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VIDEO | Award-winning Russian Renaissance shares music for balalaika, domra, and accordion in a WFMT Facebook Live

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, WFMT hosted Russian Renaissance in a Facebook Live from Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel. The versatile quartet, which won the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize competition at the University of Michigan, shared music by Zequinha de Abreu, Monti, and Tchaikovsky arranged for balalaika, domra, and accordion. Enjoy their performance below!

Renée Fleming Celebrates 25 Years With Lyric Opera of Chicago

The “People’s Diva” first delighted Chicago audiences as she performed the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993.

The Women of Nordic Affect Share What Makes the Music of Iceland Some of the Coolest Stuff on Earth

Learn about what makes Iceland's music scene so unique from the only group that's performed with both Björk and The English Concert.

Just TRY Not to Weep Listening to Lila Downs Sing This Classic Canción Ranchera, “La Cruz de Olvido”

Grammy Award-winning musician Lila Downs was born in Oaxaca, Mexico to a British-American father and a mother with Native-American roots. Later, she grew up in Minnesota where she formed happy childhood memories, though also experienced shame and discrimination for the first time. “I grew up in a wonderful community that was very plural, though there weren’t too many Latinos,” she said ...

“Females Disrupting The Tap World” Explore Dance, Art, and Gender with New “Hansel and Gretel”

For jorsTap Chicago, a company that describes itself as “females disrupting the tap world,” dance functions not only as a storytelling medium but as a way to create safe spaces. The company’s latest project is a gender-inclusive re-telling of Hansel and Gretel created in collaboration with multimedia artist David Lee Csicsko. The original tale of a brother and sister who ...