Tony-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ creator, dies at 99

Harnick was born and raised in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Northwestern University School of Music after serving in the army during World War II.

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Why Chopin Composed Fewer Works for Piano and Orchestra Than You Can Count on Your Two Hands

The majority of Chopin’s surviving works are for the piano. Surprisingly, however, the composer only left us with two piano concertos and a handful of other works for piano and orchestra. Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, who recorded Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, reflected on these works and why Chopin didn’t write more of them. Expanding the ...

Meet the Real Star of “La La Land,” Academy Award-Winning Composer Justin Hurwitz

La La Land, an original movie musical that recently won 6 Academy Awards, has sung and danced its way onto the big screen and into the hearts of millions. The film tells the love story of Mia and Sebastian, two artists trying to break into the competitive world of LA’s entertainment industry. While mega stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling portray ...

Playlist: 10 Composers Changing Classical Music (Who Also Happen to Be Women)

If you’re looking to expand your own repertoire, why not explore the music of living composers? Check out these 10 composers changing contemporary classical music today who also all happen to be women.

Hear What Maya Angelou, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ Author, Sounds Like Singing the Blues

Author and activist Maya Angelou is best for her autobiographical memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. But have you heard Angelou sing?

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 ...

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