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AP-NORC Poll: Christmas carols favored over Billboard hits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years, but Americans still prefer hearing carols such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” a new poll shows. With Christmas next week, 12 percent of Americans named “Silent Night” as their favorite holiday song followed by “Jingle ...

WFMT and Art on theMART Pair Classical Holiday Music With a Festive, 25-Story Art Installation on the Chicago River

Chicagoans and visitors alike can now enjoy the sounds of the season with festive classical music selected by WFMT to accompany the holiday program for one of the city’s largest pieces of public art — Art on theMART.

Mahler manuscript sells for record $5.6 million in London

Sotheby’s said comparable music manuscripts to have been sold at auction include nine Mozart symphonies, which sold for 2.5 million pounds in London in 1987.

Chicago Public Schools Reports Increased Access to Arts Education, Despite Statewide Budget Crisis

Ingenuity Inc., an organization that works to improve and expand arts education in Chicago, released its annual progress report surveying arts education in Chicago Public Schools.  Considering that earlier this year, Illinois’ public school districts were $20 billion in debt, Ingenuity’s findings may surprise you. In 2013, CPS announced its Arts Education Plan, which states: “Through a comprehensive and sequential ...

North Shore Guitarist Adam Levin Brings Music to Mexican Community Founded Atop Former Landfill

“I never thought in a million years that I would found a nonprofit,” guitarist Adam Levin said. Yet today he is working to bring “equitable access to the guitar in a sustainable way” through the Kithara Project, which he founded nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The North Shore native’s talents have brought him all over the world, including to Spain on ...