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Inna Faliks Returns to Live from WFMT

Pianist Inna Faliks

A WFMT favorite “comes home” to perform on Live from WFMT. The Ukrainian-born pianist, Inna Faliks, was brought to the U.S. at the age of 10 by her mother. She was a student of the late Emilio del Rosario

Mahalia Jackson and Studs Terkel

Mahalia Jackson, 1962

Little “Halie” Jackson was a singer for as long as she could remember, but some folks at church didn’t think so. In fact, they were troubled by the liberties she took with the good old hymns. When her mother died, the care of 5-year-old Halie and her brother, Peter, went to extended family. There were thirteen of them, living in a three-room home

Postcards from Russia – Farewell to Matt! – Part 11

Matt Honegger, Northwestern University, Class of 2014, with Maestro Gergiev in Moscow, Russia

When my fellow Northwestern University students, Keryn, Zack, and I (Bridget Rodino) arrived in Moscow, we were greeted by some familiar faces, which included Cydne, Matt, Professor Weil, and his wife, Vivian Weil. Alas, Matt Honegger’s trip was nearing its end. I had never been out of the United States, so Matt had a lot of great suggestions and advice.

Recitals On Demand from NEIU

NEIU Recital Hall

Nestled in a neighborhood bounded by Pulaski on the west, Kimball on the east, Devon on the north and Foster on the south, is Northeastern Illinois University. NEIU is a commuter university; and the students reflect this ethnically diverse area. Take a walk in the neighborhood and you’ll see devout Orthodox

Postcards from Russia-Moscow Maze – Part 10

A Main Street in Moscow, Boardering Red Square

We had a few hours before the concert to walk around Moscow and Red Square which was only a few blocks away from our hotel. As we began walking, we realized that many of the streets were closed for the holidays. The streets in Moscow are so wide, 8-10 lanes, that you have to go

Postcards from Russian – Khristos voskrese! – Part 9

Kazan Cathedral, Moscow

Khristos voskrese! This is the Orthodox Easter greeting (it means “Christ is Risen!”). We arrived in Moscow on Easter morning, after spending our first night on the Moscow Easter Festival Train. Just from our hotel window, we could count some thirteen churches dotting the city’s skyline – and the town reverberated with the sounds of

A Conversation with Angela Gheorghiu

Angela Gheorghiu

Wednesday at 9:00 PM, in an exclusive conversation recorded for the WFMT Radio Network, the acclaimed soprano Angela Gheorghiu discusses with Jon Tolansky her brand new CD

Don’t Just Listen to Tannhäuser

Tannhäuser in Venusberg by Wagrez

The iPad is popping up in unexpected places. One person was spotted reading Bach’s B Minor Mass in the box seats at Symphony Center—this while Riccardo Muti, four soloists and the CSO Chorus were singing their hearts out. Artists are starting to use the iPad on music stands

Postcards from Russia – An American Orthodox Celebration – Part 8

St. Tikhon's in South Canaan, PA

Пасха – Orthodox Easter As I, Zack Ellis, prepared to pack my bags to travel with the Mariinsky Orchestra, I learned a lesson about the serendipity of life. In a small hamlet 4,500 miles from Moscow, a monastery called St. Tikhon’s keeps Russian Orthodox traditions alive in Pennsylvania. On May 5, I had the pleasure

Postcards from Russia – The Mariinsky Train Experience – Part 7


Привет! I’m Bridget Rodino, a music student at Northwestern University, traveling on the Easter Festival Train with WFMT’s Cydne Gillard, and a group of people from Chicago. Being on the Mariinsky Orchestra’s Easter Festival Train is a special experience. We all have compartments next to one another, just two cars behind Maestro Gergiev himself. Two