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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…

Poem of the Week: Ocean Vuong’s “Toy Boat” Reflects on the Tragic Death of 12-Year Old Tamir Rice

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In this episode of PoetryNow, Ocean Vuong remembers Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy killed by police in Cleveland, OH in 2014. Tamir was seated on a swing in a 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…

John Williams Greets “Star Wars” Musicians Outside Home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two musicians have earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from “Star Wars” outside of his Los Angeles home. more…

Poem of the Week: “Decoy Gang War Victim” by Carmen Giménez Smith

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In this episode of PoetryNow, Carmen Giménez Smith reads a poem in response to a photograph by the 1970s East Los Angeles art collective Asco. “There’s a young Chicano lying more…

Here’s What You Packed In Your Picnics For Tonight’s Grant Park Music Festival Concert, July 15, 2016

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The Grant Park Music Festival isn’t just an opportunity to hear great live music – it’s a chance to gather together with family and friends to share fun and food. more…

Postcard from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

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AIX-EN-PROVENCE – This afternoon’s rehearsal began on a somber note, with the director acknowledging the horrible terrorist attack the night before and expressing solidarity and support with the many shaken 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…