Arts and culture

It's not quite right to say the news came as a shock when the Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that Yannick Nézet-Séguin would become the house's new music director, beginning in the 2020-21 season. He follows in the footsteps of James Levine, who said in April that he was stepping down after leading the Met for four decades.

Barry Douglas knows a few things about handing down traditions. In this Tiny Desk performance, he passes along the musical heritage of his Irish homeland in the form of old Celtic songs he's arranged for solo piano.

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Governor Bruce Rauner shuttered the Illinois State museum last fall, saying the closure was a necessary cost-saving measure. This week, his administration announced the Springfield branch of the museum and the Dickson Mounds location will reopen on July second, if a legislative committee approves a plan to charge adults a five dollar admission fee. That committee meets June 14th.