Can music help your garden grow? We asked the experts.

We love music, but do plants? We asked the experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden if music can help our gardens grow.

A look at Thirsty Ears 2018, Chicago’s only classical music street festival

Last weekend, Access Contemporary Music presented its third annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival. This year’s festival featured fifteen soloists and ensembles – including two Grammy winners –  playing classical and contemporary works. There’s nothing like mixing Beethoven with beer. But while many concert presenters have sought to bring people off the street into the concert ...

VIDEO | Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges performs live in the WFMT studios

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QUIZ | See if you can match the composer to their day job

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At 70, violinist Pinchas Zukerman reflects on his life in music

Pinchas Zukerman around the time Isaac Stern brought him to New York to study at Juilliard, c. 1962 (Photo courtesy of the artist) Violinist, violist, conductor, music director, and educator Pinchas Zukerman celebrated his 70th birthday on July 16, 2018. Backstage at Ravinia, he spoke about his life in music and unwavering dedication to his craft with WFMT’s Louise Frank. ...

American Express and Pharrell Williams partner to back arts and music education in schools

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 8, 2018–Today, American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Pharrell Williams announced an expanded partnership and joint commitment to raise awareness and support to bring more arts education to schools nationwide. As part of the collaboration, American Express Platinum and Pharrell will host a fundraising event, called the Yellow Ball, with an all-star lineup of collaborators on September 10, at the Brooklyn Museum ...

Met Opera reaches deals with unions for singers, musicians

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera says it has reached labor agreements with two of its largest unions but has not said whether the deals will allow regular Sunday performances for the first time. Met spokesman Tim McKeough said Friday agreements were reached with the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents principal singers, choristers and production personnel; and ...

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ends relationship with chief conductor following sexual misconduct allegations

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra announced today that it is terminating its relationship with Daniele Gatti, who was appointed chief conductor in 2016, “with immediate effect,” following an article in the Washington Post in which he was accused of sexual misconduct on two separate occasions. After the Post story was published, Gatti issued a blanket apology to all the women in ...

Thirsty Ears, Chicago’s only classical music street fest, returns to Ravenswood for third year

Food, fun, neighborhood charm: these are things that you’d expect at any Chicago street fair. But only one also features free, live classical music. The third annual Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago’s only classical music street fair, takes place August 11-12 in Ravenswood on Wilson Street between Hermitage and Ravenswood. The festival is organized by Access Contemporary Music (ACM), and spearheaded ...

Teenagers in Chicago can now attend live music, dance, theater, and more for just $5. Here’s how.

Urban Gateways, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to engaging young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change, just launched the Teen Arts Pass (TAP). Anyone aged 13-19 can register for free online to get a pass that allows them to buy tickets for $5 at arts organizations around the city. From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Lyric ...

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