Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts ‘at point of no return’
“The Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen.
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Riccardo Muti “Lifts Every Voice” at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side
As soon as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the first four notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, an audience of over 3,000 at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side broke into applause.
An Inside Look at the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends”
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends, presented by The Recording Academy and broadcast on Great Performances.
The Politics of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
When you think of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you likely think of the two titular lovers and their tragic romance. But Sergei Prokofiev put politics at the center of his Shakespeare-inspired ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and got wrapped up in Soviet-era politics himself in composing it. In 1935, Prokofiev accepted a commission to create a new ballet for the Bolshoi ...
WFMT Host Kerry Frumkin’s Postcard From Europe
For the last two weeks of September my wife Deb and I were treated to a cruise on the Rhine River thanks to YMT Vacations, one of WFMT’s loyal sponsors. Along with us were almost two-dozen WFMT listeners. The tour involved land transportation and sightseeing from Munich to Bonn, where we then boarded the A Rosa Viva for eight relaxing ...
8 Chopin Recordings Every Music Lover Should Own
If you love the music of Frédéric Chopin and are looking to expand your recording collection, here are a few albums you might want to consider. These 8 recordings feature 8 different pianists performing 8 different genres, giving you an appreciation for the diversity of Chopin’s works and the musicians who perform them.
Watch ‘Do You Speak Chopin?’ – Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Marian Marzynski’s Newest Doc
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker’s Marian Marzynski newest documentary is Do You Speak Chopin?. Marzynski’s love letter to Chopin is centered around the “Chopin Olympics” of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Arts Education…Saved My Life”
Lin-Manuel Miranda has impacted many lives through his Pulitzer Prize-winning work Hamilton: An American Musical. Recently, Miranda revealed how the arts have impacted him, saying that arts education, “saved my life.” The room where it happened was a studio at Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago’s West Loop, home of Hubbard Street Dance. Since Hamilton has landed in Chicago, Miranda ...
Hear Kristin Chenoweth’s Operatic Version of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song
The Broadway star — who got her start in opera — shared her operatic talents on a recent episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' performing her own unique rendition of the theme song to 'Game of Thrones.'
Oliver Sacks-Inspired Concerto, ‘Five Hallucinations,’ Has Windy City World Premiere
Composer Carl Vine and trombonist Michael Mulcahy are both Australians, and both Sydneysiders – Carl by choice, Mick by birth. Though the two had crossed paths occasionally over the year, their first major collaboration takes place over 9,000 miles from Sydney. Mick is the trombone soloist in Five Hallucinations, Carl’s concerto for trombone and orchestra, which has its world première October ...
Listen to a Dramatic Reading of Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s Artist Bio To End All Artist Bios
If you’re a music lover, you’ve likely read your fair share of artist biographies in program notes, liner notes, or artist websites. But you’ve never read an artist bio quite like Khatia Buniatishvili’s, which contains choice lines such as, “nothing can be imposed on this young lady of the air whose wing-beats pollinate works and who sprinkles a musical cloud ...
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