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Christians want Belgian opera’s naked Joan of Arc banned

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Christian association is trying to prevent Brussels opera house La Monnaie from staging a production of Arthur Honegger’s oratorio “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher,” or “Joan of Arc at the Stake,” in which the heroine appears dressed in men’s clothes and, at one point, naked. The Pro Europa Christiana Federation wants the show orchestrated by Italian director ...

Honor Día de Los Muertos in Chicago With These 6 Celebrations

Celebrated from October 31 to November 2, the holiday honors loved ones who have died and is an intergenerational coming together of families. Find some of the many offerings Chicago has to offer to celebrate these days of remembrance.

For the Record: The Library of Congress Welcomes Four Classical Recordings to the National Recording Registry

Every year since 2002, the National Recording Registry selects a number of sound recordings to honor. Here are four classical recordings registered this year.

Opera in New York City to feature inmates recorded in Iowa

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections for a recording that will be played during a New York City opera performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to perform the “Prisoner’s Chorus” for its New York City live ...

Playlist: 10 Classical Works to Put a Little Spring in Your Step

Composers have been inspired by all aspects of nature, and the changing of the seasons is no exception. As the weather warms up and the birds begin to chirp, here are some classical works to put a little spring in your step.