Cervantes of ‘Hamilton,’ REO to lead Illinois 200th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) — A Gettysburg Address rap by Broadway in Chicago’s Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes, Illinois-bred rockers REO Speedwagon and a cast of Prairie State celebrities will highlight the state’s 200th birthday party Dec. 3. The bicentennial extravaganza ‘s lineup was announced Thursday. The theme of the party at Chicago’s United Center is “Born, Built and Grown in Illinois.” A tribute ...

Chicago, A History in Song

Chicago is world famous for its architectural gems, dramatic skyline, gorgeous lakefront, and distinctive neighborhoods. Alongside the stunning views, the city also has a sound that’s all its own. The vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella opens its 25th anniversary season with an exploration of the Windy City's history in song from its beginnings to the present day, showcasing the city’s unique voice.

Studs Terkel’s most compelling conversations, unpacked for the 21st century in a new podcast

The WFMT Radio Network’s Studs Terkel Radio Archives shares Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing, a new podcast launching on Friday, October 5. Host Eve Ewing, a writer, scholar, and artist, revives the tradition of Studs Terkel, a legendary Chicago author, broadcaster, and oral historian. In his 45 years of broadcasting on WFMT, Studs spoke with some of the 20th century’s most interesting ...

Violinist, professor, pastor among 25 ‘genius grant’ winners

CHICAGO (AP) — A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, ...

18 underrated concertos we should hear more often

What makes a piece popular? How does a piece survive its first few performances? What makes something a warhorse, played over and over again, easily marketed from decade to decade? Who decides what’s good, anyway? Here are 18 underrated concertos – ones that don’t get played all that much, but maybe should be more widely known.

Arias and Songs host Larry Johnson donates over 5,000 records to the DePaul University School of Music

This September, WFMT’s Arias and Songs host Larry Johnson donated his personal record collection to the DePaul University School of Music. Though Larry primarily features CDs on his program, over several decades his collection has evolved into over 5,000 recordings, including LPs and original 78RPM discs dating back to 1901. “This record collection is for students and faculty to enjoy, to ...

Fire at Venice’s La Fenice brought quickly under control

MILAN (AP) — A fire in Venice’s rebuilt La Fenice opera house was swiftly brought under control Monday, 22 years after a blaze had destroyed the famous theater. Italian news agency ANSA reported that the fire broke out early Monday in a technical room that was under 24-hour surveillance as a precaution following the fire in 1996, which was ruled ...

Barcelona dedicates a garden to the late soprano Montserrat Figueras

Soprano Montserrat Figueras, who specialized in early music, is being remembered by her native city of Barcelona with a garden dedicated in her name, located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, specifically in the Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample. The City of Barcelona decided in June 2016 to name the interior garden as the Montserrat Figueras Gardens (Jardins de Montserrat Figueras). A plaque ...

Less than 5% of Audio Engineers are Women — This is My Story

My name is Mary Mazurek, and I am a recording engineer, an artist, an educator, and a Ph.D. candidate. But most of all, I am a woman working in a very male-dominated field. I've enjoyed a wonderful career. But it almost didn't happen.

4 Celebrities Who Happen to Play French Horn

What do a political analyst, a former Miss America, a fake news anchor, and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi have in common? At some point in each of their lives, they all played French horn!

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