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I’m standing in one of the galleries housing the exhibition with Freeport Art Museum Executive Director Jessica Modica.  In front of us is "At the World’s End: Only Evil Will Travel in a Straight Line," a painting by Dan Brinkmeier.

At first blush, it’s a farm family having a picnic. But then you notice the bleeding lamb, people flying or wearing animal masks and, like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” a house in the air.  Modica says the artist admits that the picture is chock-full of symbols.

Five Under-The-Radar Reads From Nancy Pearl

Dec 19, 2014
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This weekend, Dec. 21, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus present a "Sing-Along Messiah," an event often known as a "Do-It-Yourself Messiah."  Audience members are invited to join the choir in singing choruses from Handel’s masterpiece.

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.

Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, and then we start hammering things out in some amount of exquisite music-nerd agony. Some albums we agree upon, some are our individual picks.

Thanks For Supporting Classical WNIU!

Dec 11, 2014

Our thanks 17 new and renewing members who contributed a total of $1,560 by phone and on the web during the Classical WNIU Year-End Membership Campaign!

You can still make your contribution now if you didn't have an opportunity to do it earlier. It's your continuing membership support that makes 24-hour Classical WNIU possible!

From The Archives: DeKalb Municipal Band Is 150

Dec 11, 2014

DeKalb, IL – The City of DeKalb claims it has the oldest continuous band in Illinois. The DeKalb Municipal Band opens its 150th season with a concert in Hopkins Park. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre.  Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund.  Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.

GS:  Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?

DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band celebrates its 160th year with a concert out of the norm from its usual outdoor performances. The band presents its first holiday concert Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. 

The DeKalb Municipal Band is the oldest continuous performing band in Illinois. 

WNIJ 2014 Holiday Specials

Dec 8, 2014

WNIJ is pleased to present our collection of holiday specials throughout December.  Each week you'll hear from the people you've come to know and love and we'll introduce you to some new voices along the way.  Tune in and enjoy!

Tinsel Tales 3 - Sunday, December 14 - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 25 10:00 a.m.

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and others NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Hosted by Lynn Neary

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