For the Record: The Library of Congress Welcomes Four Classical Recordings to the National Recording Registry

Every year since 2002, the National Recording Registry selects a number of sound recordings to honor. Here are four classical recordings registered this year.

Opera in New York City to feature inmates recorded in Iowa

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections for a recording that will be played during a New York City opera performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to perform the “Prisoner’s Chorus” for its New York City live ...

10 Classical works to put a little spring in your step

Composers have been inspired by all aspects of nature, and the changing of the seasons is no exception. As the weather warms up and the birds begin to chirp, here are some classical works to put a little spring in your step.

VIDEO | Soprano Ailyn Pérez performs LIVE at WFMT

Internationally acclaimed soprano Ailyn Pérez visited the WFMT studios to share "The Jewel Song" from Gounod's "Faust" as well as one of her favorite songs by composer María Grever, "Júrame."

VIDEO | Bagpipes 101 with Dave Johnston

Did you know that bagpipes aren’t from Ireland or Scotland, but the Middle East? Discover more about this fascinating instrument with piper Dave Johnston.

Ravinia announces 2018 festival season of music and more

Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman today announced the festival’s summer lineup, over one hundred forty events from June 1 – September 16, 2018. Highlighting Ravinia 2018 is a celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, being organized by the festival’s first-ever artistic curator, conductor and former Bernstein student Marin Alsop. The festival also highlights the eighty-third annual residency of the ...

Levine fired by Met after it finds evidence of sexual abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera fired music director emeritus James Levine after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine was suspended by the Met in December pending the investigation. The Met says in a Monday statement that its investigation found Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of ...

15-year-old pianist Yerin Yang wins 2018 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

Many musicians dream to perform on the stage of Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition makes this dream come true for one young musician every year. On Saturday, March 3, four young pianists competed for the opportunity to perform with the CSO during a student concert in the 2018/19 season. ...

Of all American orchestras, Chicago Sinfonietta has programmed the highest percentage of works by women

The Chicago Sinfonietta has been devoted to diversity and inclusion since it was founded by pioneering African-American conductor Paul Freeman. Throughout the 2017/18 season, the orchestra is shining a spotlight on women composers. In fact, it’s shining it brighter than most orchestras in the country; no other organization of its kind has programmed a higher percentage of works by women ...

VIDEO | Hear one of the world’s most ancient and romantic instruments: the santoor

Pandit Satish Vyas visited the WFMT studios to perform on what he considers to be one of the most meditative and romantic instruments in the world: the santoor. It’s also one of the most ancient.

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