Music Director Andi Lamoreaux Reflects on 50 Years With WFMT

This month, music director Andi Lamoreaux passed a remarkable milestone — 50 years with WFMT.

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has heart operation

Tilson Thomas is recovering following a successful operation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Barenboim’s tenure at Berlin’s Staatsoper extended to 2027

Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin’s Staatsoper, which would keep him at the opera house until 2027.

Met Opera ticket sales improve slightly off 2015-16 low

Gelb said the season that ended Saturday saw 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized, up from 67 percent in each of the previous two seasons and a low of 66 percent in 2015-16.

North, South Korean musicians hold rare joint performance

SHANGHAI (AP) — South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon took the stage, nodded once to his North Korean soprano partner, and placed his instrument on his shoulder. With a flick of the conductor’s wrist, she began to sing, and he began to bow — the beginning of a rare joint performance Sunday that they hope will bring the Koreas closer …

Interview | Trans baritone Lucia Lucas on making her historic US debut

In 2019, Lucia Lucas made history as the first trans opera artist to star in a professional American opera production of a standard repertory opera.

CSO Contract Ratified, Strike Ends After 7 Weeks

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike has ended and a new, five-year contract through September 2023 has been ratified, the CSO musicians and management have confirmed.

CSO musicians reject latest proposal, strike continues

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike will persist, as the musicians’ union rejected management’s latest proposal late Monday night.

Judge dismisses some of Levine’s claims against Met Opera

A New York judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine against the company last year.

La Scala returns $3.4 million to Saudi Arabia in debacle

As part of the arrangement agreed, Saudi Arabia would have contributed 15 million euros to La Scala over the coming years.

Ravinia Festival Announces 2019 Summer Season

Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” the continued celebration of the music and influence of Leonard Bernstein, and four films accompanied by live orchestra await festivalgoers this summer at Ravinia, which released its 2019 summer schedule this morning.

La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saudi Arabia

Italy’s premier opera house is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia’s culture minister with the promise of $16.8 million in new funding

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians take to the picket line

Picketing began yesterday on the sidewalks outside the entrances to Symphony Center in the Loop, as the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marched off their first full day on strike.

UChicago Presents Announces 2019-20 Season

Executive director Amy Iwano comments, “UChicago Presents’ 76th season welcomes world-renowned artists rarely heard in Chicago for fresh takes on masterworks and first performances of brand-new music.”

Pianist Jacques Loussier Dies at Age 84

The French pianist was known for his jazz interpretations of classical music, most famously, the works of Bach in his Play Bach record series.

Bolshoi Ballet to Return to Chicago After 16 Years

The Bolshoi Ballet is returning to Chicago for the first time in sixteen years. The Russian ballet company will perform at the Auditorium Theatre in June 2020, which will be the only Midwest stop on their United States tour. The Bolshoi Ballet will perform Yuri Grigorovich’s Swan Lake, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Grigorovich, who served as the Bolshoi’s director …

André Previn, Oscar-winning composer, has died at 89

Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany. As a teenager, he found work as a composer and arranger in Hollywood, mostly at MGM, winning four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964’s “My Fair Lady.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento dead at 91

Known for composing in styles ranging from melody to dissonance, he earned the Pulitzer in 1975 for From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, a composition for voice and piano.

Grandmaster Flash, Mutter win 2019 Polar Music Prize

The award panel cited Grammy Award-winning Mutter for being “a musical phenomenon,” playing with “virtuosity and astonishing clarity.”

Classical Music Grammy Award Winners: 2019

On February 10, some of the biggest names in the music industry convened at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. R&B and soul singer Alicia Keys hosted the ceremony, as winners were announced in 30 fields and 84 categories. Here are the nominees and winners for the classical music categories.

Philadelphia Orchestra to tour China to celebrate diplomacy

The Philadelphia Orchestra is celebrating 40 years of official U.S.-China diplomatic ties with a new tour.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces ’19-20 Season

It will mark Muti’s tenth-anniversary season as music director as well as the 250th birthday of Beethoven. Muti conducts all of Beethoven’s symphonies over the course of the season, culminating in the triumphant Symphony No. 9 in June 2020.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2019-2020 Season, With Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Madama Butterfly’

Lyric’s 2019-2020 season will include seven mainstage operas (three of which are company premieres), three full performances of Lyric’s new Ring cycle, and the Broadway at Lyric premiere of 42nd Street.

WFMT Welcomes George Preston as Vice President and General Manager

WFMT has a new Vice President and General Manager, but it is someone you may recognize! George Preston, who will begin in this position March 1, 2019, returns to WFMT, where he served as the afternoon drive host from 2009 to 2013, and hosted and produced the internationally syndicated Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts. Sandra Cordova Micek, CEO of Window …

Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany

The opera says work is underway to make replacement costumes in time for the premiere in March.