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.
Chicago Opera Theater 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 ...
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