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Muti to conduct classical music’s return to Italian stage

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian government is permitting concerts and other live performances to begin on June 15, a ...

Three Chicago Premieres in Chicago Opera Theater’s 2020-21 Season

Today, the Chicago Opera Theater took to Facebook and YouTube to announce its 2020-21 season, a slate of three productions that are all Chicago premieres. The season will open on November 21 with two performances of The Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov. Not only will the performances at Harris Theater for Music and Dance mark the Chicago premiere of ...

Share some coffee and songs with tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Like most of us, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is trying to make the best use of his time and keep his spirits high during the pandemic. A favorite in Chicago, he has thrilled audiences many times at Lyric Opera of Chicago, most recently in 2019 portraying Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Throughout the quarantine, Brownlee has shared a host ...

‘Wicked’ creator Stephen Schwartz on what he learned from Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who created hit musicals like Wicked and Godspell, was just 23 years old when he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein. In a video chat interview with WFMT’s George Preston, Schwartz recounts how he came to contribute to MASS, and what he learned from Bernstein.

WFMT, CSO Announce Extension of Joint Series ‘From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice’

Today, WFMT is pleased to announce the extension of its collaborative series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice — For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times. The joint series, which is curated by CSO music director Riccardo Muti, launched in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first slate of programs running ...