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38 Lesser-Known Pieces of Classical Music You Should Listen to Right Now

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Each day in May 2016, WFMT shared hidden gems of classical music. Below, find the full list of hidden gems we shared with you. Don’t forget to tell us your favorite more…

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5 Hidden Gems By Classical Composers You Should Know

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All month long, WFMT is featuring hidden gems by composers you love and some who may be less familiar each day at 9:00 AM central. Enjoy these five hidden gems more…

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LISTEN: Shakespeare Actors Read Shakespeare

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Shakespeare penned some of the most beautiful verses in the English language. And while Shakespeare’s work is wonderful to read, it’s even better when it’s performed. So we asked a more…

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Chicago Native Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Chicago Native Henry Threadgill was named the 2016 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition “In for a Penny, in for a Pound.” The recording was released more…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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And the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Goes to…

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One of the most highly anticipated honors given in classical music is the Richard Tucker Award, presented annually by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Richard Tucker Award is “conferred annually more…

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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…

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And the Classical Winners at the 2016 Grammy Awards Are….

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  Some of the winners of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. And the [classical] winners are…. BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL Ask Your Mama Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, more…

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Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director, Shares her Favorite Theater Music

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Have you ever wondered what music stage directors love? Barbara Gaines, founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, told us her favorite music for the theater. Gaines is the winner more…

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