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.

Chicago Opera Theatre announces three new-to-Chicago operas for 2018/19 season

Chicago Opera Theater today announced its 2018/19 season composed of three new-to-Chicago works, continuing the company’s commitment to presenting new and rarely performed operas.

Music for Oscar Week 2018

Explore this year's Oscar-nominated film scores with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.

The Old Town School of Folk Music at 60: Music tonight and every night since 1957

Over the last sixty years the Old Town School of Folk Music has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest non-profit community arts school in the United States.

Classical radio host Carl Grapentine announces retirement from “dream job” at WFMT

WFMT’s longtime Morning Program host Carl Grapentine landed what he describes as his “dream job” by chance. He first heard about WFMT in the early 1970s from his colleagues at WQRS, a classical radio station in Detroit that modeled itself after WFMT. Years later, while attending the Concert Music Broadcasters Association in Chicago, “I got up the courage to speak ...

VIDEO | Violinist Stefan Milenkovich and pianist Rohan de Silva perform LIVE in the WFMT studios

Watch celebrated Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovich and acclaimed pianist Rohan de Silva share works by Beethoven, Ravel, Paganini, and Tchaikovsky.

Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony dedicate Florida concert to victims of school shooting

On February 14, 2018, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra dedicated a performance in West Palm Beach, Florida, to victims of the tragic school shooting that took place in nearby Parkland. At the beginning of the concert, which took place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Muti addressed the audience saying: “The musicians of the Chicago Symphony ...

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