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Happy 70th Birthday to Composer Marc Neikrug!

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Today is the 70th birthday of Marc Neikrug, the highly-respected American composer, pianist, and arts administrator whose accomplishments have been heard on WFMT and around the world for almost four more…

Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Molly Manarchy, the First Musician on WFMT’s Introductions

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Chicago native and classical guitarist Molly Manarchy was just a senior in high school when she appeared as the first soloist on WFMT’s Introductions in 2008.  Now, Molly composes her more…

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…

Scottish Opera “The Gentle Shepherd” Receives First U.S. Performances in Over Two Centuries

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Think opera and folk music don’t mix? Think again. This weekend, Chicago will host what’s being billed as a folk opera and the first Scottish opera – The Gentle Shepherd more…

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…

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…

Happy Birthday, Dear Met! Opera marks 50th at Lincoln Center

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NEW YORK (AP) — A chorus of “Happy Birthday” is in order. The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center is 50. It opened on Sept. 16, 1966, with a performance of more…

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…

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…

Classical Music Supporter Richard “Dick” Kiphart Dies at 75

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Richard “Dick” Kiphart, a prominent and influential Chicago investment banker and philanthropist who was an active supporter of the city’s cultural life, died this past weekend at age 75. Kiphart more…