Stutzmann to follow Spano as Atlanta Symphony music director

Nathalie Stutzmann becomes the second woman to lead a major American orchestra.

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Add ‘The Miracle of Hanukkah’ Opera to Your Holiday Traditions, Now That It’s (Finally) Been Written

“Music and worship started out together,” composer and conductor Victoria Bond explained. “Music is right there in the Torah with David playing the harp. In Jewish worship, prayers are not spoken, they are sung.”

Meet Morgan and Louie, the Adorable, Four-Legged Stars of “The Magic Flute” at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Morgan and Louie get in costume in their dressing room during rehearsals for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute W.C. Fields, who once said, “Never work with children or animals,” has clearly never met Morgan and Louie, the friendly canine stars of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of The Magic Flute. Director Neil Armfield has set the ...

VIDEO: Hear the Christmas Carols That Characters in A Christmas Carol Would’ve Actually Heard

If you've read the original novella or seen adaptations onstage or onscreen, you may have wondered which Christmas carols characters in A Christmas Carol would have actually heard.

Here Are the Best Christmas Albums of 2016 to Get for the Classical Music Lover In Your Life

This holiday season has an especially rich and varied selection of new releases. If you’re looking for gift ideas, here’s a list of Lisa Flynn's favorites from 2016.

A Sneak Peek of Joffrey’s New Nutcracker Set During Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

This holiday season, the Joffrey Ballet has a gift for its hometown city: a world-premiere production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker that’s set in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The new Nutcracker features an award-winning team led by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and replaces a production by company co-founder Robert Joffrey that has been in repertory since 1987. Here’s ...

Your Guide to WFMT’s 2016 Holiday Programming

All month long, you can enjoy WFMT's special holiday broadcasts from all around the world. Hear performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chanticleer, the King’s College Choir of Cambridge University, the organ choir of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Music of the Baroque, Itzhak Perlman, and many more, plus special holiday installments of your favorite series.

The Single Most Important Piece of Advice Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Has for Young Musicians Today

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is not only one of the world’s most renowned musicians; he’s also a passionate advocate for using the power of music to create community.

CSO Announces Program Change, Dutoit to Conduct U.S. Premiere of Newly-Discovered Stravinsky Work, “Funeral Song”

In April 2017, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform a newly-discovered work by Stravinsky, Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), in concerts led by Charles Dutoit. Originally, Dutoit was scheduled to perform Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila with the CSO. The program was changed, however, to present the U.S. premiere of Funeral Song shortly after it has its first performance in ...

Mahler manuscript sells for record $5.6 million in London

Sotheby’s said comparable music manuscripts to have been sold at auction include nine Mozart symphonies, which sold for 2.5 million pounds in London in 1987.

Chicago Public Schools Reports Increased Access to Arts Education, Despite Statewide Budget Crisis

Ingenuity Inc., an organization that works to improve and expand arts education in Chicago, released its annual progress report surveying arts education in Chicago Public Schools.  Considering that earlier this year, Illinois’ public school districts were $20 billion in debt, Ingenuity’s findings may surprise you. In 2013, CPS announced its Arts Education Plan, which states: “Through a comprehensive and sequential ...

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