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From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti has sent a resounding message that live classical music has returned the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown. He conducted the inaugural concert of the summer festival in his adopted home of Ravenna. The town plans a full festival program in outdoor venues and with distanced musicians. The renowned 78-year-old conductor said the coronavirus ...

4 Can’t-Miss Chicago Juneteenth Livestreams

As the city, state, and country celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US, Chicago arts and music organizations are giving performances and leading discussions centering Black artists. Here are four music-related streams we think you should tune in to.

Juneteenth on WFMT

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Contrary to some misconceptions, the June 19 holiday does not mark the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863. In fact, the holiday marks a more somber occasion: the date in 1865 when Union soldiers brought news of their victory — and ...

World War II forces sweetheart singer Vera Lynn dies at 103

LONDON (AP) — Dame Vera Lynn, the endearingly popular “Forces’ Sweetheart” who serenaded British troops abroad during World War II, has died. She was 103. During the war and long after, Lynn got crowds singing, smiling and crying with sentimental favorites such as “We’ll Meet Again,” and “The White Cliffs of Dover.” The family statement says Lynn was surrounded by ...

All Aboard! Your Musical Voyage Awaits [Playlist]

With everyone’s travel plans pretty much on hold, WFMT brings you a "musical getaway," taking you around the world from the comfort of your cushiest armchair.

No 2020 ‘Nutcracker’ As Joffrey Ballet Cancels Performances through December

Today, the Joffrey Ballet announced cancellations through December 2020 in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This means the outright cancellation of two productions: Manon, which was to launch the season in October, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker, which was created specifically for the Joffrey and Chicago. Combined with the cancellation of Don Quixote, which was set to close the 2019-20 season ...

Lyric Cancels Performances Until January 2021

Today, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director, president, and CEO Anthony Freud announced the decision to cancel performances at the Lyric Opera House through December 2020, eliminating the fall opening of the season that was to begin in September. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the statement explains, in-person performances will be among the last to return, making “operating on anything ...

NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6, but says the schedule is uncertain and will depend on the health situation. The Vienna Philharmonic ...

The Dalai Lama to release 1st album in July

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dalai Lama’s first-ever album will be released on July 6. It features teachings and mantras set to music by the Tibetan spiritual leader. The project came about after Junelle Kunin decided to pitch The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2015 about creating an album fusing music with the Dalai Lama’s words. She ...

Sunday: Celebrating Black Classical Artists

This Sunday June 7, WFMT will present a full day of classical music from the perspectives of Black composers, instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Some of the day’s highlights include performances of music by Valerie Coleman and Paquito D’Rivera by Imani Winds, music by Michael Abels performed by two artists from Chicago’s South Side: Demarre McGill, flute, and Anthony McGill, clarinet ...

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