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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 ...

10 Trailblazing composers you should know (…who also happen to be women)

From medieval times to modernity, women have made important contributions to all aspects of music, including as composers.

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.

LISTEN | The Film Score – Music for Oscar Week 2018

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

6 Classical music and wine pairings that are sure to soothe your soul

Wine and music pair together in perfect harmony. Check out these 6 pairings from maestro and wine ambassador Enrique Mazzola.

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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carl's morning quiz

Carl GrapentineConductor Sir Roger Norrington was born on this date in 1934 — he’s 84 today. Sir Roger began his professional music career as a violinist and as a tenor soloist. In 1962, he founded the Schütz Choir of London. Then in 1978, he founded his own period-instrument orchestra and remained the music director for 20 seasons. What was the name of Sir Roger Norrington’s orchestra?

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