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QUIZ: What Character From Wagner’s “Ring” Are You?

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Gearing up for our Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast of “Das Rheingold” this Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5:45 pm? Take this quiz and find out what character from Wagner’s “Ring” you most resemble.

About Daniel Goldberg

VIDEO: Stop Everything & Watch Sapphire the Horse Jam Out on a Casio Keyboard

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Horses are pretty talented animals. Not only can they be trained to dance in elaborately choreographed routines set to classical music, they can also play music themselves, it turns out. more…

How Chicagoland Native Stacey Magiera Landed Her Dream Job as a Cirque du Soleil Artist

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What is your dream job? For Chicagoland native Stacey Magiera, it’s being a Cirque du Soleil artist. Magiera grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Jefferson Park and Barrington, training more…

Janni Younge Productions Reimagines Stravinsky’s “Firebird” by Blending Puppetry and Dance

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Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird changed the history of dance when it premiered in Paris during the summer of 1910. It was the first ballet produced by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with more…

VIDEO: Lipizzaner Horses Dancing to Classical Music

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Dressage is one of the most unique Olympic sports. Some horses, like the Lipizzaners at Tempel Farms, in Old Creek Mill, IL, turn the sport of dressage into an art. more…

VIDEO: LIVE Backstage with Conductor Marin Alsop

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Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Grant Park Orchestra in three performances this week. She took time after her rehearsals in the Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago to speak to WFMT more…

15 Sopranos Singing One of the Craziest Coloratura Arias

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One of the most difficult coloratura arias in the entire operatic repertoire, “Les oiseaux dans la charmille,” comes from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman (Les contes d’Hoffmann). The piece is more…

VIDEO: Backstage with Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

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Before her concert on July 13, 2016 in Millennium Park, violinist Rachel Barton Pine chatted with Dave Schwan, who hosts WFMT’s Grant Park Music Festival broadcasts. The two spoke at the Pritzker Pavilion more…

4 Indian Arts Organizations in Chicago to Know

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The arts have flourished in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. And ancient traditions still thrive in modern-day Chicago thanks to a vibrant community of artists and arts organizations. more…

QUIZ: What Gian Carlo Menotti Opera Are You?

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Gian Carlo Menotti won the Pulitzer Prize twice, once for his opera “The Consul” and once for his opera “The Saint of Bleecker Street.” He composed over two dozen operas. But which Menotti opera are you? Find out!

About Arielle Kaye