Arts http://northernpublicradio.org en The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://northernpublicradio.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51315 at http://northernpublicradio.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://northernpublicradio.org/post/war-words-met-opera-may-signal-shutdown When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.<p>At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 51265 at http://northernpublicradio.org War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-symphony-names-new-conductor-youth-orchestra <p></p><p>The <a href="http://rockfordsymphony.com/">Rockford Symphony Orchestra</a> (RSO) has chosen Linc Smelser to be the next conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO). The RSO announced the selection Friday.</p><p>In the announcement, RSO Music Director Steven Larsen said he was delighted to have Smelser as the RSYO's new conductor.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:59:21 +0000 Guy Stephens 51241 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra Tell Your Summer Story, Take A Walk In The Park http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tell-your-summer-story-take-walk-park <p>Here we are, knee-deep in summer, with vacation on the mind this weekend.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:46:08 +0000 Susan Stephens 51229 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tell Your Summer Story, Take A Walk In The Park Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 51185 at http://northernpublicradio.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. http://northernpublicradio.org/post/americas-youth-orchestra-hits-road-time-playing-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7AvzsibovU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9k4SqNnb9A</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51019 at http://northernpublicradio.org America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://northernpublicradio.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 50907 at http://northernpublicradio.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/actress-elaine-stritch-her-own-greatest-character-dies-89 Elaine Stritch — one of Broadway's boldest and brassiest performers — has died. With that gravelly voice — and those long legs — and that utter command of the stage, Stritch was a bona fide Broadway star. Not as a classic leading lady, necessarily, but as the hardened-yet-vulnerable performer audiences couldn't forget. Stritch died of natural causes Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:21:14 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 50809 at http://northernpublicradio.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe http://northernpublicradio.org/post/olafur-arnalds-world-cafe <em>World Cafe</em>'s<em> Sense of Place: Iceland</em> guest today is a busy man. Composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds creates beautiful, sweeping neoclassical music, perfect for the soundtracks that have won him high praise. He's been in especially high demand since winning a BAFTA award for his musical contributions to the British TV series <em>Broadchurch</em>.<p>Arnalds joins the show with his band at the studios of Iceland's Rás 2 radio station to play a set in front of a group of World Cafe Travel Adventurers. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 50743 at http://northernpublicradio.org Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game http://northernpublicradio.org/post/how-three-tenors-sang-hits-and-changed-game <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcGoY4COi-I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNQeKvVPPlc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXQGyYy-oZI</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 50717 at http://northernpublicradio.org How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game