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Archive for July 3, 2014

The Fourth of July: Things You Might Not Know

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Before you haul that cooler over to the neighbors’ cookout, have a look at this primer on Fourth of July facts. You’ll be prepared for conversations about everything from Sam Adams to The Simpsons to fireworks to Sousa.

Web Exclusive: Grant Park’s Christopher Bell, Conducting on the 4th

Grant Park Music Festival's Christopher Bell

It’s become one of Chicago’s most hallowed 4th of July traditions: the Grant Park Orchestra’s Independence Day Salute. WFMT’s live broadcast of that concert draws one of the largest audiences of the year. In recent years, the honor of presenting that concert has fallen on the baton of Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell, who has much to say about this tradition.

National Anthem Played by Lyric Violist – at Her Own Swearing-In [video]

Carol Cook

For years she stacked her schedule, taking few vacation days and cataloging the printed program of every performance. This “alien of extraordinary ability” was Carol Cook, the principal viola of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. On Monday, July 22, 2013, she became an American.