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Archive for September, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…