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NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6, but says the schedule is uncertain and will depend on the health situation. The Vienna Philharmonic ...

The Dalai Lama to release 1st album in July

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dalai Lama’s first-ever album will be released on July 6. It features teachings and mantras set to music by the Tibetan spiritual leader. The project came about after Junelle Kunin decided to pitch The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2015 about creating an album fusing music with the Dalai Lama’s words. She ...

Sunday: Celebrating Black Classical Artists

This Sunday June 7, WFMT will present a full day of classical music from the perspectives of Black composers, instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Some of the day’s highlights include performances of music by Valerie Coleman and Paquito D’Rivera by Imani Winds, music by Michael Abels performed by two artists from Chicago’s South Side: Demarre McGill, flute, and Anthony McGill, clarinet ...

Dallas Opera postpones opening night from October to March

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Opera is postponing opening night from Oct. 9 to March 5 and cutting its 2020-21 season from five productions to four. The company says Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will replace Wagner’s “Lohengrin” next season and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice” has been dropped. “Don Carlo” which was canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dallas Opera’s ...

Keepin’ it unreal with pioneering composer and artist Moondog [Playlist]

Of the thousands of people who passed Moondog as he stood, dressed as a Viking, on his customary Manhattan street corner, few realized that they were walking by one of the great minds of 20th-century music.

Pianist Lara Downes joins WFMT for a moving and timely virtual concert and conversation

In troubled times, music is a source of hope and healing. In a virtual interview and concert with WFMT's George Preston, pianist Lara Downes performs selections from her new album, Some of These Days.

Chicago’s all-time top musical moments? That’s for you to decide.

In a city replete with an embarrassment of musical riches, you can help decide the 35 musical moments and events that will be remembered in years to come. Or, as the organizing nonprofit Art & Business Council of Chicago, which supports arts, music, and cultural organizations, puts it, you can “help ensure that the beat goes on.” In what is ...

This Friday: Oud player Rahim AlHaj channels “Hope and New Beginnings” in WFMT livestream

Oud player Rahim AlHaj (Photo: Michael G. Stewart) As we enter the fourth month of quarantining, its becoming easier and easier to be overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world today. And while it’s easy to slip into pessimism, it’s more important than ever to stay kind, stay optimistic, stay connected. That’s why WFMT is excited to ...

13 pieces inspired by flowers and nature [Playlist]

“And this our life, exempt from public haunts, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything” As You Like It (Act II, Scene 1), William Shakespeare Shakespeare heard the voices of nature, as described here by Duke Senior. Many composers have also answered the call of springtime’s riotous colors during this, the ...

Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album, has died. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died Sunday at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91. Born in Washington, D.C., Cobb was a drummer on the “Kind of Blue” jam ...

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