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Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces

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Some Sublime Schubert from Duo Tal & Groethuysen [Video]

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No Maestro, No Problem for Chicago’s Conductorless Orchestra

Conductors are all but a given in symphonic performance today. Front and center, they provide a dynamic focal point for the audience while guiding the artistic experience onstage. But what if there were no conductor? Who would run the show? In chamber music, the artists themselves are usually tasked with determining the artistic interpretation and then communicating together to play ...

Harris Theater Announces 2020-2021 Season

This morning, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance announced its 2020-2021 season. The season which runs from August 19, 2020, to May 6, 2021, features 36 performances including vocal recitals, symphonic concerts, and ballet performances. The season’s lineup of vocal concerts includes performances by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who will perform music from her ...

‘Is this the real life?’ — Opera artists on singing ‘verismo’ with Muti & CSO

'Verismo,' by its very definition, means truth. Rather than depicting nobility or mythology, 'verismo' opera tells stories of everyday people, and 'Cavalleria rusticana' by Pietro Mascagni is a premiere example of the genre. Before their performances with Riccardo Muti and the CSO, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, tenor Piero Pretti, and baritone Luca Salsi talked with WFMT about their approaches to 'verismo' opera and the relevance of 'Cavalleria' today.

National Symphony cancels 3 China concerts due to virus

The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai next month following China’s virus outbreak. Music director Gianandrea Noseda had been scheduled to lead performances in Beijing on March 13 and March 14 followed by a concert in Shanghai on March 17, all with Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang. The orchestra says the decision was made ...

Ravinia Appoints Marin Alsop Chief Conductor and Curator

Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival, announces today that Marin Alsop will become the festival’s Chief Conductor and Curator beginning in the summer of 2020. The two-year appointment was created especially for Alsop, who curated Ravinia’s multi-season celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. READ MORE: Conductor, MacArthur ‘Genius’ Marin Alsop Explains Why There Aren’t More Women on ...

11 Studs Terkel Conversations for Black History Month

Layla June West wrote in the introduction to the Studs Terkel Radio Archive’s African-American History & Culture Section, “Terkel’s archive shows that people, famous or not, act and react with the world around them in the business of love, activism, art, and everything in between. By capturing archiving this fullness, he expands the American collective memory and captures the diversity ...

Boston Symphony cancels Asia tour amid China virus outbreak

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled its coming tour of Asia amid concerns about the deadly virus in China. Andris Nelsons, the orchestra’s music director, said Thursday that the decision was made out of concern for the “health and well-being” of its musicians. The orchestra had been scheduled to go on a four-city tour that included Seoul in South Korea, ...

An Unusual Undertaking: Pianist Preps for 12+ Hour Performance

This weekend, while many are preparing to tune in to the Big Game, one artist will be embarking on a uniquely athletic and strenuous concert more than 12 hours in length. Carl J. LaMark, a pianist and composer who hails from the Chicago area, will be performing Erik Satie’s full Vexations beginning the morning on Sunday, February 2 (and lasting ...

Every 2020/21 Season Release, All in One Place

The first few months of a new calendar year customarily usher in a flurry of season announcements. We've already heard from a couple distinguished Chicago music organizations, and we can expect more from other area arts and music organizations in the coming weeks and months. On this page, we'll keep you updated with a rolling list of season announcements as ...

Famed Welsh singer Bryn Terfel breaks ankle in three places

Bryn Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, causing him to cancel what would have been his first performances at the Metropolitan Opera since 2012. The 54-year-old Welsh bass-baritone had been scheduled to star in a new production of Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Hollaender (The Flying Dutchman)” that opens March 2. The Lyric Opera of ...

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