Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ends relationship with chief conductor following sexual misconduct allegations

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra announced today that it is terminating its relationship with Daniele Gatti, who was appointed chief conductor in 2016, “with immediate effect,” following an article in the Washington Post in which he was accused of sexual misconduct on two separate occasions. After the Post story was published, Gatti issued a blanket apology to all the women in ...

Thirsty Ears, Chicago’s only classical music street fest, returns to Ravenswood for third year

Food, fun, neighborhood charm: these are things that you’d expect at any Chicago street fair. But only one also features free, live classical music. The third annual Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago’s only classical music street fair, takes place August 11-12 in Ravenswood on Wilson Street between Hermitage and Ravenswood. The festival is organized by Access Contemporary Music (ACM), and spearheaded ...

Teenagers in Chicago can now attend live music, dance, theater, and more for just $5. Here’s how.

Urban Gateways, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to engaging young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change, just launched the Teen Arts Pass (TAP). Anyone aged 13-19 can register for free online to get a pass that allows them to buy tickets for $5 at arts organizations around the city. From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Lyric ...

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Cleveland Orchestra suspends concertmaster amid allegations

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Orchestra has suspended its longtime concertmaster following the publication of two accounts detailing sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Plain Dealer reports the orchestra said Friday that William Preucil, concertmaster since 1995, had been suspended until “further notice.” The Washington Post in a story Thursday about sexual misconduct in the classical music world reported a member of the New ...

Kennedy Center honors for Cher, Reba McEntire, ‘Hamilton’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will be honored for lifetime achievements in the arts at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. The national arts center also announced Wednesday a special award for the genre-bending musical Hamilton, as part of the gala set for Dec. 2. Before last year’s program, ...

The most important lessons conductor Marin Alsop learned from her mentor Leonard Bernstein

As the world celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, one of his protégés, conductor Marin Alsop has a busy schedule conducting his works around the world. During rehearsals with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for performances of Bernstein’s MASS at the Ravinia Festival, Alsop spoke about some of the most important lessons she learned from her mentor about music and about life.

Super Bowl champ to play sax with Philadelphia Orchestra

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra has acquired a Super Bowl champion. Eagles center Jason Kelce will play baritone saxophone with the orchestra Tuesday to benefit the team’s autism challenge. The music will accompany the team’s highlights from NFL Films. In the offseason, Kelce played with the Avalon String Band during a Mummers parade to celebrate Mardi Gras. Mummers are ...

Attending live concerts increases life expectancy, improves well-being more than yoga, dog-walking, study finds

A new study conducted by O2, a company which owns some of United Kingdom’s largest music venues, and Patrick Fagan claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being.

WFMT welcomes new “Morning Program” host

When you wake up on Monday, August 6 and turn on WFMT, you’ll hear a new, yet familiar, voice as the host of the Morning Program. Longtime weekend morning host Dennis Moore will take over from Carl Grapentine, who hosted the program for 22 years. Maggie Clennon Reberg, who joined WFMT in 2015 as a part-time program host, will host ...

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