CSO performs Elizabeth Ogonek’s “All These Lighted Things”

Riccardo Muti conduct a new work by CSO composer in-residence Elizabeth Ogonek, Sunday at 8:00 pm

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LISTEN: The Inspiring Way Composers and Musicians Are Raising Awareness About HIV/AIDS

Musicians and composers are using the art of song to raise awareness about one of the world’s most serious health challenges: HIV/AIDS. You may be familiar with the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt, an approximately 54-ton quilt that commemorates those who have died of AIDS-related causes. It’s currently considered the largest piece of community folk art in the world. Composers and ...

CSO Announces Program Change, Dutoit to Conduct U.S. Premiere of Newly-Discovered Stravinsky Work, “Funeral Song”

In April 2017, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform a newly-discovered work by Stravinsky, Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), in concerts led by Charles Dutoit. Originally, Dutoit was scheduled to perform Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila with the CSO. The program was changed, however, to present the U.S. premiere of Funeral Song shortly after it has its first performance in ...

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 ...

Chicago Public Schools Reports Increased Access to Arts Education, Despite Statewide Budget Crisis

Ingenuity Inc., an organization that works to improve and expand arts education in Chicago, released its annual progress report surveying arts education in Chicago Public Schools.  Considering that earlier this year, Illinois’ public school districts were $20 billion in debt, Ingenuity’s findings may surprise you. In 2013, CPS announced its Arts Education Plan, which states: “Through a comprehensive and sequential ...

North Shore Guitarist Adam Levin Brings Music to Mexican Community Founded Atop Former Landfill

“I never thought in a million years that I would found a non-profit,” guitarist Adam Levin said. Yet today he is working to bring “equitable access to the guitar in a sustainable way” through the Kithara Project, which he founded nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The North Shore native’s talents have brought him all over the world, including to Spain on ...

This Black MIDI Version of “Let It Go” Is More Terrifyingly Difficult Than Any Liszt Piece

You’ve likely heard the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen at least once since it was released in 2013. Not only did “Let It Go” win Best Original Song at the 2014 Academy Awards and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2015 Grammy Awards, it’s also been recorded in dozens of languages from Cantonese to Croatian. Even ...

In Chicago, Trump Supporter Claps Back at “Hamilton” With Profane Shouting, Leaves in Handcuffs

Following the success of Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, the show has landed in Chicago, where an audience member disrupted a performance on Saturday, November 19. The news follows another incident with the original production of Hamilton in New York that made recent news. Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays the role of Aaron Burr in the New York production, addressed Vice ...

How Transgender Composer Wendy Carlos Changed Music Forever

Whether or not you know composer Wendy Carlos by name, you’ve likely heard her work. At the very least, you’ve benefited from her work to mainstream electronic music. Take a look at some of the most important moments in Carlos’s career below.

Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to ...

How Choreographer Martha Graham Named Aaron Copland’s American Classic, “Appalachian Spring”

When you think of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, do you think of iconic American landscapes? Would it surprise you to know that one of America’s most iconic musical works got its name after it was composed? Appalachian Spring, though perhaps known best as an orchestral suite, was composed as a ballet for Martha Graham Dance Company  starring the company’s founder ...

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