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Archive for April, 2013

Discovering Florence Price

Florence Price

In the 1930s, there weren’t an awful lot of American composers who enjoyed the same level of recognition as their European counterparts. There was less regard for American women composers, and even less for African-American women composers

Albert Herring: A Classic British Comedy

Benjamin Britten

WFMT’s celebration of Benjamin Britten at 100 continues this evening with his comic opera, Albert Herring. Britten’s opera demonstrates once again, that no one makes fun of the British better than the British. Albert Herring is nothing if not a poke at

Bella Voce Impromptu Available On Demand

Bella Voce

Bella Voce filled the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio with beautiful a cappella singing. The performance is available

Janos Starker (1924 – 2013)

Starker's Grammy Award-winning recording of the Bach Cello Suites

Janos Starker was a child prodigy born in 1924 to a Jewish family in Budapest. He made his professional debut at the age of 14. By the time he emigrated to the more…

National Poetry Month: Composing Haiku

"Five Pines" and the Onagi Canal by Hiroshige

Tomorrow, WFMT listeners will be invited to submit their own haiku on the subject of music. Sharpen your quill and click here for a few writing tips.

The Indefatigable Cello

Mikhail Evstafiev snapped this photo of cellist Vedran Smailović in the rubble of the National Library in Sarajevo (1992)

On Thursday, April 18, following the Boston Marathon bombings, moods were somber. Thousands gathered outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Police Officers processed outside. President Obama and numerous dignitaries gathered inside. There was a moment when stillness fell

The Rite of Spring at 100

Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky

Imagine Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky sitting side-by-side at the piano. Before them is a manuscript to a brand new piece of music, which Stravinsky has scored for piano four-hands. It’s never been played before, but Debussy’s sight-reading skills

Bella Voce LIVE on WFMT Thursday, 3:00 PM

Gabriel Jackson

The a cappella group Bella Voce is known for its wide-ranging programming; their repertoire spans about 500 years. They’ve commissioned a number of new pieces and championed others. With new music, they have a knack for finding works

Composer John Corigliano LIVE on WFMT

John Corigliano

For his first couple decades, John Corigliano Jr. was known as the concertmaster’s kid. While the New York Philharmonic played for a nation, the younger John padded around backstage. When he landed a production job with Leonard Bernstein’s telecasts

Verdi, Voltaire and the Americas

Giuseppe Verdi, Vanity Fair 1879

Peter van de Graaff continues his year-long celebration of Verdi at 200 with this little-known work, Alzira, written for the opera house in Naples. Verdi bases the work on a play by Voltaire called Alzire, ou les Américains, which places the action amid the Inca’s struggle against the Spaniards. The exotic setting