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The beginnings of a beautiful friendship…

In this audio clip, Pinchas Zukerman describes meeting Itzhak Perlman for the very first time. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Wieniawski Concerto no2 – Young Itzhak Perlman

Softball: WFMT Vs. CSO

Members of the WFMT family challenged the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Saturday, August 14th to the annual Softball game. Can WFMT rise to the occassion and topple the CSO for the first time in this annual competition? Here are some pictures of the two teams: WFMT staff, Stephanie Photakis at the plate. CSO gets a hit! more…

Funny Notes Too

Hey Matt and David, After seeing your post about the Top 5 Funniest Musical Notes, we decided to throw in our two cents. Three of us from Exploring Music have found Bill McGlaughlin talking about the best raspberry and retching sounds in music, this just might be a contender. These are in Bartok’s Concerto for more…

Bernstein and Beethoven

From the Library of Congress you can view an original script for the Bernstein Young People’s Concert, “Forever Beethoven.” Notice the second assistant to the producer, John Corigliano, Jr. Yes, that’s the same John Corigliano who would become a composer and winner of a Grammy, an Oscar and the Pulitzer Prize. Forever Beethoven

Funny Notes

I don’t know how my office mate David Polk and I got on the topic of the Muppets, but we both agree that the trumpet note which ends the Muppet Show theme is one of the top 5 funniest musical notes of all-time. (We can’t think of what the other four might be, but perhaps more…

After 41 Years, Chief Engineer Gordon Carter Retires

WFMT’s legendary Chief Engineer Gordon Carter retired Friday after 41.5 years at the station.  In his farewell email to staff, he wrote: When I started with WFMT my wife and I had been married for less than a year.  I intended to stick around for 2-3 years and then move on.  41 years, two children, more…