Does classical music have a clapping problem?

As classical organizations seek to bring more newcomers to the concert hall, have traditions of audience silence worn out their welcome?


QUIZ: Name That Soprano!

Do you think you know divas? Try this quiz and see if you can match the voice to the soprano.

Music for Veterans Day with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips

Last February, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and WFMT producer Matt DeStefano introduced The Film Score, celebrating great music composed for the movies. Daily segments of The Film Score were tied to the Academy Awards, and the series generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation. It’s encore time. The Film Score: Music for Veterans Day is an hour-long special, once ...

Pianist Mary Sauer Retires from Chicago Symphony Orchestra After 57 Years of Service

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced in a press release on November 8, 2016 that principal piano Mary Sauer will retire after nearly six decades of service.  A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sauer received her bachelors and masters in music degrees from the Chicago Musical College.  She studied piano with Rudolph Ganz, William Kapell, and Irene Schneidmann. Sauer began her long ...

Classical Music and Musicians at the White House, By Presidential Administration

We the people of the United States of America love classical music. Here's a look at some of the classical music and musicians that have been heard at the White House throughout history, arranged by presidential administration.

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. ...

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