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Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

DETROIT (AP) — Musician David DiChiera, who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He founded the organization in 1971 and was its longtime general director. In 1993, DiChiera bought a dilapidated ...

Meet the youth orchestra that’s bridging the gap between Cuba and the US through music

In May 2015, the Minnesota Orchestra made history with its performance at the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba. The ensemble was the first American orchestra in decades to perform on the island, and the concert was broadcast around the country, including on WFMT. Rena Kraut, a Highland Park native and professional clarinetist who toured with the orchestra, was inspired not ...

‘Show must go on:’ Stranded in Europe, Boston Symphony Orchestra improvises

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album Songs in the Key of A — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam. The renowned orchestra very nearly missed the last stop on its 12-concert, eight-city European tour when it got stuck in Paris en route to the Dutch capital. Symphony spokeswoman Bernadette Horgan said ...

Sound the Shofar!

The shofar, an instrument made from a ram's horn, is heard in synagogues all over the world during the Jewish High Holidays. It has also been heard outside those confines for ages, as a call to battle, or a way for shepherds to summon their flocks.

Poland’s Tomasz Ritter wins Chopin contest on period pianos

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tomasz Ritter of Poland was announced the winner Thursday of the world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era. Japan’s Naruhiko Kawaguci and Poland’s Aleksandar Swigut both won second place. Third place went to Krzysztof Ksiazek of Poland. Dmitry Ablogin of Russia and France’s Antoine de Grolee won honorable mentions. The ...

Russian orchestra hires conductor accused of sexual abuse

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia’s oldest philharmonic orchestra says it has hired a Swiss conductor who has been the target of accusations of sexual misconduct. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra said in a statement Thursday that it has hired Charles Dutoit as its new principal guest conductor and he will start in May next year. Three opera singers and ...

VIDEO | How to play harpsichord repertoire on piano with Jory Vinikour

Grammy-nominated Jory Vinikour shares his advice for how to capture the magic of the harpsichord on the piano.

Hear the symphony Mohammed Fairouz composed as a response to the 9/11 attacks

When composer Mohammed Fairouz isn’t busy writing symphonies or operas, he’s likely writing about international politics for the Huffington Post, On Being, or Foreign Policy.

The true origins of Gershwin’s “Summertime”

“Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is doubtless one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook. But did you know that neither the tune to “Summertime” nor the lyrics are by George Gershwin?

QUIZ | Can We Guess What Broadway Show You Should Star In?

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights on the Big White Way? Take this quiz to see if we can guess what Tony Award winning Broadway musical YOU should star in.
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dennis's morning quiz

Dennis MooreAutumn arrived at 8:54 Saturday evening, the exact time of the autumnal equinox here in Chicago. This morning on “Carl’s Almanac,” Carl Grapentine played a piece titled “Autumn,” a concertino for harp, strings, and percussion by an American composer that was premiered in Madrid, Spain in 1964. The composer of “Autumn” also served as the chief music critic for the New York Herald Tribune for 14 years. Who is that composer?

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