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The Fourth of July: Things You Might Not Know

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Before you haul that cooler over to the neighbors’ cookout, have a look at this primer on Fourth of July facts. You’ll be prepared for conversations about everything from Sam Adams to The Simpsons to fireworks to Sousa.

Coming to Ravinia, WFMT

Alain Lefevre

Whet your appetite for an evening at Ravinia by listening to WFMT. Thursday at 3:00 pm, Kerry Frumkin hosts music and conversation with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre. Lefèvre is in town to play a recital at Ravinia, which will be preceded by a a film screening of “The Lady in Number 6”

Lyric Opera Takes It to the Neighborhoods

Pepe Martinez

On Thursday Lyric Opera of Chicago unveiled four new productions with one objective: community. Part of the Lyric Unlimited initiative for 2015 these shows reach beyond Lyric’s mainstage appealing to diverse age and ethnic groups.
Lyric announced plans to produce a klezmer opera based on a graphic novel

Grant Park Soloist: “Ice pack, please”

Natasha Paremski, c. Andrea Joynt

The Grant Park Music Festival welcomes Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski for Wednesday’s season opener. She joins Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a piece she jokes about on her Facebook page: “deliriously fast