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Chicago Month on WFMT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Fog–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Sowerby: Prairie: A Poem for Orchestra (1929)–Czech National Symphony/Paul Freeman

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

 

Carl Sandburg Reads His Poetry

Weekdays at 9:00 AM

Called “Charlie” as a youngster, Carl Sandburg was born to Swedish immigrants in Galesburg, IL on January 6, 1878. His father worked in the blacksmith’s shop for the railroad. In 1897, Charlie began riding the rails, living a hobo’s life and picking up folk songs along the way. He volunteered for service in the Spanish-American War, and then entered Lombard College. His Chicago Poems were published in 1916. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and second in 1951.

1:00 PM
Peaslee: Chicago Concerto (1967)–Gary Smulyan, sx; Manhattan School of Music Jazz Ensemble/William Russo
R González: Tango Chicago–Tango Combo/Rubén D’Artagnan González, v

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

10:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Child–Carl Sandburg, narrator

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

10:00 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

11:00 AM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

4:30 PM
Arias and Songs with Larry Johnson
This first-anniversary program will include recordings based on listeners’ comments during the past year.

 

Anna Clyne calls Chicago "home" and is Composer-in-Residence to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Anna Clyne emigrated to Chicago from the U.K., and is Composer-in-Residence to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

9:55 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

1:00 PM on Sunday, August 4
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Schubert: Entr’acte #3 fr Rosamunde
Clyne: Night Ferry (commissioned by Riccardo Muti and the CSO)
Schubert: Symphony #9
Falla: Three-Cornered Hat
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole.

4:00 PM
Music from Roosevelt University hosted by Henry Fogel

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 5

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Broken-face Gargoyles–Carl Sandburg, narrator

10:00 AM
Montsalvatge: Poema concertante–Rachel Barton Pine, v; NDR Radio Philharmonic/Celso Antunes

12:15 PM
Chicago Chamber Musicians First Monday: Live from the Cultural Center

6:00 PM
Ryan Opera Center Recital Series
A re-broadcast of the group’s recital on the theme of Chicago.

Ryan Opera Center after a production of Cosi fan tutte

Ryan Opera Center after a production of Cosí fan tutte

6:00 PM on August 5

The Ryan Opera Center is a young artist development program run by Lyric Opera of Chicago; alumni include Elizabeth Futral, Matthew Polenzani, Susanna Phillips, Amber Wagner, Erin Wall, and Nicole Cabell. The “Chicago” program features fellows from the 2012-2013 season. Broadcast recitals of the 2013-2014 class begin in October.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Bright Conversation with Saint-Ex–Carl Sandburg, narrator

5:45 PM
Rush Hour Concerts–Live from St James Cathedral
Songs by Schubert with soprano Maire O’Brien, clarinetist Larry Combs, and pianists Kuang-Hao Huang and Mark Riggleman

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

9:00 AM
Sandburg: On a Flimmering Floom You Shall Ride–Carl Sandburg, narrator

Grand Staircase and Preston Bradley Hall

Grand Staircase and Preston Bradley Hall

 

12:15 PM
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Pianist Pieter Grobler live from the Chicago Cultural Center.

12:15 PM on Wednesdays
Live broadcast

The free, weekly Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts take place year-round beneath a domed ceiling created by Louis Comfort Tiffany for what was then the Chicago Public Library (1897).

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Pritzker Pavilion, home of free Grant Park Orchestra concerts

Pritzker Pavilion, home of free Grant Park Orchestra concerts

6:30 PM
Grant Park Music Festival 2013–Live from Pritzker Pavilion
The Grant Park Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar; James Carter, saxophone
Ginastera: Pampeana #3. Sierra: Saxophone Concerto. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #7

11:00 PM
(later than usual) Cedille Chicago Presents–Chicago composers of the recent past

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Little Candle–Carl Sandburg, narrator

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5—Donald Peck, f; Samuel Magad, v; Ravinia Festival Soloists/James Levine, hc

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

9:00 AM
Sandburg: We Have Gone Through Great Rooms Together–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Blackwood: A King James Magnificat–William Ferris Chorale/Paul French
Casella: Piano Sonatina, Op 28–Easley Blackwood, p

11:00 AM
Kernis: Too Hot Toccata–Grant Park Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar

1:00 PM
Montaine: Piano Concerto #4, Op 59 (1989)–Ramon Salvatore, p; Slovak Radio Symphony/Paul Freeman

8:00 PM
Music in Chicago
Music of the Baroque in concert in February 2012, taking A Baroque Journey
Telemann: Flute & Recorder Concerto. Vivaldi: Four-Violin & Cello Concerto. Rameau: Dardanus Suite. Plus Purcell & Corelli

 

Nicholas Kraemer

Nicholas Kraemer

Music of the Baroque focuses on 18th century repertoire, and is one of Chicago’s premiere Classical ensembles. This particular program features Baroque specialist Nicholas Kraemer leading the ensemble in a range of instrumental works, though MOB also has a reputation for presenting the great choral repertoire, which often falls outside the core repertoire of today’s symphony orchestra. Jane Glover Music Director.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

10:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

11:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

2:30 PM
Britten: Phantasy Quartet, Op 2–Alex Klein, ob; Vermeer Quartet

 

Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

9:55 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

1:00 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts: Riccardo Muti, conductor
Vivaldi: String Concerto in A. Mozart: Symphony #38, Prague. Beethoven: Symphony #4; Consecration of the House Overture. Schumann: Symphony #3, Rhenish.

4:00 PM
Music from Roosevelt University hosted by Henry Fogel

6:00 PM
Tchaikovsky Symphony #5 in e, Op 64–Chicago Symphony/Claudio Abbado

11:00 PM
Ryan Opera Center Recital Series
Rebroadcasting the recital on the theme of Chicago

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Baby Song of the Four Winds–Carl Sandburg, narrator

11:00 AM
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit–Conrad Tao, p

1:00 PM
Sowerby: Cantata, Forsaken of Man (1939)–William Ferris Chorale/William Ferris; Thomas Weisflog, o

Ravinia's Martin Theatre

Ravinia’s Martin Theatre

8:00 PM
Ravinia Festival 2013—Live from Bennett Gordon Hall
Vocal artists from the Steans Institute perform newly-commissioned works by Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ramsey Lewis, David Ludwig, Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra, and Augusta Read Thomas to honor Steans’ 25th anniversary. Dennis Moore hosts.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Far Rockaway Night Till Morning–Carl Sandburg, narrator

1:00 PM
Weber: Clarinet Concerto #1 in f, Op 73–Benny Goodman, cl; Chicago Symphony/Jean Martinon
Smetana: Má Vlast (My Fatherland): From Bohemia’s Meadows and Forests–Chicago Symphony/Rafael Kubelik

2:00 PM
Benjamin: Overture to an Italian Comedy–Chicago Symphony/Frederick Stock
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B-Flat, Op 83–Emil Gilels, p; Chicago Symphony/Fritz Reiner

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

J Strauss Jr: Ägyptischer Marsch (Egyptian March), Op 335–Chicago Symphony/Daniel Barenboim
Franck: Symphonic Poem, Rédemption–Chicago Symphony/Desiré Defauw
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod–Chicago Symphony/Artur Rodzinski

5:45 PM
Rush Hour Concerts live from St James Cathedral
Violist Anthony Devroye and pianist Daniel Schlosberg perform works by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge

 

Carlos Kalmar has been principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival since 2000.

Carlos Kalmar has been principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival since 2000.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

9:00 AM
Sandburg: How Much?–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Chajes: Israeli Melodies–Chicago String Ensemble/Alan Heatherington
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op 80–Chicago Symphony/Sir Georg Solti

12:15 PM
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Pianist Karen Hakobyan live from the Cultural Center

6:30 PM
Grant Park Music Festival 2013–Live from Pritzker Pavilion
The Grant Park Orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar; Valentina Lisitsa, piano–Shchedrin: Naughty Limericks. Borodin: Symphony #2. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in c

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Wind Song–Carl Sandburg, narrator

1:00 PM
Schuller: Romantic Sonata (1941)–Larry Combs, cl; Gail Williams, fh; Mary Ann Covert, p
Mozart: Horn Concerto #3 in E-Flat, K 447–Dale Clevenger, fh; Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

2:00 PM
Bach: Flute Sonata in b, BWV 1030–Ray Still, ob; Thomas Still, hc
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat, H VIIe:1–Adolph Herseth, tr; Chicago Symphony/Claudio Abbado

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations in f, Op 102–Alex Klein, ob; Czech National Symphony/Paul Freeman

Maestro Paul Freeman

Maestro Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman founded Chicago Sinfonietta in 1987 with a mandate to reflect the diversity of the community he serves. While classical music is the core of Chicago Sinfonietta, the diversity of its board, the musicians, the performance venues and composers has contributed to a new kind of classical community. Though Mo. Freeman retired in 2011, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to expand its reach under Music Director Mei-Ann Chen; this year they received a $300,000 grant for their Project Inclusion program, a mentorship program for young, minority, classical musicians. Over the course of his career, Paul Freeman conducted over 100 orchestras around the world.

Vaughan Williams: Bass Tuba Concerto in f–Arnold Jacobs, tuba; Chicago Symphony/Barenboim
Walton: Crown Imperial Coronation March–Chicago Symphony Brass/Jay Friedman

10:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

11:00 PM
Sandburg: The Windy City–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Dédé: Chicago–Mary Scott Spry, p
Russo: Chicago Suite #1–Chicago Jazz Ensemble/William Russo

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

untitled sculpture by Pablo Picasso at Daley Plaza in Chicago

untitled sculpture by Pablo Picasso at Daley Plaza in Chicago

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Flash Crimson–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Brahms: String Quartet #1 in c, Op 51/1–Chicago String Quartet

1:00 PM
Tchaikovsky: Coronation March for Alexander III–Chicago Chamber Brass. Pro Arte

2:00 pM
Bruckner: Os Justi–Chicago Chorale/Bruce Tammen. Chicago Chorale
Bruckner: Symphony #0 in d, Die Nullte–Chicago Sym/Sir Georg Solti

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Widor: Organ Symphony #5 in F, Op 42/1: Finale, Toccata–Chicago Brass Quintet; Paul Van der Weele, o

10:00 PM
Best of Studs Terkel
In 1967, Studs celebrated the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture on Daley Plaza. Studs Terkel chronicled Chicago’s cultural experience for 45 years on his daily radio show on WFMT, from 1952 to 1997.

 

CYSO at Orchestra Hall

CYSO at Orchestra Hall

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

10:00 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

11:00 AM
Introductions: presents the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in concert at Orchestra Hall in a program inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

CYSO has served young musicians, ages 7-18, since 1946. Through its five orchestras, the CYSO provides instruction to nearly 450 students per year. An additional 2,500 Chicago Public School students are reached through the CYSO Music Pathways program.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

9:55 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

1:00 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts: Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor; Marina Heredia, flamenco vocals–Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin. Debussy: La Boîte à Joujoux. Ravel: Pavane for A Dead Princess. Falla: El Amor Brujo.

4:00 PM
Music from Roosevelt University hosted by Henry Fogel

 

Mei-Ann Chen is Music Director of Chicago Sinfonietta

Mei-Ann Chen is Music Director of Chicago Sinfonietta

MONDAY, AUGUST 19

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Losers–Carl Sandburg, narrator

12:00 PM
Bernstein: West Side Story, Concerto for string quartet and orchestra–Harlem Quartet; Chicago Sinfonietta/Mei-Ann Chen

2:00 PM
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Coronation Scene–Soloists, CSO & Chorus/Claudio Abbado
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande: Preludes and Interludes–Chicago Symphony/Erich Leinsdorf

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Soler: Keyboard Sonata #24 in d–David Schrader, hc
Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in d, Kk 52 (L 267)–David Schrader, fortepiano
Franck: Prelude, Fugue & Variation–David Schrader, o (Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, MN)

11:00 PM
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto #1 in D, Op 19–Shlomo Mintz, v; Chicago Symphony/Claudio Abbado
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op 35–Jascha Heifetz, v; Chicago Symphony/Fritz Reiner

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

9:00 AM
Sandburg: A Couple–Carl Sandburg, narrator

2:00 PM
Sampson: Chicago Moves–Gaudete Brass

5:45 PM
Rush Hour Concerts–Live from St James Cathedral
Third Coast Percussion in music by Reich, Pärt, and Owen Clay Condon

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Omaha–Carl Sandburg, narrator

12:15 PM
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Duo-pianists Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su live from the Cultural Center

2:00 PM
Harris: Shakespeare Songs: Four excerpts–Chicago A Cappella

10:00 pM
Cedille Chicago Presents: Chicago composers of the present, part 2

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

9:00AM
Sandburg: Seawash–Carl Sandburg, narrator

12:00 PM
Schumann: Violin Sonata in a, Op Posth–Jennifer Koh, v; Reiko Uchida, p

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Bloch: Concerto grosso #1–David Schrader, p; Chicago String Ensemble/Alan Heatherington

10:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Throughout today, at various times, we’ll be talking with Chicago performing groups and showcasing their performances.

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

8:00 PM
Music in Chicago: The Elgin Symphony in Concert in May 2013–Andrew Grams, conductor; Isabella Lippi, violin–Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moskva River fr Khovanshchina. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending. Shostakovich: Symphony #10. Andrew Grams has been named the new music director of the Elgin Symphony.

10:00 PM
Best of Studs Terkel
“This Is Our Story” (Chicago) from 1959

 

Andrew Grams

Andrew Grams

The Elgin Symphony recently announced the appointment of rising star, Andrew Grams, as Music Director. Grams served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, and has conducted major orchestras across the U.S., including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He was also a member of the violin section of the New York City Ballet orchestra at Lincoln Center. He studied violin at Juilliard and conducting at the Curtis Institute.

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

10:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

11:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

 

Christopher Martin is principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin is principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

9:55 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

1:00 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts: Kirill Petrenko, conductor; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Christopher Martin, trumpet–Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moskva River fr Khovanshchina. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto #1. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #3.

4:00 PM
Music from Roosevelt University hosted by Henry Fogel

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26

9:00 pM
Sandburg: Precious Moments–Carl Sandburg, narrator

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Explanations of Love–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Haydn: “She Never Told Her Love”–Patrice Michaels, s; David Schrader, fortepiano

10:00 AM
Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in g, Op 19–Wendy Warner, vc; Irina Nuzova, p

1:00 PM
Kurka: Serenade for Small Orchestra, Op 25–Grant Park Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar

Spektral Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago

Spektral Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago

5:45 PM
Rush Hour Concerts–live from St James Cathedral
The Spektral Quartet, violinist MingHuan Xu, and pianist Winston Choi perform Chausson’s Concert for violin, piano, and string quartet

11:00 PM
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches–Chicago Symphony/Sir Georg Solti
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra–Chicago Symphony/Fritz Reiner

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Mr Attila–Carl Sandburg, narrator

12:15 PM
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Pianist Vassily Primakov live from the Cultural Center

2:00 PM
Copland: Appalachian Spring–Grant Park Orch/Carlos Kalmar
Del Tredici: Final Alice: Acrostic Song–Grant Park Chorus/Christopher Bell.

3:00 PM
Fine Arts Calendar

Beethoven Piano Trio in D (Kinsky/Halm Anhang 3)–Beethoven Project Trio
Leclair Violin Sonata in G–Trio Settecento
Higdon: Piano Trio (2003)–Lincoln Trio

10:00 PM
Cedille Chicago Presents: Cello concertos by Haydn and Myslivecek

11:00 PM
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op 23–Lang Lang, p; Chicago Symphony/Daniel Barenboim.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

9:00 AM
Sandburg: Cornucopia–Carl Sandburg, narrator
Rivier: Grave et Presto–Chicago Saxophone Quartet

11:00 AM
Bach: Oboe Sonata in g, BWV 1030b–Ray Still, ob; Thomas Still, hc. Nimbus NI-5672. [18:27]

1:00 PM
Handel: Sound An Alarm–Chicago Brass Quintet
Brahms: Festive and Commemorative Music, Op 109–Millar Brass Ensemble/Bruce C Briney
Brahms: Viola Sonata #2 in E-Flat, Op 120/2–Roger Chase, vi; Michiko Otaki, p

10:00 PM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

9:00 AM
Sandburg: River Moon–Carl Sandburg, narrator

10:00 AM
Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, Op 17: Love Scene (Adagio)–Chicago Symphony/Carlo Maria Giulini

1:00 PM
Composer Exploration: John Alden Carpenter
Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator—Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Howard Hanson
Carpenter: Four Negro Songs: “Shake your brown feet, honey”–Lawrence Tibbett, br; Stewart Wille, p. “Looking Glass River”–Donald Gramm, b-br; Richard Cumming, p.”Gitenjali” (1914): #1, “When I Bring to You Colour’d Toys”–Carole Bogard, s; John Moriarty, p.

Carpenter: Sea-Drift–Royal Philharmonic/Karl Krueger
Carpenter: Violin Sonata–Eugene Gratovich, v; Regis Benoit, p
Carpenter: Symphony #1–Ukraine National Symphony/John McLaughlin Williams
Carpenter: Tango Américain–Ramon Salvatore, p

3:00 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

Carpenter: Skyscrapers–London Symphony/Kenneth Klein
Carpenter: Symphony #2–Ukraine National Sym/John McLaughlin Williams

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

10:00 AM
Fine Arts Calendar

11:00 AM
Introductions: Spotlighting the Chicago area’s young musicians

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