Alicia Alonso, the grande dame of Cuban ballet, has died

HAVANA (AP) — Alicia Alonso, the revered ballerina and choreographer whose nearly 75-year career made her an icon of artistic loyalty to Cuba’s socialist system, died Thursday at age 98.

2020 is the Year of Chicago Music, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events announces

DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly stated that the year will highlight Chicago’s “big bold sounds” and show the world the city's “proudly undefined” music scene.

Enrique Mazzola on his appointment as Lyric’s music director designate and why Luisa Miller is essential Verdi

"You have to know that I am a very curious musician..." said Enrique Mazzola, wearing his trademark red glasses. In September, the Italian conductor was appointed Lyric Opera of Chicago's music director designate.

Merz Trio performs Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 from the Chicago Cultural Center [Video]

From under the Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center, the Merz Trio, which features violinist Brigid Coleridge, cellist Julia Yang, and pianist Lee Dionne, performs Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major. This performance was part of the trio's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert on October 16, 2019.

What makes a Verdi baritone? Sherrill Milnes and Quinn Kelsey explain

There are baritones, and then there are Verdi baritones. They are the elite performers, athletes among baritones, thrilling their fans with blazing top notes and plumbing the depths of some of the most dramatically complex roles in opera.

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.

Late opera star Jessye Norman’s US hometown honors her life

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The hometown of renowned opera star Jessye Norman is continuing four days of honoring her life. Augusta, Georgia, officials plan on Friday to name the street outside the arts school Norman opened in 2003 after her.

Promoting dialogue through opera — Jake Heggie and Sister Helen Prejean talk Dead Man Walking in Lyric panel [Video]

“There are very few places, it seems to me, where people go to reflect as a community… The opera house, or the concert hall, is one of those sacred spaces where you go to connect and communicate with each other as a community,” reflected composer Jake Heggie during a panel about his opera, Dead Man Walking, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Pianist Lucas Krupinski performs music of Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel [Video]

Award-winning pianist Lucas Krupinski is no stranger to the music of Chopin — he was a semi-finalist in the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition. So it was no surprise when the young Polish pianist gave a sensitive, dynamic performance of ...

13 Chicago area arts and music events for a frightening and fun Halloween

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