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11th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival Comes to Chicago


After a sold out performance in New York City last month, Access Contemporary Music (ACM) returns to Chicago’s Music Box Theater for their eleventh annual presentation of Sound of Silent more…

After 40 Years, James Levine Steps Down as Met Opera’s Music Director


The Metropolitan Opera, New York, announced on Thursday, April 14, 2016 that at the end of the 2015-16 season, James Levine will step down as music director, a position he more…

Joffrey Ballet Unveils Creative Team for New $4 Million Dollar “Nutcracker”

The team behind the Joffrey Ballet’s new “Nutcracker” (from left to right): Joffrey’s executive director Greg Cameron, projection designer Benjamin Pearcy, puppet master Basil Twist, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Joffrey’s artistic director Ashley Wheater, lighting designer Natasha Katz, author and illustrator Brian Selznick, and Joffrey’s board chairman Zachary D. Lazar (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Since 1987, over one million people have experienced Robert Joffrey’s production of The Nutcracker through performances by the company he co-founded, the Joffrey Ballet. This year, the Joffrey unveils a more…

How 1 Artist is Condensing 24 Decades of American Popular Song into a Single, 24-Hour Performance


How would you tell the history of nation in music? Artist Taylor Mac is condensing the history of American popular music into an epic, 24-hour performance: his 24-Decade History of more…

Rachel Barton Pine’s “Testament” Gets Back to Bach


Violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s new recording of Bach’s complete Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas is titled Testament. It’s a word that has multiple meanings for Pine – from the importance more…

Conductor Mariss Jansons on Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony, Music, & Politics

216 01.10.1942 Трое мужчин хоронят умерших в дни блокады в Ленинграде. Волково кладбище. Борис Кудояров/РИА Новости

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, titled “Leningrad,” was written during one of the most horrific sieges in history. From 1941 to 1944, Hitler’s army surrounded Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and over more…

Leif Ove Andsnes on Becoming Beethoven, Brahms

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn: © 2014 Holger Talinski

“Being a classical musician is a bit like being a chameleon. You have to change for every piece you play,” pianist Leif Ove Andsnes said in an interview backstage at more…

4 Reasons Why Classical Music Is Good for Your Health


The next time someone asks why you love classical music, you can tell them you listen for your health. Several studies over the years have proven that listening to classical more…

15 Books About Music For the Young & Young at Heart


Everyone loves a good book, and many authors and illustrators have created books about music for the young and the young at heart. Here are some titles you might want more…

The Secrets to Heavenly Singing from Peter Phillips, Conductor and Founder of the Tallis Scholars


The Tallis Scholars is one of the most widely-recognized vocal ensembles in the world with an unmistakable sound. A reviewer of their performance at the 2013 BBC Proms said, “The sound coming more…