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Web Exclusive Video: The Vermeer Quartet’s Seven Last Words

Crucifixion by Jacopo Tintoretto,1565

For over two decades, the Vermeer Quartet has made Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ a Chicago tradition during Holy Week. See the video for an inside look at the piece with Vermeer violist Richard Young.

Immerse Yourself in a Masterpiece

Manuscript, Sanctus from the Mass in B minor

Scholars spend decades probing the music, the Latin text, the source material and the religious symbolism encrypted within the structure of Bach’s final composition, the Mass in B Minor. Where some works do well with the occasional airing–maybe not more than that–the B Minor Mass is nearly incomprehensible to its most seasoned devotees

Hear Tenor Joseph Calleja’s WFMT Recital

Joseph Calleja, photo by Simon Fowler

Decca Artist Joseph Calleja has two CDs out, both listed as Editor’s Choice for Gramophone Magazine. For the last few weeks, he’s been part of Chicago’s musical landscape, singing Rodolfo opposite Anna Netrebko in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of La Bohème

A Musical Feast for Passover, Monday at 6:00 PM

Itzhak Perlman

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

Passover and Holy Week on WFMT

The Last Supper by Peter Paul Rubens 1630-1631

Trying to predict when Easter Sunday will happen each year is a worthy challenge for any scholar. What the Christian world refers to as a “moveable feast,” pays tribute to the commonality of Judaism and Christianity. Set according to the Hebrew calendar, Easter changes from year to year because it employs the ancient lunar-based

Web Exclusive Video: Valentina Lisitsa at WFMT

Valentina Lisitsa, photo by Alexei Kuznetsoff

This has been a Cinderella story in the making for twelve years. Valentina Lisitsa first came to WFMT in 2001 with loads of passion for the instrument, raw determination, charm and an entrepreneurial mind. Today she has a Decca contract and is one of the most celebrated pianists in the world.

Karrin Allyson on Jazz at Lincoln Center, Friday at 11:00 PM

Karrin Allyson

There’s something incredibly satisfying about a Karrin Allyson show. Musicality seems as natural to her as air. Taking the stage like a ball of fire, she folds any given moment into her musical landscape with almost shocking speed, a testament to the mind behind the smokey voice.

LIVE Broadcast of An American Story, Thursday at 8:00 PM

Hershey Felder as Dr. Charles Leale

Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, a Union surgeon who attended Lincoln immediately after he was shot, becomes the central character in this gripping tale of that historic night and its rippling effect on our country and on one man’s life.

Obama, Chicago and Film Legend John Williams

Civitas Ensemble

This one sizzles with Chicago synergy. The marvelous Civitas Ensemble played “Live from WFMT” on Monday. They pulled out a piece deeply rooted to the Windy City: “Air and Simple Gifts” by film composer John Williams

Countdown to Valentina Lisitsa LIVE on WFMT

Valentina Lisitsa

It’s impossible to imagine the collective number of lifetimes spent pounding the piano keys, in total isolation, by would-be concert pianists. Along comes Valentina Lisitsa, who put her performances on YouTube. 55,000,000 views later