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Archive for March 19, 2013

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

Give us a classical music limerick!

Though it’s clear he won genius’s lotto,

Sibelius often was blotto.

Which explains why that fella,

In “The Swan of Tuonela,”

wrote that long English-horn obbligato.