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VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Offers Advice for Young Singers and Reveals Her Favorite Broadway Musicals

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Audiences around the world know actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth from her appearances on Broadway in popular musicals such as Wicked and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which more…

Opera Singers React to Orlando Attack on Twitter

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On the morning of Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man identified as Omar Mateen opened fire on civilians at a Pulse, a Florida nightclub that describes itself as “the hottest more…

How Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Use Music to “Build Bridges, Not Walls”

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“Since the advent of the nuclear age, we’ve developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. We can commit mass mutual suicide. We can now do this in a number of different more…

VIDEO: Carlos Kalmar Conducts Elbio Barilari’s “Canyengue” at the Teatro Monumental

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You may know Elbio Barilari as the host of WFMT’s Fiesta, but did you know he is also a composer whose works are performed around the world? His symphonic work more…

The 8 Most Musical Episodes of “The Simpsons”

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It’s National Doughnut Day, and who loves donuts more than Homer Simpson? No one, that’s who! To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at some of the most musical moments more…

This 13-Year Old Singing “Nessun dorma” on “America’s Got Talent” Will Give You All The Feels

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America’s Got Talent, the reality show in which contestants compete for a $1 million dollar prize by sharing their unique talents, began its 11th season on May 31st, 2016. One more…

Cirque de la Symphonie Makes Chicago Debut Memorial Day Weekend

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Cirque de la Symphonie, the only cirque that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras, makes its Chicago debut at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Saturday of Memorial Day more…

5 of Alisa Weilsterstein’s Favorite New Works for Cello

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“I’m a cellist, therefore I don’t have the luxury of ‘favorite’ repertoire,” Alisa Weilerstein said after rehearsing a concerto, Outscape, by Pascal Dusapin, which had its world-premiere performances with the more…

Chicago Sinfonietta Blasts Off for “Cosmic Convergence”

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Great music can transport us, even into outer space! The Chicago Sinfonietta takes audiences on a journey through the stars with a presentation of Cosmic Convergence at Symphony Center. The more…

From Symphony Halls to Security Councils, Composer Mohammed Fairouz Uses Voice for Political Change

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When composer Mohammed Fairouz isn’t busy writing symphonies or operas, he’s likely writing about international politics for the Huffington Post, On Being, or Foreign Policy. “I’m engaged in geopolitics and diplomacy on a fairly involved level,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve been in conversation with people as diverse as Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud,” former head of Saudi Intelligence and Ambassador to the United Kingdom and United States, “and Lana Nusseibeh,” the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. “I am very comfortable speaking at the Munich Security Conference.”