15 Books about music for the young and young at heart

Whether or not you’re heading back to school, these books are sure to delight any music lover


Long Distance Music Saves the (Wedding) Day!

How some creative thinking helped give a wedding live stream the music it needed.

How do Broadway stars cope with silent theaters? They sing

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus silenced Broadway. It could not silence two of its rising stars: Samantha Pauly and Brittney Mack, who play two wives of Henry VIII in the musical "Six."

From the Opera House to Your House: Ryan Opera Center Artists Bring Music Home

Keeping busy and enjoying great music are some of the best ways to get through COVID-19 quarantining. Ryan Opera Center artists have been doing both in a series of homemade performance videos.

Rich Warren Pays Tribute to John Prine

John Prine, who began his career in Chicago, exhibited the ability to wring every possible meaning from a word to expose the joy, sorrow, frailty, and strength of the human condition.

Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Slatkin, Vincent Price Team Up for an Orchestral Take on ‘The Raven’

As an outsized figure in literature and poetry, Poe has inspired composers like Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass, and composer-conductor Leonard Slatkin, who set Poe's "The Raven" to music in 1971.

We Want to Hear From YOU!

While we may not be able to gather in our communities, we’re still using music to bring our community together. Please send us your suggestions for pieces we can play for our listeners around the world.

Some Infectiously Fun and Incredibly Fast Music on a Wurlitzer Organ [Video]

The organ is a polarizing instrument, but one organist is doing his best to appeal to a wide audience with these infectiously fun, utterly virtuosic, rather tongue-in-cheek, and thoroughly entertaining performances.

6 Hours, 12 Countries, 250 Performers: ‘The Lunar Opera’ Gets the Virtual Treatment

A marathon 6-hour performance will be held in an unexpected (but increasingly familiar) place: Zoom! The video conferencing platform will provide the proscenium for a performance of Pauline Oliveros’ postmodern masterpiece 'The Lunar Opera.'

Beethoven Said It First: “Oh what joy, in the open air!”

Getting through winter in Chicago is tough enough, but when it’s immediately followed by a global pandemic and social distancing, it’s a real double-whammy. We're reminded of the Prisoners' Chorus from Beethoven's 'Fidelio.'

E-thereal: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Performs ‘Lux Aurumque’

While isolating ourselves in our homes, many of us have been keeping our social connections through technology. Though the deep need for this technology may feel new, the popular choral composer Eric Whitacre pioneered the concept of a “virtual choir” over a decade ago.

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