Opera Fest of Chicago Returns for Summertime Italian Opera

The festival, which is dedicated to presenting seldom-performed Italian opera titles, shares a two-program slate in June and July.

Solti Foundation US Names 2024 Fellow

Previous recipients have included Karina Canellakis, Roderick Cox, and Gemma New.

Illinois Phil 2024-25: John Williams, American Symphonies, Messiah, More

The orchestra’s slate of seven concerts will kick off in September with “Three Great American Symphonies.”

29-Year-Old Kedrick Armstrong Named Oakland Symphony Music Director

Armstrong is the first music director since the unexpected death of Michael Morgan in 2021.

CSO Names Klaus Mäkelä as Music Director

The new music director designate is just 28 years old. He’ll be the youngest in orchestra history when he takes the baton.

Italy marks 80th anniversary of WWII-era massacre in Rome with a concert honoring the dead

Riccardo Muti conducted the Italian premiere of William Schuman’s Ninth Symphony, which the composer wrote after visiting the site of a 1944 massacre in Rome.

Acclaimed Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini dies at age 82

“I grew up in a house with art and artists,” Pollini said in an interview. “Old works and modern works coexisted together as part of life.”

Julian Rhee and Balourdet Quartet Among Avery Fisher Career Grant Winners

Plus, the first percussion ensemble to receive this prestigious career grant.

Rare Collection of Flute Music Thrills Early Music World

The 600-page collection could mark the biggest discovery of flute repertoire in 25 years.

Byron Janis, renowned American classical pianist who overcame debilitating arthritis, dies at 95

In 1960, Janis was selected as the first musician to tour the then-USSR as part of a cultural exchange program organized by the U.S. State Department.

Esa-Pekka Salonen to leave San Francisco Symphony, citing dispute with orchestra’s board

“I do not share the same goals for the future of the institution as the board of governors does,” Salonen said in a statement.

Alsop, Conlon, Dudamel: Ravinia Shares ’24 Season

Plus chamber music and ensemble appearances from renowned Chicago artists.

With Mazzola Extended, Lyric Opera Explores Contrast in 2024-2025 Season

The season includes 9 programs, including concerts from opera and musical theater royalty.

Violins of Hope Luthier Amnon Weinstein Has Died, Aged 84

The respected Israeli luthier is best known for creating the Violins of Hope project, which restores and tours instruments — particularly violins — of Holocaust victims and survivors.

Music of the Baroque Journeys Through Time in 2024-2025 Season

Highlights include rarely-heard gems, beloved holiday concerts, and the 80th birthday celebration of Nicholas Kraemer.

Chopin lovers can’t meet their hero, but this pianist got to do the next best thing

“These period pianos, they all have the ability to play as soft as possible and I think still there’s something there, there is still a core inside.”

Chicago-area Bach Week Fest Announces 50th Anniversary – and Final – Season

“It’s the right time for Bach Week to bid adieu, and on a high note.”

Philadelphia Orchestra’s home renamed Marian Anderson Hall as Verizon name comes off

Marian Anderson, an acclaimed and boundary-breaking Black contralto, was born in Philadelphia in 1897.

Dame Jane Glover Named Principal Guest Conductor at Fort Worth

Glover has led Music of the Baroque since 2002.

Steelpan Player Jaden Teague-Núñez Wins 2024 CSO Young Artists Competition

Teague-Núñez is the first steelpan soloist to enter — much less win — the competition.

Met Opera Announces ’24-25 Season

Four contemporary operas have their Met premieres.

WFMT Programming and Hosting News

On March 1, updates will be coming to WFMT.

Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa dies at age 88

The Japanese conductor amazed audiences with the lithe physicality of his performances during three decades at the helm of the BSO. He served as the first music director of Ravinia from 1964 to 1968.

Remembering Don Tait

“He was completely serious about the music, but also effervescently joyful. He loved this artform.”

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

Follow live on Sunday, February 4, as music’s biggest awards are given out!

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