Arts and culture

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.

The Ballroom Thieves is a folk trio with a cellist at its core. Singer Calin Peters and her bandmates, guitarist Martin Earley and percussionist Devin Mauch, have now teamed up with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra on a music video for its song "Bury Me Smiling," and the combination makes for a compelling song.

British composer Anna Meredith produces so many types of works that attempts at a simple summary of what sort of musician she is are laughable, almost quaint.

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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance production of “The Lucky Chance” re-sets the 17th century Restoration comedy in 1960s London.

NIU theater professor Stanton Davis is director of the school’s production of “The Lucky Chance.” He says, as the first female professional playwright in Britain, author Aphra Behn is a fascinating figure of history. But that’s not why he chose to stage the play. 

Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer has strong opinions about his homeland, from its music to its politics.

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The 11th Annual Beloit International Film Festival begins its 10-day run Friday afternoon.  This year's could be the best yet.