Don’t miss David Fray in what we hope will be his first of many visits to WFMT. The 32-year-old, french pianist performs Mozart with the Chicago Symphony this weekend. He comes to WFMT for music and conversation with Carolyn Paulin. The live WFMT recital will feature music by J.S. Bach. This Impromptu begins at 4:00 more…
Archive for May, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Noel Morris
Our third installment of the NEIU Jewel Box web episodes takes us to the flip side of the earth’s journey around the sun—that is, to a celebration of the winter solstice. Recorded last December 21st, the music comes from a recent CD release entitled, “By a Little Light.” These original compositions have a distinctly autumnal, more…
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Cydne Gillard
One of the most memorable exhibits we saw on our trip was inside the Mariinsky II. Throughout the new theater, original and revival costumes from famous opera and ballet performances were displayed from the Mariinsky Theatre Archives. It was a beautiful way to celebrate their colorful and dramatic history. Click more to keep reading and see the gallery of images.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Noel Morris
The Rite of Spring certainly made a lasting impression. 100 years ago today, Pierre Monteaux strode into the orchestra pit at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and into the history books. Some called the ensuing riot the unofficial start of World War I; certainly the Romanticism, primitivism, nationalism, heroism—all the outsized gestures produced by that 1913 culture fanned more…
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Noel Morris
French pianist David Fray has been circling the globe, getting closer and closer to Chicago without actually touching down (he did finally make his recital debut a little over a year ago). Call it anti-nepotism; the 32-year-old soloist married the daughter of Maestro Riccardo Muti in 2008. “We shouldn’t hire him just because he’s my son-in-law.”
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Cydne Gillard
Prima Ballerina, Maya Plitseskaya was watching from the back box while Diana Vishneva danced this role in one of the opening concerts of the Mariinsky ll.
Friday, May 24, 2013 by Noel Morris
Hear movie icon and Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert speaking with Studs Terkel in the first of a two-part interview from 1996, Friday night at 10:00 PM.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Noel Morris
The B minor Mass was written over a 35-year span, and never performed as a complete and distinct work during Bach’s lifetime. The original was preserved by the composer’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who made some editorial changes and had the work copied. In spite of intense curiosity from the likes of Haydn
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Noel Morris
Hear Susan Tang in a recital given during the 2012-2013 Jewel Box Concerts at Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Tang studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and currently teaches at NEIU. There will be four recitals offered for on-demand listening from NEIU’s 2012-2013 season.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Noel Morris
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of music’s most loved, most influential, and most polarizing composers. With his music dramas, Richard Wagner boldly abandons convention; he pursues a vision that reaches beyond 19th century concepts of structure, harmony, orchestration (even inventing new instruments); beyond social mores—beyond anything that more…