Opera in New York City to feature inmates recorded in Iowa
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections for a recording that will be played during a New York City opera performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to perform the “Prisoner’s Chorus” for its New York City live ...
10 Classical works to put a little spring in your step
Composers have been inspired by all aspects of nature, and the changing of the seasons is no exception. As the weather warms up and the birds begin to chirp, here are some classical works to put a little spring in your step.
Ravinia announces 2018 festival season of music and more
Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman today announced the festival’s summer lineup, over one hundred forty events from June 1 – September 16, 2018. Highlighting Ravinia 2018 is a celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, being organized by the festival’s first-ever artistic curator, conductor and former Bernstein student Marin Alsop. The festival also highlights the eighty-third annual residency of the ...
3 new-to-Chicago operas you should see this week
Opera lovers rejoice: three operas never-before-seen in Chicago come to town this week in performances by Chicago Fringe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Mark Morris Dance Group in collaboration with Silk Road Ensemble. Learn more about these works from their creators to help you decided which one to see. Or if you can’t pick just one, attend all three!
Levine fired by Met after it finds evidence of sexual abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera fired music director emeritus James Levine after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine was suspended by the Met in December pending the investigation. The Met says in a Monday statement that its investigation found Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of ...
15-year-old pianist Yerin Yang wins 2018 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
Many musicians dream to perform on the stage of Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition makes this dream come true for one young musician every year. On Saturday, March 3, four young pianists competed for the opportunity to perform with the CSO during a student concert in the 2018/19 season. ...
Of all American orchestras, Chicago Sinfonietta has programmed the highest percentage of works by women
The Chicago Sinfonietta has been devoted to diversity and inclusion since it was founded by pioneering African-American conductor Paul Freeman. Throughout the 2017/18 season, the orchestra is shining a spotlight on women composers. In fact, it’s shining it brighter than most orchestras in the country; no other organization of its kind has programmed a higher percentage of works by women ...
10 Trailblazing composers you should know (…who also happen to be women)
From medieval times to modernity, women have made important contributions to all aspects of music, including as composers.
VIDEO | Hear one of the world’s most ancient and romantic instruments: the santoor
Pandit Satish Vyas visited the WFMT studios to perform on what he considers to be one of the most meditative and romantic instruments in the world: the santoor. It’s also one of the most ancient.
Chicago Opera Theatre announces three new-to-Chicago operas for 2018/19 season
Chicago Opera Theater today announced its 2018/19 season composed of three new-to-Chicago works, continuing the company’s commitment to presenting new and rarely performed operas.
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