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Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Arts Education…Saved My Life”

Lin-Manuel Miranda has impacted many lives through his Pulitzer Prize-winning work Hamilton: An American Musical. Recently, Miranda revealed how the arts have impacted him, saying that arts education, “saved my life.” The room where it happened was a studio at Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago’s West Loop, home of Hubbard Street Dance. Since Hamilton has landed in Chicago, Miranda ...

Hear Kristin Chenoweth’s Operatic Version of the “Game of Thrones” Theme Song

But, did you know that Chenoweth got her start as an opera singer? She earned a master’s in opera performance from Oklahoma City University, was named “most promising up-and-coming singer” in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and received a scholarship to one of the nation’s most competitive and advanced training programs for opera singers – the Academy of Vocal ...

10 Jazzed Up Versions of Chopin Classics

Frédéric Chopin is one of the most beloved composers of all time. Here are 10 jazz versions of Chopin that will have you listening to old favorites with new ears.

Oliver Sacks-Inspired Concerto, “Five Hallucinations,” Has Windy City World Premiere

Composer Carl Vine and trombonist Michael Mulcahy are both Australians, and both Sydneysiders – Carl by choice, Mick by birth. Though the two had crossed paths occasionally over the year, their first major collaboration takes place over 9,000 miles from Sydney. Mick is the trombone soloist in Five Hallucinations, Carl’s concerto for trombone and orchestra, which has its world première October ...

Listen to a Dramatic Reading of Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s Artist Bio To End All Artist Bios

If you’re a music lover, you’ve likely read your fair share of artist biographies in program notes, liner notes, or artist websites. But you’ve never read an artist bio quite like Khatia Buniatishvili’s, which contains choice lines such as, “nothing can be imposed on this young lady of the air whose wing-beats pollinate works and who sprinkles a musical cloud ...

Register Now to Visit the WFMT Archives October 6-8, 2016 During Chicago Open Archives

The Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) is hosting its second annual Chicago Open Archives event this weekend. From October 6-8, 2016, over thirty local archives, research centers, and other institutions will open their doors to let the public explore their holdings, and to engage with local archivists, researchers, librarians, and curators. WFMT is proud to be included among the many institutions ...

New Yorker Illustrator Tom Bachtell Talks Trump, Clinton, and Obama

Even if you don’t know the name Tom Bachtell, you definitely know his work. For over 20 years, the Chicago-based illustrator has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, which includes his drawings and caricatures in “The Talk of the Town” each week. You may also have seen Bachtell’s art in other publications including The New York Times, The ...

Finally…Here’s the Classical Cover of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” That We’ve All Been Waiting For

The song and accompanying video was uploaded to YouTube on August 25, 2016 by Japanese comedian Kazuhiko Kosaka. He performs the song as his character DJ Piko-Taro. Currently, the video has been viewed over 18 million times on YouTube and over 65 million times on Facebook. In the video, Kosaka sings, “I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple-pen! ...

How Stephen King’s “The Shining” Became an Opera

Baritone Brian Mulligan as Jack Torrance in “The Shining” by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell Baritone Brian Mulligan as Jack Torrance in “The Shining” by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell “Opera is an irrational art form,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec reflected as he prepares for the world premiere of his latest work, The Shining, at Minnesota Opera. “The first ...

15 Queer Composers You Should Know

Can you imagine a world without the music of Handel, Tchaikovsky, or Britten? These great composers of the past are just a few of many important musical figures who did not identify as heterosexual. Check out this list of 15 composers, some of whom are still living, and let us know who your favorite queer composers are in the comments below. Jean-Baptiste de ...

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