Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84

“I simply write the songs about where I am and where I’m from,” Lightfoot once said. “I take situations and write poems about them.”

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Riccardo Muti and CSO Present Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words’ at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral is an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Chicago. On February 17, 2017, the church opened its doors to another Chicago treasure, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Film Score: Music for Oscar Week 2017

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips returns to WFMT to present Music for Oscar Week 2017 following the success of our month-long film score series in 2016 and Veterans Day special. Each day throughout Oscar week, Phillips shares music from movie musicals that have received or been nominated for Academy Awards. Starting with The Broadway Melody, the first motion picture ...

The 1 Concert That Inspired Riccardo Muti to Create the CSO’s African American Network

Maestro Muti sat down with Sheila Jones, coordinator of the CSO's African American Network, years ago to ask, “How do we bring the African American community into Symphony Center?”

Video: What Choreographer Justin Peck Listens for When Picking Music for Dance

Renowned choreographer Justin Peck took a break from his rehearsals with the Joffrey Ballet to explain what he listens for when selecting music to choreograph.

This is What It’s Like to Attend the Grammy Awards

The first thing that often comes to mind when one hears the word Grammy is the CBS telecast, but the Recording Academy is so much more than the telecast.

VIDEO | Why Stewart Copeland, Police Founding Member/Drummer, Has Turned to Composing Opera

You may know Stewart Copeland as a founding member of the band the Police, but did you know he’s also composed works for orchestra, ballets, and even operas? His music has also been featured in countless films and even video games. With such an incredibly diverse output, what has inspired this chart-topping composer and musician to create new operas? In ...

‘Single Ladies’ Set to Shostakovich Proves That Beyoncé Can Slay All Day, Even to Classical Music

Is there anything Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter cannot do? YouTuber unconservatory has proved that the choreography to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” looks good even set to Shostakovich. In the video below, you can see her dance to the syncopated rhythms of the scherzo from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.   This isn’t the only time someone has done a classical mash-up with Beyoncé’s ...

Mezzo-Soprano Vivica Genaux Shares Her Secrets to Singing Clear, Clean, Lightning Quick Coloratura

Have you ever wondered how opera singers are able to sing so many notes so easily? Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, known for her incredible coloratura, shared some her secrets to singing.

German town stops playing kids’ song after vegan complains

BERLIN (AP) — A town in Germany has stopped playing a popular children’s song about a fox who steals a goose after a complaint from a vegan. Limburg’s town spokesman Johannes Laubach told the dpa news agency Thursday a local woman had asked the mayor to remove the tune from the town hall’s mechanical carillon. Laubach said the mayor had ...

‘The Black Composer Speaks’ Celebrates 3 Generations of Composers in 1 Night on Chicago’s South Side

Composer and cellist Tomeka Reid presents the world premiere of "Present Awareness" alongside the works of Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, and Kahil El’ Zabar.

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