Beethoven Said It First: “Oh what joy, in the open air!”

Getting through winter in Chicago is tough enough, but when it’s immediately followed by a global pandemic and social distancing, it’s a real double-whammy. We’re reminded of the Prisoners’ Chorus from Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio.’

WFMT and CSO Partner for New Broadcast and Streaming Series Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Today, WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announce the launch of an exciting new broadcast and streaming series: From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times.

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85. “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he …

Update: Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

March 30 update: NEW YORK (AP) — John Prine is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms, his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine said Monday. The singer-songwriter’s family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill. Fiona Prine’s message Monday on social media, suggested his condition had improved overnight. Prine remains hospitalized. News that …

With Centennial Concert Canceled, Civic Orchestra to Present Virtual Performance

On Sunday, March 29 — 100 years to the day after its first concert — the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will give a truly 21st-century concert. In the place of a traditional, in-person performance, which was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Civic Orchestra will live stream a virtual concert on its Facebook page. The 35-minute program an excerpt from …