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15 Classical Works to Help You Fall into Fall

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Need some music to help you warm up this fall? We’ve got the perfect soundtrack.

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Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens Present Recital at Chicago Correctional Facility

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Performance at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago by Maestro Riccardo Muti, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Eric Owens and Joyce DiDonato
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Maestro Riccardo Muti typically doesn’t pass through a metal detector or get a pat-down before conducting a concert. But the intimate recital he presented with Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and more…

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How Western Opera Changed Singing in Chinese Opera

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If you have ever heard Peking opera, you might think that one of the only things this style of singing has in common with Western opera singing is that they more…

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Attention New Music Lovers: Here Are 3 Ear Taxi Festival Events You Don’t Want to Miss

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Composer Augusta Read Thomas has organized the Ear Taxi Festival, which will feature more than 300 musicians, 88 composers, and 54 world premieres during 32 events…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Hometown Star, Soprano Ailyn Pérez, Returns to the Windy City for Solo Recital

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Chicago-born soprano Ailyn Pérez returns to her hometown for a solo recital presented by the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago on Thursday, September 8, 2017. “They tell you a career more…

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