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CSO, Muti find music of the baroque an interesting challenge

The conductor and orchestra brought the same skill, care and commitment to this music as they do to everything else they take on, but it seems fair to say that this repertoire is not their forte.

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Terell Johnson ‘championing diverse voices’ in new role with Chicago Philharmonic

The newly appointed executive director says that the Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence program, which began in 2021 before his arrival, can play a major role in his bid toward promoting greater diversity and inclusion.

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The Mix: Things to do in Chicago Jan. 27-Feb. 2

TimeLine Theatre’s ‘Relentless,’ a Punch Brothers concert and an innovative Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit are among the entertainment options this week.

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On Janet Jackson documentary, the discreet singer (almost) tells all for you

Thoughtfully and passionately, artist opens up her childhood, her first marriage and her superstar brother Michael.

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Protesting Joe Rogan, Neil Young asks for and gets Spotify to remove his music

Rocker says the comedian’s popular podcast on the streaming service is presenting "grossly unfactual information" about COVID-19.

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Elton John tests positive for COVID-19, postpones Texas concerts

John "is experiencing only mild symptoms," according to a spokesperson’s statement.

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Film looks back at Ye as a young, awkward, audacious Chicago rapper

The three-part ‘jeen-yuhs’ trilogy tracks the superstar’s career with 20 years’ worth of intimate footage, starting with his origins as Kanye West, a producer with a flair for freestyle.

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Bad Bunny stadium tour includes Chicago date

The new tour comes on the heels of his previously announced world tour, which kicks off next month.

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Rising country star Brittney Spencer puts a lot of herself into her music: ‘it’s important to tell your story’

"I feel like a three-minute song can sometimes encapsulate everything that you’ve been thinking and experiencing for years," says Spencer.

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Daryl Hall launching solo tour in Chicago, releasing retrospective album

The tour kicks off April 1 at the Auditorium Theatre.

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Don Wilson, guitarist with The Ventures, dies at 88

The band’s hits included "Walk, Don’t Run," and the theme song for "Hawaii Five-O."

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Brazil bids farewell to its beloved samba queen Elza Soares

Soares rose to stardom in spite of a difficult upbringing and being a Black woman in a country where slavery has left a stark legacy of inequality.

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Fugees cancel anniversary tour

The news came via social media posts by the group’s members, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.

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Oldies but goodies are reborn via masterful interpretations by the CSO, Riccardo Muti

The program was no disparate group of selections. Muti clearly wanted to transport viewers back to a very particular world of late Romanticism, where beautiful melodies and harmonies were the norm.

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Adele postpones Las Vegas residency due to COVID pandemic impact on crew

In a video message posted on social media, a tearful Adele said: "I’m so sorry but my show ain’t ready."

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Meat Loaf, singer of ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ ‘Paradise By the Dashboard Light,’ dies at 74

The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement.

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Coop’s Records owner Ezell Cooper, South Side store owner and ‘jazzologist,’ dead at 89

Rick Wojcik, owner of the Dusty Groove record store, called him ‘a legend.’ He carried all musical genres, but his specialty was jazz.

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The Mix: Cool things to do Jan. 20-26 in Chicago

"The Gem of the Ocean" at the Goodman Theatre, Kane Brown in concert, the Chicago International Puppet Festival and "Disney on Ice" are among the entertainment offerings in the week ahead.

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Fred Parris, singer with the Five Satins on ‘In the Still of the Night,’ dies at age 85

Parris and his fellow Satins recorded "In the Still of the Night" in the basement of St. Bernadette Church in New Haven, the finished track featuring a dreamlike saxophone solo by Vinny Mazzetta (an altar boy at the church).

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Angel Bat Dawid working to change the music landscape for Black musicians

Dawid first got the itch to play when her father took her and her siblings to see the 1984 film "Amadeus"; she was immediately hooked on the fact that Mozart was so into music as a child.

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Grammy Awards ceremony moves to Las Vegas in early April

The multitalented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee for this year’s honors, grabbing 11 nods in a variety of genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

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Netflix lands 52 NAACP award nominations; ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure,’ H.E.R. earn multiple nods

Regina King will compete for entertainer of the year against Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson and Tiffany Haddish.

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Chicago rapper Vic Mensa charged with possession of drugs at Dulles Airport

Vic Mensa, 28, arrived about 7 a.m. Saturday on a flight that had departed from Ghana.

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Celine Dion cancels North American tour due to health issues

The singer received treatment for "severe and persistent muscle spasms" that previously prevented her from singing, and she is still recovering, according to the Saturday announcement.

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When it comes to her music, it’s a new day for ‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black

The musician, now 24 and hailed as a queer icon, is on the road and refusing to be defined by her much-maligned viral hit from more than a decade ago.

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‘Dancin’ Man’ Perry Kanlan, who’d jump onstage at Chicago clubs to perform with stars, dead at 78

He’d dance on his hands, do splits and flips with performers including James Brown, the Jackson 5, Martha Reeves, George Clinton and Sister Sledge.

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Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in superb evening of Beethoven

Riccardo Muti delivered one of his finest conducting jobs since his appointment to the Chicago Syphony Orchestra in 2010.

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Los Angeles police investigating Ye after battery complaint

The street where the alleged battery happened is outside Soho West, a members-only downtown club popular with celebrities.

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The Mix: Things to do in Chicago Jan. 13-19

"Bachelor: The Unauthorized Musical Parody," Neal Francis in concert and "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" are among the entertainment offerings in the week ahead.

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Lionel Richie to receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for pop music

Past recipients include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Garth Brooks.

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Ronnie Spector, singer of ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78

The rock ‘n’ roll siren sang such 1960s hits as "Baby I Love You" and "Walking in the Rain" as the leader of the girl group the Ronettes.

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Bonnaroo music fest returning, headliners announced

Tool, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks, Machine Gun Kelly, the Chicks among the artists scheduled to perform.