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“High priestess” or “master of an art of singing”? Changing the conversation about Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson is undoubtedly one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Learn about how musicians and music historians are changing the conversation about the "Queen of Gospel."

This Video of a Silver-Haired Soprano Singing a Verdi Aria is Sure to Leave You Feeling Warm & Fuzzy

Who says youth is wasted on the young? The silver-haired soprano Fausta Truffa hasn’t let her age stop her from sharing her remarkable gift. In this video below, Truffa sings the aria with accompanying chorus “La vergine degli angeli” from Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). At this moment in the opera, the character Leonora seeks sanctuary ...

LISTEN | 4 Wintry works of contemporary classical music to help you survive the cold

Hear samples from 4 works of contemporary classical music that explore different aspects of winter.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Quotes by Composers

Can you match the quotation to the composer? Take this quiz and find out.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2017 Season

Today, Grant Park Music Festival announced its 2017 summer season. This year’s festival runs for 10 weeks from June 14 through August 19 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and other city venues including the South Shore Cultural Center. The opening night concert features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman as the soloist. The world premiere of a ...

In Their Own Words: Inspiring Quotes by Classical Musicians We Loved and Lost in 2016

2016 was a year of great loss, and the world of music was not spared. Find some inspiration in the words of these great classical musicians who are no longer with us.

WARNING: You Can’t Unsee This Creepy Yet Fascinating Video of the Human Voice in Action

The human voice is no doubt one of the most fascinating musical instruments. Some aspects of vocal production might be a mystery to you. Unlike most instruments, where we can see what might be vibrating to produce sound or at least mechanisms that alter the sound, the majority of the voice’s moving parts are completely hidden. But thanks to fiberoptic ...

7 Classical Drinking Songs to Help You Ring in 2017

Who says enjoying classical music has to be a sober affair? Here are some classical drinking songs to help you say goodbye to 2016.

Just Try Not to Cry Listening to “Princess Leia’s Theme” from the “Star Wars” Soundtrack

Do you think the music to Star Wars is some of the best ever written? John Williams’s 1977 score to Star Wars was literally selected as the greatest American film score of all time by the American Film Institute. You may have always had a sweet spot for “Princess Leia’s Theme” from the soundtrack to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New ...

Inside Joffrey Ballet’s New “Nutcracker”

Earlier this month, Joffrey Ballet gave the world premiere of a fresh take on a beloved classic, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago.  In Joffrey’s new Nutcracker, the story is set during the Columbian Exposition of 1893, a milestone in Chicago history. Joffrey’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and dancer Christine Rocas joined WFMT Program Director David Polk in an Arts ...

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