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Cloning Conlon?

Ravinia Music Director, James Conlon

Ravinia Music Director, James Conlon

Uh no, not exactly—but having WFMT in the middle of one of the world’s cultural capitals has its advantages. Now that Lyric Opera broadcasts go on hiatus, the Saturday opera broadcast switches over to the left coast, to the Los Angeles Opera. James Conlon conducts Verdi’s I due Foscari with Placido Domingo singing one of the title roles. Perhaps Maestro Conlon will have his own radio tuned to WFMT for that broadcast as he is in Chicago in the midst of his residency at the Ravinia Festival. The Maestro braved sweltering heat on Wednesday night to conduct Maxim Vengerov’s heroic performance of the Britten Violin Concerto. Conlon leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night in a concert of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms; he continues with a collection of preludes, overtures, and introductions on Sunday. His concerts with the CSO continue through August 4th.

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