AP Interview: Chopin contest winner praises old pianos

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The winner of the world’s 1st Chopin competition on historic pianos says the search for the original sound restores the appeal of classical music and helps artists understand the composer’s intentions. Tomasz Ritter of Poland was named the best of 30 young pianists at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments this month. The 23-year-old ...

Video | Violinist Jennifer Koh on Creating a Diverse, Thriving Future for Classical Music

Violinist Jennifer Koh visited WFMT for a Facebook live broadcast and shared two contrasting works — the "Sarabande" from Bach's Violin Partita No.2 in D minor and "Kinski Paganini," by Missy Mazzoli. She also spoke about the importance of ensuring that there is diversity in future generations of classical artists. "One of the things that's important to me," Koh shared, "is to bring voice to people who didn't have that voice before."

Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Arts Education…Saved My Life”

Lin-Manuel Miranda has impacted many lives through his Pulitzer Prize-winning work Hamilton: An American Musical. Recently, Miranda revealed how the arts have impacted him, saying that arts education, “saved my life.” The room where it happened was a studio at Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago’s West Loop, home of Hubbard Street Dance. Since Hamilton has landed in Chicago, Miranda ...

Hear Kristin Chenoweth’s Operatic Version of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song

The Broadway star — who got her start in opera — shared her operatic talents on a recent episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' performing her own unique rendition of the theme song to 'Game of Thrones.'

Oliver Sacks-Inspired Concerto, ‘Five Hallucinations,’ Has Windy City World Premiere

Composer Carl Vine and trombonist Michael Mulcahy are both Australians, and both Sydneysiders – Carl by choice, Mick by birth. Though the two had crossed paths occasionally over the year, their first major collaboration takes place over 9,000 miles from Sydney. Mick is the trombone soloist in Five Hallucinations, Carl’s concerto for trombone and orchestra, which has its world première October ...