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Curbing A Producer’s Carpal Tunnel

Before I ever thought about producing radio programs for a living, I’ve been playing the drums. I’ve heard horror stories of these cats that just couldn’t play anymore because their sticking technique was too forceful on their wrists, resulting in Carpal Tunnel syndrome. I’ve read umpteen articles on the topic over the last decade which more…

Grant Park Music Festival

The city was out last Wednesday night enjoying the balmy evening. The people were picnicking under the ‘The Bean’ with French Dances and Fairytale music drifting over from the Grant Park Music Festival. This Grant Park Music Festival Concert was conducted by Gilbert Varga. Through his father, Tibor Varga, Gilbert is linked very closely to more…

Santa Fe & the Cutting Room Floor

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival series is up and airing from Chicago to New Zealand. Listen Sunday nites at 8p CST on 98.7WFMT and My production blog at features the clips that would have ended up on the cutting room floor and other behind the scenes stuff I found en route to more…

Attack of the JumboTrons

Noel 1 I adore Mahler. But, I don’t really get Das Lied. Hopefully this will be the night. Noel 2 It’s a very complex piece. You almost have to study it–wow! Great video. Conlon looks good. It’s cool to hear him say something about the music. (music starts) Noel 1 Looks like a horn solo more…

Artheme Swallows his Clarinet

This in today from Arts Journal’s daily e-newsletter… Artheme Swallows his Clarinet, a brief, silent, French film made in 1912, is both surreal and amusing. It is a clever French Eclipse comedy digitally restored by Serge Bromberg. Artheme plays his clarinet in the park and makes people happy. He plays it for some furniture movers more…

Brahms Violin Concerto Manuscript

Another treasure of the Library of Congress…they (or we the American citizenry) own the autograph manuscript of the Brahms Violin Concerto. You can see that Brahms labored over this piece, changing his mind and crossing things out often. He consulted with violinist Joseph Joachim who took great liberties at suggesting changes. Joachim’s bright red ink more…

Frederick the Great flute

Did you happen to catch the flute piece by Frederick the Great today during Lisa Flynn’s show? It just so happens the Library of Congress has one of the King of Prussia’s own flutes. Check it out:

Return of the Game Show

On Saturday, August 1st, our WFMT Game Show “La Triviata” will make a return appearance. We’re calling it “La Triviata 2.0,” and it will be aired from 10 to 11 AM, live from our Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Much of it will be like our first airing of the game show back in more…

NYTimes: Isaac Stern’s Great Leap Forward Reverberates

Pilfered with good will and respect. NYT is a great newspaper. Visit their web site for comprehensive news and terrific arts coverage such as the article below… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From The New York Times July 5, 2009 By DAVID BARBOZA BEIJING THIRTY years ago this summer the violinist Isaac Stern created a sensation when more…

Met Opera, stagehands strike deal

Pilfered with respect and gratitude from Article posted to on Tue., Jun. 30, 2009, 7:03pm PT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Salary increase postponed for union By GORDON COX The Metropolitan Opera and stagehands’ union Local One have struck a deal, postponing a promised salary increase this summer in exchange for an extra year on more…