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Photos From Tonight’s Grant Park Music Festival Concert – June 29, 2016


Is there a better way to end a beautiful summer day than with beautiful music in the park? For tonight’s concert, thousands came to Chicago’s Millennium Park to hear an more…

Judge Approves Settlement in ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Case


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement that will put “Happy Birthday to You” in the public domain. U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday. more…

Poet Tyehimba Jess Honors Sissieretta Jones, First African American to Perform at Carnegie Hall


PoetryNow is a new series of short radio pieces co-produced with the Poetry Foundation that features some of today’s most innovative poets reading and sharing insights on a new poem. more…

15 Classical Musicians Who Are Out and Proud


June is LGBT Pride Month, and we are celebrating musicians who are out and proud. Besides just inspiring audience through their talents as musicians, the people below inspire others by more…

This Video of Leontyne Price Singing “This Little Light of Mine” Will Totally Brighten Up Your Day

ca. 1963 --- Portrait of opera singer and soprano Leontyne Price in 1963. --- Image by © Marvin Koner/CORBIS

Sometimes all you need to brighten up your day is a little music. American soprano Leontyne Price is certain to shine a little light on you with her performance of more…

Singer Lila Downs Serves “Bullets and Chocolate” at Chicago’s Symphony Center

Singer Lila Downs in the cover art for her new album, "Balas y Chocolate" ("Bullets and Chocolate")

Chocolate goes with almost anything. But bullets? Singer Lila Downs explores the dark side of chocolate in her new song, “Balas y Chocolate” (“Bullets and Chocolate”), and album of the more…

Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

A detail of Chuck Close's portrait of Philip Glass

In February 2016, influential American composer Philip Glass was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago through a series of events including masterclasses, talks, and a public performance more…

Philip Glass: “What’s Most Misunderstood About My Music”


Philip Glass is simultaneously one of the best known and most misunderstood composers of our time. Though he has many fans, he also has many critics. When Donal Henahan was more…

QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Music Composed by J.S. Bach and His Son, J.C.F. Bach?


See if you can tell the difference between music composed by J.S. Bach and his son, the lesser-known J.C.F. Bach. In this quiz, listen excerpts of works, then choose which Bach composed the piece.

Symphonic Tribute to David Bowie Headlines Glastonbury Festival This Weekend

David Bowie

The Glastonbury Festival, a five day arts festival held in the English countryside, has announced that it will honor recently deceased pop star David Bowie with a classical tribute on more…