6 Times Orchestras Scored at Major Sporting Events

Members of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles perform at the Halftime Show of Super Bowl 50 with Coldplay's Chris Martin (Photo: Arnie Papp, CC BY 2.0, image cropped) On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, ending an infamous 108-year championship drought. Cubs fans around the world have been “flying the W” (for Wrigley Field) and singing the team’s ...

Baroque Opera Discovered in Bolivian Jungles Has Midwest Premiere

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VIDEO: Juilliard Students Troll Westboro Baptist Church with Musical Counter-Protest

When students at the Juilliard School in New York learned that members of the Westboro Baptist Church were planning to protest “the vanity called ‘The Arts’” outside of the prestigious conservatory, they quickly planned a counter-protest. A press release posted on the church’s website announced that on November 3rd, from 8:00-9:00 am, “Christ will be preached at the Juilliard School ...

Recommended Classical Music Performances in Chicago

The World Series has ended and the 2016 presidential election looms next week. If “musick has charms to soothe a savage breast”,” why not enjoy some live performances? Here are some recommended events happening in Chicago between Thursday, November 3 and Sunday, November 6, 2016. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Philip Glass at Old Town School of Folk Music If you’re lucky ...

QUIZ: Name That Tenor!

Think you know opera singers? See if you can match the voice in the recording to the correct tenor.

Powder sprinkled into opera pit may have been human ashes

NEW YORK (AP) — A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York’s Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover’s ashes, police said Saturday. The freakish incident during an afternoon performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” forced Met officials to cancel the rest of the show as well as an evening performance of a second opera. ...

Second City and Lyric Look for the Lighter Side of Wagner with “LONGER! LOUDER! WAGNER!”

The  latest collaboration between Lyric Opera of Chicago and Second City is LONGER! LOUDER! WAGNER!, which runs through Sunday, October 30 at the Civic Opera House. Actor Tim Ryder, who appeared in The Second City Guide to the Opera  (also in collaboration with Lyric), said: “This show tells two stories in parallel: the story of Richard Wagner as he creates the Ring ...

Joan Baez Talks Trump, Taxes, and Dylan

Joan Baez has always said she is an activist first and an artist second. At 75 years old, her priorities have not changed. This fall, Baez is on a tour of major cities throughout the United States to, in part, raise awareness about the nation’s criminal justice system.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association Reports Ticket Sales Up, Deficit Slightly Down

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Batter Up! 10 Tunes to Enjoy Between Baseball Innings

Got baseball on the brain? You’re definitely not alone! Here are some tunes you can enjoy in between innings this baseball season. "The Star Spangled Banner" is about as American as apple pie and baseball. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato garnered lots of attention for her performance of the National Anthem at game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Everybody knows this ...

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