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Archive for May, 2013

David Fray in Impromptu Debut, Friday at 4:00 PM

Pianist David Fray

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…

Jazz Bassist and Composer Matt Ulery On-Demand

Bassist and Composer Matt Ulery

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…

Postcards from Russia – History of Russian Opera in Costumes [GALLERY]

Boris Godunov from the
Opera by Modest Mussorgsky

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.

Impressions about Stravinsky and Oliver Knussen

Igor Stravinsky

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…

David Fray is Coming to WFMT, LIVE

Pianist David Fray

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.”

Postcards from Russia – Bolero by Ravel, choreography by Maurice Béjart

Diana Vishneva of the Mariinsky Ballet in Maurice Béjart’s Bolero  at Mariinsky Theatre ll St.Petersburg. Photo credit: Valentin Baranovsky

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.

Roger Ebert on Best of Studs

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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.

Alan Gilbert on Bach’s Mass in B minor

J.S. Bach

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

Listen to NEIU Jewel Box Concerts On-Demand

Pianist Susan Tang

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.

All Wagner, All Day on Wednesday

Richard Wagner by Caesar Willich, ca. 1862

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…