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Prolific and multifaceted British composer and conductor Peter Maxwell Davies died Monday at age 81 at his home in the Orkney Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland. His death, from leukemia, was reported on the websites of both his publisher and his management company.

The harpsichord was eclipsed first by the fortepiano in the 18th century and eventually by the modern grand, but that doesn't mean the instrument is out of sight or out of mind.

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 A dozen college and high school choral groups from 7 states descend upon Rochelle - Flagg Township High School this weekend for the 3rd annual Vertical Voices Vocal Jazz Festival.  So what’s bringing those students and an acclaimed jazz quartet together in the Hub City?

New Mural Extols Community Efforts To Transform

Mar 10, 2016
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A mural by a Rockford artist, commissioned by a Rockford-area company and dedicated to a Rockford cause was unveiled Thursday afternoon at the Rockford Public Library.

After successfully promoting his company at a Rockford business exposition, Ticomix CEO Tim Ancona wanted a way to promote his community as well. He credits Ticomix VP Mike Roberts with the idea to have a local artist create a mural depicting Rockford’s ongoing renewal.

You might call it old wine in new bottles, but what sweet, masterfully crafted wine it is. Upheld by Stillness, the debut album by the young and vibrant British a cappella choir ORA, presents a contemporary twist on a 16th-century classic.

Widely influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died at age 86 in the Austrian village of St. Georgen im Attergau, near Salzburg.

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The Rockford Symphony Orchestra announced the lineup for its next season Tuesday.  The RSO’s executive director is Julie Thomas.  She’s excited about a special concert, and a special guest performer, added to the 2016-2017 season.

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