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6 Unforgettable Composer Friendships


Today is International Friendship Day! Click to read more about some of the most famous friendships among composers in music history. Whether bosom buddies like Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, or something more complicated like Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, there’s no doubt that these composers enjoyed genuine friendships that would influence their personal and professional lives.

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6 of Muti’s Most Memorable Moments in Chicago

Riccardo Muti conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  9/28/07,

Riccardo Muti, the celebrated conductor from Naples, Italy, came to Chicago in 2010 when he became the 10th music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since, Chicagoans have enjoyed many more…

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12 Musical Works About “Food, Glorious Food”


Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, than put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of it.” Or, something to that effect… Good music and more…

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14 American Composers and Their Furry Friends


Ever wondered if Leonard Bernstein was a dog or cat person? Or if Glass had a feline helper while composing at the keyboard? Check out this collection of photos that proves that even the best music is better with a furry friend.

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Composers Having Hot Fun in the Summertime


With so many summer activities to choose from, WFMT is looking to its favorite composers for inspiration. These pictures prove that everyone from Aaron Copland to Arnold Schoenberg knew a thing or two about summer fun! So, how are you going to spend your summer?

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Musical Chairs: New Orchestral Appointments

Chairs and notes on the orchestra stage waiting for the audience.

An orchestra is more than the sum of its parts – but no orchestra is truly great without stellar individual musicians. Sometimes an orchestra is fortunate enough to have the same more…

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How One Man Built the Great American Orchestra

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  The names inscribed on the façade of Chicago’s Orchestra Hall – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner – are familiar to every concertgoer. But another name that is proudly more…

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15 Queer Composers You Should Know


We celebrate the music of LGBTQ composers all year long since it’s hard to escape a concert season without hearing works by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Britten, and others. Here are a few notable figures, more…

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