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Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

Chats with Peter Frampton, Chicago's Robert Lamm, The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston and the Legendary Buzz Cason

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Peter Frampton: It all started a few years ago when the Cincinnati Ballet asked if they could do choreography to four of my songs; three instrumentals from Fingerprints and then "Not Forgotten" from the Now album.

EXPO/CHICAGO Announces Participation of Premier Galleries and Citywide Celebration of ARTS and CULTURE

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Sugar Rautbord

A well-traveled Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO CHICAGO, recently returned from visiting Galleries in Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Mexico City, Basel, Canada and Brussels.

Kennedy Center For Performing Arts Names First Female President

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named president of the Kennedy Center, becoming the first woman to lead the perform...

In the Windy City, Part II

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Orchestras are running scared these days, with some going bankrupt, locked out, downsized or having their seasons shortened. Actually, you could say something similar of the entire classical music world. To counteract this, various scenarios are being attempted.

Season's Greetings

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Leonard Slatkin

Most orchestras in the United States take large chunks of time off in the summer, with several participating in music festivals that wrap up in the early part of August.

WATCH: The CSO Pays One Classy Tribute To The Blackhawks

Posted 06.20.2013 | Chicago

There have been plenty of loving tributes to the Chicago Blackhawks in their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup, but perhaps none as classy (or classical) a...

The Power of Music: The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Through the art of storytelling at the piano, we come to understand that music carried this story over generations and music, in-part, gave Lisa the will to live. Music is what ultimately saved her life.

Cook County Orchestra?

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts

CHICAGO — Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday – not inside an august concert hall – but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mo...

Making Art for Life's Sake

Jesse Rosen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Yo-Yo Ma expanded the discussion from "Art for Art's Sake" to "Art for Life's Sake," addressing both the critical argument for the role of the arts in society, and the responsibility of artists to see themselves as world citizens who are as concerned about our greatest global challenges.

Doing More About Diversity in America's Orchestras

Jesse Rosen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

The next time orchestras are taken to task for being too European, too Caucasian, and too male-dominated, one might reference the new and growing generation of music directors who bring an inclusive sensibility and dimension to artistic leadership.

Muti To Miss CSO Concerts

AP | Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti (MOOT' ee) will miss three concerts and a student engagement because ...

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

Master Conductor Says 'A People Without Culture Is A People That Loses Its Identity'

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts

ROME — Riccardo Muti, the master conductor, is sounding an ominous note, and it isn't rising from the orchestra pit. The former longtime maestr...

The Chicago Children's Choir Heads to Carnegie Hall and Beyond

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

One of Chicago's most brilliant gems will be exporting itself to New York and beyond in the coming months. The Chicago Children's Choir, headed by president and artistic director, Josephine Lee, will perform at Carnegie Hall's opening night gala with the world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

CSO, Striking Musicians Reach Deal

AP | Posted 09.25.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has reached a tentative labor agreement with its musicians, who went on strike over the weekend. The orches...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strikes

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.27.2012 | Arts

Musicians at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike this weekend after failing to resolve contract disputes with the orchestra's association. D...

CSO Musicians Go On Strike

AP | Posted 09.23.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association said orchestra musicians went on strike Saturday after rejecting proposals for a three-year cont...

Renee Fleming Mentors Chicago High School Students

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- There's a reason Renee Fleming has been dubbed "The People's Diva." For the past school year, the famed soprano has been mentoring teen vo...

CSO Director Given A Pacemaker

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital say a common heart rhythm disturbance caused Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Ricca...

CSO Director Riccardo Muti To Undergo Surgery

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti (MOO'-ti) will undergo surgery for facial injuries he suffered after fainting ...

CSO Director Riccardo Muti Collapses During Rehearsal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Other conductors will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performances after music director Riccardo Muti fainted during re...

That was the decade that was!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

I have had the good fortune to have been in Chicago for the whole of the first decade of the 21st century which ended over the weekend. It has been a...

Riccardo Muti Released From Hospital: CSO Director Expected Back In February

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti has been released from an Italian hospital and is expected to resume ...

An Interview With CSO's Riccardo Muti

Time Out Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Considered one of the most remarkable talents in Italian music, Riccardo Muti is about to turn a corner in his already impressive and lengthy career w...