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Scottish Opera “The Gentle Shepherd” Receives First U.S. Performances in Over Two Centuries


Think opera and folk music don’t mix? Think again. This weekend, Chicago will host what’s being billed as a folk opera and the first Scottish opera – The Gentle Shepherd more…

Mary Zimmerman on Bringing Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” to the Second City


Goodman Theatre opens its 2016/17 season with Wonderful Town, a lesser-performed musical in the Leonard Bernstein canon.  With lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the show tells the story more…

VIDEO: Tony Award-Winning Stage Director Mary Zimmerman Reveals Her 5 Favorite Operas


Director Mary Zimmerman has been a part of a wide range of theatrical productions over the years, from re-staging classic works to unveiling world premieres. In 2002, she won a more…

Happy Birthday, Dear Met! Opera marks 50th at Lincoln Center


NEW YORK (AP) — A chorus of “Happy Birthday” is in order. The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center is 50. It opened on Sept. 16, 1966, with a performance of more…

Laverne Cox Honors Soprano Leontyne Price in ‘Cosmo’


Laverne Cox has received a lot of attention not only because of her abilities as an actress, but because she’s also a civil rights activist. She is the first openly more…

VIDEO: How A 440 Became Standard Concert Pitch


To play in tune together, musicians have to tune their instruments together using a fixed pitch as a standard. For most ensembles today, that standard is A 440, meaning the more…

Classical Music Supporter Richard “Dick” Kiphart Dies at 75


Richard “Dick” Kiphart, a prominent and influential Chicago investment banker and philanthropist who was an active supporter of the city’s cultural life, died this past weekend at age 75. Kiphart more…

4 Celebrities Who Happen to Play French Horn


What do a political analyst, a former Miss America, a fake news anchor, and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi have in common? At some point in each of their lives, they more…

Authorities Change Their Tune After Arresting Opera Singer


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia have changed their tune after looking into the case of an opera singer who was arrested for making too much noise. News outlets more…

A 1968 Review of Greektown’s Parthenon Restaurant from the WFMT Guide


A sign posted today in front of Greektown’s historic restaurant, the Parthenon, read: “After over 48 years in business we are sad to inform you we are permanently closed. We more…