Staff Spotlight: Telling the Painful and Hopeful Story of the Black Community Through Music

In the first of our WFMT Staff Spotlight series, we share a playlist from Tim Russell, the Vice President of Community Engagement at WFMT and WTTW.

Light and Hope in Music: Illinois Philharmonic Opens Season Virtually

IPO concertmaster Azusa Tashiro feels that music is vital as “something to rely on, something that warms [your] heart.”

Lyric Cancels 2020-21 season

Among the canceled 2021 productions are Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as well as a concert tribute to music director Sir Andrew Davis, who concludes his 20-year tenure at the end of this season.

Met Opera skips this season, 1st Black composer opens ’21-22

The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September.

In the Age of the Visual Album, What Can Opera Learn from Beyoncé?

The virtual sphere won’t replace the live stage, but it can add a second, more accessible one, with great room for creative growth and the viral potential of easily shareable, iconic images.

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