Lyric Opera of Chicago | Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Lyric Opera of Chicago presented this “operatic fairytale” starring Christiane Karg (Pamina), Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), and Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night) in its 2016-2017 season. Saturday at noon.

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Take to the Skies and Seas with this Playlist of Aeronautic and Maritime Music!

Brace your ears: the Chicago Air and Water Show is upon us! But there’s more to hear than the roars of the Blue Angels and Red Arrows — take in the excitement while listening to music inspired by aviation and nautical navigation!

9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias

BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany, founded in 1465 by Fredrick II ...

Multiple women say opera star Domingo sexually harassed them

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press. Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, Domingo also is a prolific conductor ...

“¡En la guitarra está todo!” — Eliades Ochoa, Grammy Award-winning guitarist on the power of Cuban music

“For me, the guitar doesn’t have a secret. In the guitar, you will find everything.” These are the words of Eliades Ochoa, the Grammy Award-winning guitarist of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Buena Vista Social Club. Before his performance at Festival Cubano in Chicago, we talked with Ochoa about his musical upbringing, experience playing in the renowned group, and his advice for the next generation of musicians.

Meet the pianist who is setting some of the internet’s most hilarious viral videos to music

We know that music makes our lives better, but sometimes, it can make funny things even funnier! Take Charles Cornell, for instance, who is turning viral tweets and videos into songs.

Going Medieval on Twitter

Welcome to the wonderful world of medieval manuscripts! You'll find that medieval manuscripts are not nearly as inaccessible as you might think. They are true multimedia events: for the sports lover, there are depictions of cats playing tennis. Music aficionados will find illustrations of rabbits and foxes playing viols and flutes. From the sacred to the profane, they prove without a doubt that the Dark Ages were anything but.

Rhiannon Giddens, Francis Johnson to get Americana award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and pioneering composer Francis “Frank” Johnson will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. The Americana Music Association announced the new award Wednesday in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music. It will be presented to Giddens during the Americana Honors & Awards ...

Add these 23 holidays to your calendar and celebrate classical music year-round!

We’d like to share some information worth celebrating — literally! Here are 23 holidays and celebrations to make sure you have classical music on your calendar!

From Cigar Box to Strad — Vadim Gluzman’s Lifetime of Being Chosen by The Violin

In between back-to-back lessons for around 30 students at his alma mater, Keshet Eilon International Music Center in Israel, Vadim Gluzman has been preparing for his upcoming Grant Park Music Festival performances of Bernstein’s Serenade on August 2nd and 3rd. These concerts mark Gluzman’s return to Chicago after weeks of travel, and before yet another period of touring around ...

Grant Park Music Festival’s “Pastoral Picnic in White” in Pictures

A flurry of white dresses and shirts, white tablecloths and candelabras sprinkled the Great Lawn in Millennium Park as patrons celebrated the Grant Park Music Festival’s annual “Pastoral Picnic in White” on Saturday, July 27. Originally inspired by a 1988 gathering at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the Grant Park Music Festival joins thousands of similar “Dinners in White” ...

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