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Archive for July, 2013

Diva on Detour

Patricia Racette

Monday, July 22, at 8:00 PM Soprano Patricia Racette and pianist Craig Terry present DIVA ON DETOUR on WFMT’s next broadcast from the 2013 Ravinia Festival. Kerry Frumkin hosts the more…

Art and Music: Bloch

Tamarack miners, "copper country" in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Hear Bloch’s Five Sketches in Sepia on July 22 at 6:00 PM. About “color” in music: certain descriptive words may be used to express the effect of musical timbre or tone color such as: dark – brilliant; opaque – transparent; rich – mellow; fuzzy – clear; dull – sharp; complex – simple, et al. As a metaphor, musicians consider sound in the same manner that painters consider “color”

If You’ve Got the Goods…Domingo as a Baritone

Placido Domingo as the Doge Francesco Foscari

Being a great tenor might be a younger man’s work, but being a great artist takes on a character all its own. The remarkable career of Plácido Domingo just keeps ascending; the 71-year-old Spanish opera star fills his time as general director of the LA Opera, conducting all over the world; he also continues to add roles

Cloning 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

Art and Music: Picasso

A blue room, a tub

Hear the “Picasso Suite” by Canadian composer Harry Somers. There are 8 sections and a coda to this work which was written for a 1964 television documentary on Pablo Picasso. Their titles explain the inspiration: 1) “Paris circa 1900” 2) “Blue Period” 3) “Circus” 4) “Cubism” 5) “Neo-Classic” 6) “Etching-the Vollard Suite” 7) “Mural-Temple of Peace” 8) “Arcadia-Faun with Flute-Innocence.”

Shop Local, So to Speak

Christopher Bell conducts the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus Wednesday at 6:30

Wednesday evening WFMT presents a line-up of great local (sort-of) orchestras. First hear the Grant Park Orchestra live from the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Watch a video of Grant Park’s Project Inclusion. Wednesday’s concert features a Rodgers & Hammerstein extravaganza. Then, the nearby Milwaukee Symphony takes to the air at 9:00 PM, a special time due to the previous live event. This program presents another opportunity to hear a featured work in WFMT’s Art and Music Month, Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler. View artworks below to explore Hindemith’s inspiration: the painter, Matthias Grünewald.

Art and Music Month: Paulus

Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World"

Hear Paulus’ “Voices from the Gallery” at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 17. American composer Stephen Paulus (who was an on-air host in May on WFMT) composed this after 11 great works of art. In it, the art works “speak” to the listener through a narrator with texts by Joan Vail Thorne

Grant Park Orchestra: Reaching Beyond the Pritzker

Fellows of Project Inclusion playing chamber music at Berger Park in the Rogers Park neighborhood

The Grant Park Music Festival always draws a delightful mix of die-hard picnickers, the more formal concert-goers, and the passers-by who just happen upon a wonderful concert taking place and decide to stay. What more could a festival want? More of that, please (see video)

Art and Music Month: Debussy

"Cat" by Koryusai

Debussy, along with several other French composers of the time, was strongly influenced by Japanese art works. This is one such inspired work, although the second of the three works is set in Grenada, Spain and the third is of goldfish in Debussy’s pond in France.

Shostakovich and Michelangelo

"The School of Athens" by Raphael depicts Heraclitus (center left) laboring over some lines of verse; the figure of Heraclitus is said to be the likeness of Michelangelo

The man who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel saw himself as a sculptor—he is one of the greatest, though his frescoes are no less exceptional; the same could be said of the dome he designed for St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo Buonarroti possessed talents of such a singular nature, one wouldn’t try to pin him to a single medium. When Dmitri Shostakovich turned to Michelangelo, it wasn’t the frescoes or the sculptures or the architecture that fired his imagination, but the poetry