"The music was such an important part ... of how [Fred Rogers] approached communicating."
Procrastination can pay — just ask Mozart!
The Diva Gets Her Way — Larry Johnson recalls a signature Jessye Norman recital
On a sweltering summer evening in the early 1990s, Jessye Norman visited the Chicago area for an intimate recital at Ravinia. Host Larry Johnson recalls the singular concert experience.
Sondra Radvanovsky on the acrobatic Bel canto, spectacular couture of ‘The Three Queens’
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s renowned vocal prowess is on impressive display at Lyric Opera of Chicago in The Three Queens. Also on display are three stunning gowns by designer Rubin Singer, who's designed for stars like Beyoncé and Renée Fleming.
NY Philharmonic to cut 500 seats in $550 million renovation
NEW YORK (AP) — The capacity of the New York Philharmonic’s much-maligned concert hall at Lincoln Center will be reduced by more than 500 seats as part of a $550 million renovation that will cause the orchestra to relocate during part of the 2023-24 season. Geffen Hall’s reconstruction is slated for completion by March 2024, and $350 million in funding ...
Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he was chief conductor. Jansons had canceled concerts this summer because of health reasons, the dpa ...
Gelb’s contract as Met Opera head extended through 2026-27
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera’s third-longest tenured general manager. The company’s board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursday that extends Gelb’s term through the 2026-27 season. Gelb, who turned 66 on Nov. 10, succeeded Joseph Volpe for the 2006-07 season. If Gelb serves through his new contract, only Giulio Gatti-Casazza ...
A complete Thanksgiving feast in 20 food-inspired pieces
As we prepare to gather around the table for the Thanksgiving feast, put on this playlist of some of the most inspired musical celebrations of food and drink.
Mister Rogers remembered by his former music director [Video]
For many of us, just hearing the lyrics "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," is enough to transport us back to our childhoods.
Dystopian opera explores the brink of humanity — Dog Days receives Chicago-area premiere
“It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats its animals,” composer David T. Little says in the program notes for his chamber opera, Dog Days. Based on a short story by Judy Budnitz, the opera is set in a war-torn future that’s not too far away from our own time.
Discover the versatility of Jan Peerce in 3 powerful recordings
In a career of more than sixty years, Jan Peerce reigned as a Met favorite, sang popular music, and performed Jewish cantorial repertoire.
“We’re human just like him.” — Dead Man Walking’s Ryan McKinny on his friendship, artistic partnership with a death row inmate
Terence Andrus has been on death row since 2012. Through a pen pal program, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny became a friend and artistic collaborator.
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