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"Quirky" is a descriptor that seems to have stuck to Danish composer Carl Nielsen, born 150 years ago on June 9, 1865.

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi's performances of late.

"The monastic life is very plain and ordinary," says Father Cassian Folsom, the founder and prior of the Monks of Norcia, ensconced in the St. Benedict Monastery in central Italy. "You get up, and you pray, and you do your work and go to bed and then the next day you do the same thing."

A large portion of the monks' daily routine is singing. "We chant the Divine Office and the Mass every day," Folsom tells NPR's Scott Simon. "And if you put all of those moments together it takes about five hours a day. Three hundred sixty-five days a year."

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

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It’s been one year since Rockford’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home opened to the public. This weekend, the Laurent House will celebrate the anniversary and Wright’s 148th birthday. 

The title, Annabelle and the Sandhog, introduces two of the book's main characters, so let's take them in order:

Annabelle is a nursing-home aide who befriends the sandhog, in the novel and in real life. We'll learn more about her in a bit.

"Sandhog" is American slang for a person who works underground at an urban construction site.

The sandhog in this story is John O'Malley, modeled after author Ray Paul's grandfather, who made a career of blasting bedrock to carve the foundations of tall buildings in the early 20th Century.

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He's worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.

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The Kishwaukee Valley Art League presents the 44th Annual Northern Illinois Art Show June 6 and 7 in Sycamore.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the president of the League recently.  Larry Bond began by explaining why the art show was created.

Larry Bond: “The main reason was, to have an opportunity for local artists to exhibit in the community, for people to see their work, and the monies generated from this particular art show help us fund our projects throughout the year."

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The Kishwaukee Valley Art League presents the 44th Annual Northern Illinois Art Show June 6 and 7 in Sycamore.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the president of the League recently.  Larry Bond began by explaining why the art show was created.

Larry Bond: “The main reason was, to have an opportunity for local artists to exhibit in the community, for people to see their work, and the monies generated from this particular art show help us fund our projects throughout the year."

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