Tony-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ creator, dies at 99

Harnick was born and raised in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Northwestern University School of Music after serving in the army during World War II.

The Beatles are releasing their ‘final’ record. AI helped make it possible

Says Paul McCartney, “We were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI so then we could mix the record as you would do. It gives you some sort of leeway.”

Grammys add new categories, including for pop dance recording and African music performance

More change is afoot at the Grammys. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that three new categories will be added to the awards show in 2024.

Midori Named Artistic Director of Ravinia’s Piano & Strings Training Program

Midori will succeed Miriam Fried, who’s led the program for the past 30 years.

Tony Awards telecast makes inclusive history and puts on quite a show despite Hollywood strike

Tony Awards history was made when J. Harrison Ghee and Alex Newell became the first nonbinary people to win Tonys for acting.

Lin-Manuel Miranda launches R.I.S.E. Network to improve diversity on Broadway

A 2021 report on diversity in Broadway teams showed that 100% of general managers and 94% of the producers were white. White actors were cast in 80% of the lead roles in musicals and 90% of the lead roles in plays.

Astrud Gilberto, singer of ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ dead at 83

“Why should anybody assume that just because an artist chooses not to give interviews, he/she is a recluse?” she said in 2002.

Prominent Finnish Composer Kaija Saariaho Has Died, Aged 70

Saariaho’s compositions melded live performance and electronics, winning recognition and securing commissions from numerous leading organizations.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director

The orchestra’s 2022-2023 season saw seven finalists for its music director position presiding over once concert each.

Chicago Opera Theater Names New General Director

Lawrence Edelson founded American Lyric Theater in 2005, building a model organization for presenting and fostering new opera.

Grace Bumbry, 1st Black singer at Bayreuth, dies at 86

Bumbry was among the winners of the 1958 Met National Council Auditions. She had a recital debut in Paris that same year and made her Paris Opéra debut in 1960.

Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84

“I simply write the songs about where I am and where I’m from,” Lightfoot once said. “I take situations and write poems about them.”

‘Some Like It Hot’ leads Tony Award nominations with 13 nods

The message of self-acceptance and respect for all was echoed across Broadway, from the new musical take on Some Like It Hot to a Black actor-led Death of a Salesman to the new play Ain’t No Mo.

Harry Belafonte, activist and entertainer, dies at 96

Belafonte stands as the model and the epitome of the celebrity activist. Few kept up with his time and commitment and none his stature as a meeting point among Hollywood, Washington and the civil rights movement.

Solti Foundation US Announces 2023 Conducting Award Recipient

The $30k grant is reserved for rising conductors and is given to further the recipient’s career and artistic development.

50 Years of COT: Anniversary Season Boasts Shostakovich, Heggie, Premieres, and More

Three mainstage operas, three additional special events, and all six titles are Chicago premieres.

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ closes on Broadway after 35 years

It was show No. 13,981 at the Majestic Theatre and it ended with a reprise of “The Music of the Night” performed by the current cast, previous actors in the show.

Mario, Mariah, Madonna added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress selects the titles for preservation for their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto dies at 71

Sakamoto was a pioneer in electronics music of the late 1970s.

Nicholas Lloyd Webber, son of famed composer, dies at 43

The Grammy-nominated composer, record producer and eldest son of Andrew Lloyd Webber, died Saturday in England after a protracted battle with gastric cancer and pneumonia.

Pioneer of gospel music rediscovered in Pittsburgh archives

Charles Henry Pace was one of the first African American gospel music composers in the US and owned of one of the first independent, Black gospel music publishing companies.

Ravinia Announces 2023 Season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 Ravinia residency features conductor Marin Alsop and a lineup of other leading conductors.

Lyric Opera 2023-2024 Season: Dutchman, Aida, Cinderella, Audra

Next year’s lineup of six mainstage operas offers choices for traditional and contemporary opera fans alike.

Chaim Topol, Israeli actor known for Fiddler’s Tevye, dies

The role of his life arrived in the long-running musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which he played Tevye.

Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophone pioneer, dies at 89

Earlier in 2023, Shorter won a Grammy for best improvised jazz solo for “Endangered Species” with Leo Genovese.