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WTTW Presents a Christmas Concert From Norway, Thursday 9PM

Photo: Jason Rich

Thursday at 9PM, WFMT’s sister television station WTTW Channel 11 will present a Christmas concert from a Hamar, Norway featuring Grammy-nominated soprano Measha Brueggergosman, whose Mahler songs with the Cleveland Orchestra is up for best vocal performance.

WFMT producer David Polk had a chance to chat with Measha about performing this concert in Norway, which she enjoyed because it has nothing to do with music about “mothers kissing santa claus” :

Measha Brueggergosman on Christmas in Norway

Rick Steves loves Christmas in Norway, too:

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  • Georgia Fountoulakis

    Might anyone have the lyrics to Mikis Theodorakis Song of Praise Ode to Zeus?

  • Debra

    Carl recited the lyrics to the All Souls Song this morning, November 2nd, between 8:18-8:34 a.m. He did this preceding the beautiful song. Does anyone know the name of the song – I would really like to search for a copy of the lyrics. Beautiful!!

  • carlo Julio

    It would be nice to have a list of all the selections played during Carl’s program, why are tehy not listed in the schedule?

  • Armando

    Amor brujo is more properly translated as Wicked Love.
    It is one of those phrases that you can get lost in translation when translated word by word.

  • Jennifer Richards

    I love listening to your morning programs. They are always fun and interesting. I would like to hear Guide to Britten by Flanders and Swann and some of Donald Swann’s other songs that are not usually heard. Whatever you can dig up would be great.

  • Phil Perry

    For the 5:58 club, I would like to request Liszt, S558, it’s called something about wasser zu singen or zu singen … wasser is in the title , maybe it’s supposed to sound like a waterfall, but it’s beautiful.

  • Mitchell Marks

    I was aware of the elder John Corigliano, by name, long before his son the composer arrived on the scene. On an LP of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” that my family had in my youth, concertmaster Corigliano was credited for his playing of the solo violin part.

  • Ann Raven

    I LOVE, LOVE, “The Night of the Flying Horses” by Golijov that you just played! Thank you Kaias!

  • ThankYou

    Carl certainly adds an unfortunate slant to the news, “liberally” attaching colorful adjectives and adverbs that sound like put-downs to anything non-democrat. One can almost see them gleefully scrawled in red pen across the AP “rip-&-read” copy. “Leaving the Republican’s plans in TATTERS…” “Trump’s FAILED plan…” Etc.

    Even the morning of Trump’s election, Carl felt compelled to discount the win by adding “A high percentage of those voting for Trump were uneducated, white males…” Many who happen to listen to WFMT apparently. Thanks, Carl. Guess that double degree from a Liberal Arts College (ironically) is only in my head.

    A word of advice: stop editorializing the news with bitterness and stick to the music where you truly shine. Who knows, you might even earn a few more donations come pledge time instead of comments like these.

  • Carol Olmstead

    Carl, The Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is giving an organ concert Friday night, July 28, 7:30 pm. It is at Marmion Abbey, Aurora, 7:30pm. We started this tradition in honor of the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death in 2000, and have been doing it every year since, on the last Friday in July. If you can mention it, I would be grateful.
    Carol Olmstead, organist
    Glen Ellyn IL
    (630) 469-7847

    P.S. I will be playing this year, as will 12 other organists.

  • Splishette

    I love Carl’s show but as an unabashed, far left liberal I don’t hear the ‘liberal slant’ a few of the conservatives on this thread complain about hearing. In contrast, I wish WFMT and other media would report a less conservative slant on the news!

    This Administration has committed many infractions and often get off with a mere reporting of the news, no slant either way. I wonder where that elusive ‘liberal media’ I keep hearing about may be in those cases. It seems we’re all simply not content with a moderate, down-the-middle news media. 🙂

    • Ann Raven

      Honestly, I have not heard a liberal slant either!

  • Kathryn T Larsen

    Mr. Grapentine. What a wonderful way to start my day! As I backed out of the driveway, the William Tell Overture was just beginning. As the orchestra swung into the boisterous and famous “Lone Ranger” portion of the piece, I could not help but imagine what fun the members of the orchestra must have when they get to perform such a delightful selection. Thank you for sending me on my way this morning with a great big grin and goose bumps! ktl

  • David Weinberg

    Re: comments by Ann Raven, I second the motion! Quoth the Raven, evermore.

  • Ann Raven

    Carl Grapentine, thank you so much for the Mahler-in-the-morning today! Started my day off just right!

  • Paul Jackson

    I enjoyed the questions–got some right and learned somethings. I will always love WFMT–whenI lived in Chgo 77-86 and now that I am in ATL….maybe recycle some of Claudia’s reviews. lol?????

  • Greg Pawlowski

    I agree with John Shade. I drive my grandkids to school every day, and I used to listen to WFMT. When I choose to listen nowadays, I often turn the station off in disgust after hearing Carl Grapentine’s gratuitous editorial comments. Case in point: When the dictator in North Korea threatened to send missiles our way, Grapentine criticized Trump for not trying to placate the madman. He all but accused Trump for the belligerent rhetoric. I ( hopefully ) will listen to WFMT for the music, and not for Grapentne’s amateur editorializing. It is a mistake for WFMT to think that all of its listeners are of the liberal-progressive ideology.

  • Greg Pawlowski

    I drive my grandkids to school every day, and I used to listen to the beautiful music on WFMT. Nowadays, when I choose to listen in the mornings, I often turn off the station after a gratuitous Carl Grapentine editorial. Case in point: When the dictator in North Korea threatened to send nuclear missiles our way, Grapentine criticized Trump for not trying to placate the madman. He all but accused Trump of being the cause of heightened rhetoric. I will ( hopefully ) listen to WFMT for the music and not for Grapentine’s amateur editorials. WFMT is making a mistake if it assumes all of its listeners are of a liberal-progressive mind set. Maybe WFMT could give Grapentine his own editorial time slot.

  • Greg Pawlowski

    I used to listen to WFMT for its beautiful music every morning as I drove my grandkids to school. Nowadays, when I choose to listen to WFMT in the morning I often turn it off in disgust. The reason being that Carl Grapentine often gives gratuitous anti-Trump editorial comments. Case in point: When the dictator in North Korea threatened to send nuclear tipped missiles our way, Grapentine criticized Trump for not placating the madman. Grapentine all but blamed Trump for the heightened rhetoric. Maybe WFMT can give Grapentine his own editorial / commentary time slot. At least then I would be warned instead of being ambushed. WFMT is making a mistake if it believes that its listeners are all of the liberal-progressive mind set. Are its listeners as easily replaced as an announcer?

    • zz4j9m

      The idea that there is any excuse or defense for this disaster of a president and that he should be treated normally is repugnant. If ever there were a time to speak out against a growing fascism, it is now. Opposing this horrible president is hardly a liberal-progressive mind set. The well-being of the nation, and quite possibly the world, is at stake. Those who continue to support this man have many screws loose, or worse.