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.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Present Free Concert in Millennium Park, Shares New Music Video Celebrating Cultural and Artistic Harmony

“Culture — the way we express ourselves and understand each other — can bind us together as one world.”

German opera singer Theo Adam dies at 92

German news agency dpa quoted Adam’s family Friday confirming that the bass-baritone died Thursday at a care home in his hometown of Dresden.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

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.

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the 34th induction ceremony. It …

Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #MeToo allegations

Rome’s opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations.

Salonen to become San Francisco Symphony music director

Salonen will take the baton from longtime music director Michael Tilson Thomas with the 2020-21 season.

Plácido Domingo feted at Met Opera for his 50th anniversary

After portraying dozens of characters over a half-century on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, Plácido Domingo got emotional being himself.

Concert pianist, Marian Anderson protege Burton-Lyles dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Blanche Burton-Lyles, a concert pianist who was mentored by pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson, has died. She was 85. Burton-Lyles died of heart failure Monday at a rehabilitation center, according to Slater Funeral Home in Philadelphia. Burton-Lyles was born and raised in Philadelphia. She learned how to play classical piano at the age of 3. Burton-Lyles was …

Composer Lalo Schifrin says Oscar is an ‘amazing honor’

In over 50 years of work, he’s also racked up six Academy Award nominations — five for original score and one for original song — but has gone home empty-handed every time.

Cello star Yo-Yo Ma to perform at WWI Armistice ceremonies

Cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma will perform at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe as part of the ceremonies marking the centenary of the end of the World War I next month in Paris.

Auschwitz museum gets Nazi death camp conductor’s baton

The Auschwitz museum has obtained a new relic from the death camp that Nazi Germany operated during World War II: the baton of the inmate orchestra’s conductor.

$3.5 Million Grant Launches Initiative to Diversify the Next Generation of Musicians

CMPI will support promising young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds and low-income households in order to diversify the next generation of musicians.

Cleveland Orchestra fires 2 musicians over sexual misconduct

The orchestra on Wednesday announced the dismissals of concertmaster William Preucil and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa.

A Sneak Peek at Guarneri Hall, a New Classical Music Space with a Radical Mission

“The design decisions have been born of our experiences performing and recording,” Stefan Hersh explains.

Gustavo Dudamel wins the Gish Prize, a top arts honor

The prize is named for the Gish sisters, who were early Hollywood stars and made large donations to benefit the arts community upon their deaths.

Lyric Opera says labor deal reached with striking musicians

A statement released by the music company Saturday night says the agreement would extend through the 2020-21 season, if ratified by members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.