Watch excerpts from two new-to-Chicago operas - Il Pigmalione and Rita
Mahler manuscript sells for record $5.6 million in London
The autograph score of Mahler’s Second Symphony (Source: Sotheby’s) LONDON (AP) — An auction house says the manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony has sold for 4.5 million pounds ($5.6 million), setting a new auction record for a musical manuscript. Sotheby’s London says the 232-page manuscript, written in Mahler’s own hand, is remarkable because it retains its original form and shows the ...
Pianist Mary Sauer Retires from Chicago Symphony Orchestra After 57 Years of Service
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced in a press release on November 8, 2016 that principal piano Mary Sauer will retire after nearly six decades of service. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sauer received her bachelors and masters in music degrees from the Chicago Musical College. She studied piano with Rudolph Ganz, William Kapell, and Irene Schneidmann. Sauer began her long ...
Powder sprinkled into opera pit may have been human ashes
NEW YORK (AP) — A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York’s Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover’s ashes, police said Saturday. The freakish incident during an afternoon performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” forced Met officials to cancel the rest of the show as well as an evening performance of a second opera. ...
Batter Up! 10 Tunes to Enjoy Between Baseball Innings
Got baseball on the brain? You’re definitely not alone! Here are some tunes you can enjoy in between innings this baseball season. "The Star Spangled Banner" is about as American as apple pie and baseball. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato garnered lots of attention for her performance of the National Anthem at game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Everybody knows this ...
Notorious RBG Makes Opera Debut in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment
Opera lover and Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has appeared in an opera before – at least, in a way. She is a character in Scalia/Ginsburg, a comic one act with words and music by Derrick Wang that had its world premiere in July 2015. But now, Ginsburg herself will appear in a production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of ...
Playlist | 10 of WFMT Music Director Andi Lamoreaux’s Favorite Musical Works
As WFMT’s Music Director, Andi Lamoreaux get to share some of her favorite music with audiences around the world. Here are some of her favorite pieces and performers, along with suggested recordings.
8 Chopin Recordings Every Music Lover Should Own
If you love the music of Frédéric Chopin and are looking to expand your recording collection, here are a few albums you might want to consider. These 8 recordings feature 8 different pianists performing 8 different genres, giving you an appreciation for the diversity of Chopin’s works and the musicians who perform them.
15 Classical Works to Help You Fall into Fall [Playlist]
Need some music to help you warm up this fall? We've got the perfect soundtrack.
How Western Opera Changed Singing in Chinese Opera
If you have ever heard Peking opera, you might think that one of the only things this style of singing has in common with Western opera singing is that they both contain the word "opera."
Is Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D “Unplayable”? Violinist Jennifer Koh Explains…
Violinist Jennifer Koh on what makes this piece such an enduring favorite, her own journey with the piece, and why the concerto was once considered “unplayable.”
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