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Mitsuko Uchida

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Performs Schumann & Mozart at CSO this Weekend >>

This Sunday, February 28, at 3:00 p.m. Chicago's Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Chamber Music series continues with renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida making her only Symphony Center appearance this season in a chamber music program of works by Schumann and Mozart. Joining Uchida for this performance are Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) principals Stephen Williamson (clarinet), Keith Buncke (bassoon), and John Sharp (cello), associate principal Daniel Gingrich (horn) and guest musician Nathan Hughes -- Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke & New York Pops Bring 'Star Wars' to Carnegie Hall >>

The New York Pops are set to take center stage at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage April 8, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. to perform The Music of John Williams: From Spielberg to Star Wars. Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in a celebration of the work of the legendary film composer, with a strong focus on his collaborations with Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg.

Cliff Colnot

Cliff Colnot Leads Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Farewell Concert >>

Civic Orchestra of Chicago's Principal Conductor for the last 20-years, Cliff Colnot, who concludes his tenure with the Orchestra at the end of the 2015/16 season, marks his final podium appearance with the Civic in concert this Monday, February 29, at 8 p.m. The farewell concert will feature Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and EOS (Goddess of a Dawn), a 2014 work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra's former Mead Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas.

Ray Charles

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles Airs on WETA This Friday >>

A WETA co-production presents a White House concert featuring interpretations of the popular music of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles, who won 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors among other accolades, this Friday, February 26 at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Luciana Paris and Marcelo Gomes

Nigeria’s Booming Film Industry Redefines African Life >>

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Chris Rock

San Bernardino Looks to Art for Some Healing >>

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Conductor Sir Mark Elder Return to Lead CSO for March Residency >>

World renowned orchestral conductor Sir Mark Elder returns to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in three unique programs in March. Elder, who is currently music director of The Hallé orchestra in Manchester, has made regular appearances with the CSO since his subscription debut in 1983.

Eighth Blackbird

Will Oldham Joins eighth blackbird for 'Ghostlight' Concerts >>

March 25 and 26, the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago -- founded in 1967 as one of the world's largest contemporary art venues -- presents 'Ghostlight,' a new concert by Grammy-award winning ensemble eighth blackbird, who perform two pieces that were written for the ensemble: David T. Little's Ghostlight and Bryce Dessner's Murder Ballades

Disney Princess Cinderella

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Welcomes Russian National Ballet Theatre >>

Thursday, March 10, at 8:00 p.m. New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with 'Cinderella' performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. The NJPA, located in downtown Newark is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.

Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony Heads to Carnegie Hall >>

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will perform four concerts featuring repertoire by composers MTT has long championed -- Copland and Mahler -- as well as major symphonic works by Schumann and Schubert, during their 2016 East Coast tour from April 13 to 16. The tour begins with two concerts at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season, New Composers-In-Residence

French Pianist Lise de la Salle to Perform at Chicago Symphony Center March 6 >>

Famed French pianist Lise de la Salle makes her Symphony Center debut in the Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Piano series on Sunday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m. One of the most promising young artists in the international classical piano scene, de la Salle performs a program of works by Bach and Ravel, as well as a rich assortment of showpieces by Liszt.

Justin Peck

Some Forms of Dementia Can Elicit A Creative Flowering >>

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Christopher Wheeldon

Knoedler Gallery Settles Art Fraud Case for $8.3 Million >>

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling New 'Harry Potter' Book Already a Bestseller >>

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Bernie Sanders Sings 'We Shall Overcome,' 'This Land is Your Land' for Burlington Label

UNESCO & Italy Establish Task Force To Protect Art Threatened by Civil Wars >>

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