its founding, the United States of America has been a melting pot of peoples. Here are 6 composers who came to the United States and called Los Angeles their home.

Carl Grapentine’s 10 favorite musical performances during his 32 years in Chicago

Looking back on his many years experiencing great music in Chicago, Carl shares some of his very favorite performances.

Pianist’s wife not guilty by reason of insanity in 2 deaths

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has found the estranged wife of concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2016 deaths of the couple’s two daughters. Judge Ruben Gonzalez in Fort Worth on Monday then ordered Sofya Tsygankova, who was charged with capital murder, committed to a state mental hospital. The defense and ...

Union opens probe into veteran Broadway actor’s suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — A Broadway union is investigating a veteran actor’s suicide, which happened about a week after his friends say he was subjected to a grueling, demoralizing rehearsal. Actors’ Equity said it has retained a lawyer to examine the events surrounding the June 29 death of Jeff Loeffelholz, who held the position of standby actor for the role ...

WFMT celebrates Carl Grapentine with Beethoven, Bernstein, and bubbles at Ravinia

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, hundreds of Carl Grapentine’s friends, family members, and colleagues gathered at the Ravinia Festival to celebrate his incredible career as the longtime host of WFMT’s Morning Program.

14 Fantastic French composers you might not know but probably should

Here are just a few of our many favorite French composers, from medieval to modern, that might be new to you.

Estefans: Immigration debate has fueled reaction to musical

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gloria and Emilio Estefan credit President Donald Trump with boosting audience enthusiasm for their stage musical On Your Feet! As the immigration debate has heated up, so have audiences’ reactions to scenes in new stage musical that spins around two immigrants, the Grammy winners said in a recent interview. On Your Feet! tells the story of ...

Spears, Smith to write ‘Castor and Patience’ for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write Castor and Patience, a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that the work will premiere at the Corbett Theater in July 2020. Smith’s ...

Tchaikovsky memorial to be installed in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be honored with a memorial exhibit as part of the Legacy Walk, Chicago’s outdoor LGBTQ history museum. Located along 3245–3705 Halsted Street in the heart of Boystown, the museum features rainbow pylons with biographical plaques that honor the diverse contributions of LGBTQ people. From any smartphone, visitors can access videos, study guides, and other resources ...

Walmart yodel kid of viral video fame announces debut album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It was only a matter of time, just a couple of months actually, before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record. Mason Ramsey, the adorable 11-year-old whose version of a Hank Williams classic has been watched more than 50 million times on YouTube and spawned multiple remixes, ...

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