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Archive for April, 2015

6 Songs to Welcome the Merry Month of May

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“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot famously wrote. But May is here, and what better way to welcome this merry month than with music? Here are six songs to more…

Music Heals Amidst Baltimore Riots

A member of the National Guard walks along North Avenue near where Monday's riots occurred following the funeral for Freddie Gray, after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By The Associated Press The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has played a free outside concert in the city as tensions appear to be easing after the riots. The symphony played around more…

Mezzo Jamie Barton Receives $50K Richard Tucker Award

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Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton was just named the recipient of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, a prestigious honor conferred annually by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer more…

All Your Favorites, All Day!

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We’re playing all of your favorites, all day! During our Spring Membership Drive, we asked you, our supporters, to tell us your favorite pieces to play in a day of more…

WFMT’s Top 10 Reads on World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day, a yearly event celebrated worldwide on April 23rd and organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Looking for a good read to celebrate World Book Day? We at WFMT have picked some of our favorite reads to share with you.

CSO’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations Bring Music to Young Audiences

CSO Family Matinee performances allow audiences to get up close and personal with the musicians and their instruments (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Though children today can access more multimedia entertainment than ever before, nothing can replace the original multimedia experience: attending a live performance. This spring, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has teamed up more…

VIDEO: Acrobatic Coloratura Takes “Der Hölle Rache” to New Heights

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The Queen of the Night’s famous aria “Der Hölle Rache” (“The wrath of hell”) is not just one of the most popular pieces in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, it’s one of the most more…

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Soundscapes Evoke Iceland’s Otherworldly Terrain

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A country of volcanoes and glaciers, fjords and auroras, Iceland is one of the most remarkable places on earth. The country’s almost otherworldly landscapes have inspired Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s latest more…

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Julia Wolfe received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her composition “Anthracite Fields,” just announced at 3:00 pm EST. Judges described Wolfe’s work as a “powerful oratorio for chorus more…

VIDEO: 7 of Frederica von Stade’s Favorite Memories

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Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade shared some of her of favorite memories in a backstage interview at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, just after rehearsals for A Coffin in Egypt at Chicago more…