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Archive for March, 2016

This Video of Otters Playing a Casio Keyboard Is EXACTLY What You Need Right Now

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Some of today’s most forward-thinking musicians have received their training at one of the most unlikely of places: the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. A romp of Asian small-clawed more…

♪ Treat Yo Self to Retta’s 5 Favorite Classical Works ♪

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Actress and comedian Retta grabbed classical music lovers’ attention when she appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show, Conan.  Most famous for her work on the NBC sitcom Parks more…

Clue 4 — March 31, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a man of wide-ranging interests beyond music. Among them was travel. Before the advent of planes, it’s said he made 179 trips to 27 countries. He more…

The Truth About the “Worst Singer of All Time,” Florence Foster Jenkins, Told by Her Accompanist

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Singer Florence Foster Jenkins couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. Yet, she made her Carnegie Hall debut to a completely sold-out house on October 25, 1944. In fact, tickets were more…

Clue 3 — March 30, 2016

The Mystery Composer is mostly remembered today for his instrumental music, but he wrote a large amount of vocal music, including 13 operas. Only one has remained popular over the more…

Clue 2 — March 29, 2016

The Mystery Composer was one of the most intellectually brilliant in history. His astounding memory allowed him to master not only music but a variety of other subjects, including mathematics, more…

Illinois Council of Orchestras Names 2016 Award Recipients

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The Illinois Council of Orchestras, supported by the Illinois Arts Council, recently announced the 2016 recipients of its annual awards for excellence in the field of music performance and for more…

Can You Guess the Mystery Composer?

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Can you guess our Mystery Composer? Tune in to Middays with Lisa Flynn from March 28 – April 1 to hear a different piece of unidentified music by the same more…

Clue 1 — March 28, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a musical prodigy who made his concert debut at the age of ten, playing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven. He began his career as a more…

Thousands Sing in World’s Largest Virtual “Hallelujah” Chorus

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra has put a modern twist on a centuries-old Easter tradition – performing Handel’s Messiah. The more than three hundred member Choir performed the “Hallelujah” more…