Chance the Rapper Gives $1 Million for Arts Ed in Chicago Public Schools, Goal to Raise $215 Million

Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native and recent Grammy Award-winning artist, announced that he will donate $1 million to support arts and enrichment programs in Chicago Public Schools. The announcement came about a week after his meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss funding for CPS. Chance described the meeting as “unsuccessful.” “I’m honored to make this donation to [CPS] to help cultivate ...

Playlist | 10 Composers Changing Contemporary Classical Music (Who Also Happen to Be Women)

If you’re looking to expand your own repertoire, why not explore the music of living composers? Check out these 10 composers changing contemporary classical music today who also all happen to be women.

Riccardo Muti and CSO Present Haydn’s Seven Last Words at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral is an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Chicago. On Friday, February 17, the church opened its doors to another Chicago treasure, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

VIDEO: Renée Fleming’s Most Important Advice for Young Singers to Be Successful in Opera Today

Soprano Renée Fleming offers advice for young singers from inside the Lyric Opera House in Chicago As classical music and opera evolve into the 21st century, so must musicians. Star soprano Renée Fleming spoke with WFMT to share some advice for today’s young singers. Hear her share the most important thing a young singer can do to ensure a successful ...

Meet Susie Lape, the New Executive Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Now in its 70th season, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) recently announced that Susie Lape will serve as the orchestras’ new Executive Director. Susie is currently Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony. You might recall a recent WFMT series highlighting the Lake Forest Symphony’s search for a new music director in the aptly named program The Search. The CYSO ...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Season

Music director Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association president Jeff Alexander have announced the 2017-2018 season of the CSO and Symphony Center Presents. Muti will conduct ten weeks of subscription programs at Symphony Center and lead the orchestra on two U.S. tours, to the West Coast in October and to the East Coast in February 2018. He’ll honor the ...

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s La forza del destino is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the company’s 2016-17 schedule to save about $1 million. The staging, a co-production with the English National ...

Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert

BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg’s spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall finally hosted its first concert on Wednesday night, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget. President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the guests at the maiden concert that was conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester is playing music from the renaissance to the ...

Classical Music to Accompany Your Hanukkah

Host Maggie Reberg shares the music that's captivated her imagination this Hanukkah.

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