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Fairy tales do come true, but sometimes not quite the way you've imagined. Last spring, Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary had to give up their plans for a dream wedding. The writer/Project Runway judge/fashion icon and the musician/producer had been planning epic nuptials to celebrate their epic love story (they knew each other as children, then reconnected after many years to discover soul mate-level romance.) But when the pandemic started, their happily-ever-after took a different turn.

The pandemic shut down most summer music festivals last year and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, was no exception. But on July 10 the BSO returned, with an all-Beethoven program featuring pianist Emanuel Ax.

In Februrary, Will Liverman released his album Dreams of a New Day. It's a beautiful collection of art songs by Black composers, many in world premiere recordings, that chart the peaks and valleys of the Black American experience, celebrating hope and joy, but too often chronicling pain, violence and loss.

Some say that classical music audiences are dwindling and aging out.  But the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is actively working to change that scenario with its commitment to the next generation of listeners, visionary programming collaborations with video game composers, and educational offerings that include regular school and family concerts.

Isata Kanneh-Mason, 'Deep River'

Jul 14, 2021

A Decca Classics Recording/Universal Music Operations Limited / YouTube

"Deep River," the beloved spiritual, gets heard in strikingly diverse settings – from a swing version

One of the most adventurous classical ensembles, the Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet, has made its reputation with an eclectic musical palette – they've explored the string quartets of Haydn and Beethoven and premiered new pieces by contemporary composers.

Attacca Quartet, 'Real Life'

Jul 8, 2021

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While steeped in the tradition of Haydn and

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially began its Centennial Celebration on July 1, 2021. The 18-month-long celebration of their 100 year history will include more than 50 new compositions and fanfares commisioned specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s faculty, and more.

When the Pulitzer-winning composer Caroline Shaw wants a snack, she soft-boils an egg. She knows that six minutes and 15 seconds leads to the ideal texture — a jammy yolk, with a chalky outer edge and a flowing center. But her ritual for the past few years has been to surrender the process to music, letting whatever she's listening to that day dictate the precise cook time.

The Little Theatre is expanding its hours this week. The theater, operated by WXXI, had been open Friday through Sunday.

As of Thursday, July 8, it will be open Thursday through Sunday. Public relations coordinator Scott Pukos said that Thursday movies will have open captions.