San Francisco Symphony | Cellist Gautier Capuçon plays Shostakovich

Gautier Capuçon joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Also featured in this program are works by Gnesin and Tchaikovsky. Thursday at 10:00 pm.

All the Stops | United States — Celebrating Organ Culture in the “Great Melting Pot”

Organist Nathan Laube tours the country and plays pipe organs in some unexpected places on the fourth and final edition of All the Stops. Friday at 9:00 pm.

French cellist Gautier Capuçon shares emotional performance outside of Notre-Dame

Capuçon performed a moving sidewalk tribute across the street from the burned cathedral.

Rahm Emanuel to Assist in CSO Negotiations

The Chicago Federation of Musicians and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association both accepted an offer from outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday night to assist in negotiations that have stalled and led to the longest strike in CSO history. In a statement, Mayor Emanuel wrote that “after speaking with both parties, it appears that we should be able to achieve an ...

From the Page to the Podium: Remembering composers suppressed by the Third Reich

The WFMT Radio Network’s program Recovering a Musical Heritage delves into the lives of four composers persecuted by the Third Reich. Of course, they were four of many. Host James Conlon’s OREL Foundation documents dozens of other composers whose lives were taken—directly or indirectly—or otherwise irrevocably altered by the Nazis. Here are four more who persisted, creating art in the face of peril.

CSO Musicians Call for Continued Negotiations Amid Ongoing Strike

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra publicly called for management to return to the table to resolve the labor dispute now in its seventh week, the longest in the orchestra’s history. “We’re calling on the association to resume negotiations immediately,” said Steve Lester, a CSO bassist and the chair of the negotiating committee for the musicians’ union. “The damage ...

WIU professor a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music

CHICAGO (AP) — A music composition professor in Illinois has learned he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music . Western Illinois University notes that finalists aren’t known until after a winner is announced. A Friday statement from the school says one of its professors, James Romig, found out he’d been up for the award after Los Angeles composer Ellen Reid was ...

“I like to take on projects that terrify me” — Composer Jake Heggie on adapting Moby-Dick into an opera

Moby-Dick is a Great American Novel, no doubt. But that fact doesn’t make Herman Melville’s 600+ page opus any less intimidating. For readers who got stuck somewhere in the middle of the colossal work (we can’t blame you if you were discouraged by the lengthy section of whale taxonomies), you can still join Ahab, the Pequod, and of course, the ...

10 pieces of music for your Easter Sunday

Looking for the perfect accompaniment for your Easter Sunday? Whether you're taking part in a spirited Easter egg hunt or enjoying a quiet morning of reflection, we've got you covered with this playlist of music ranging from Bach to Irving Berlin.

CSO Strike: Another round of failed talks, another round of canceled concerts

This week saw the breakdown of another negotiation session between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association on Tuesday, April 16, prolonging the strike that began just before midnight on March 10. A statement released by management says the musicians shared a “counter proposal to the Association’s last, best and final offer,” which had been delivered ...

French cellist Gautier Capuçon shares emotional performance outside of Notre-Dame

In a moving sidewalk tribute across the street from the cathedral, cellist Gautier Capuçon performed Gabriel Fauré’s Après un rêve as the fire was being subdued. In the video captured by Europe 1, the fire department can be seen across the street as they work to contain and extinguish the fire.

“It’s beauty at an inexpressible level” — Organist Nathan Laube reflects on Notre-Dame de Paris and its magnificent organ

Notre-Dame de Paris is a space — a part of our shared cultural heritage — that belongs to everybody – not only for Christians, but also for musicians, artists, poets, historians, lovers of beauty – everybody.

Catastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke high into the blue sky as tourists and Parisians watched in horror from the streets below. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, ...

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