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Archive for November, 2013

Chanukah Special

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Today Chanukah is one of the most beloved holidays, observed by Jewish communities throughout the world. Sample the rich, international traditions of music and the spoken word, including a reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel

Thankful for Music?

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Did you know that every Thanksgiving, WFMT management provides a turkey dinner for the people who keep us on the air? Most holidays involve some combination of music and food. Of all of them, Thanksgiving is less specific to music, but we’re betting most people listen anyway

Festival of Lights on WFMT

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For over two thousand years, Jews have remained a people of faith, carrying across the globe a rich, distinct, and ancient heritage. Starting Wednesday just after sundown, WFMT brings you Eight Nights of Chanukah

LP Duo at UIC Today

LP Duo, Sonja Loncar and Andrija Pavlovic

Double album? Lincoln Park? Or how about Linkin Park? No, if you haven’t otherwise heard of the LP Duo, they’ve become a force on the new music scene in Eastern Europe, and are beginning to be a presence in North America. Sonja Loncar and Andrija Pavlovic completed their studies at the Faculty of Music in more…

Exploring Music: Camille Saint-Saens

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Weekdays at 7:00 PM   Camille Saint-Saens has enchanted generations of young people with his Carnival of the Animals. In the English-speaking world, the magic was magnified by a charming set of rhymes by American poet Ogden Nash. Carnival turns up in Disney’s Fantasia 2000; Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony became the soundtrack to the 1995 children’s more…

WFMT Flashback: Announcing an Assassination

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As people around the world remember where they were, what they were doing the moment they heard the news of Kennedy’s assassination, one Englishman, our WFMT colleague Jon Tolansky offered this: Last year, Jon had produced a WFMT documentary on the Austrian-American conductor Erich Leinsdorf. As it happens, Maestro Leinsdorf was on the podium when more…

Jane Glover Remembers Britten

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Benjamin Britten wrote an enormous amount of music for children; and wrote beautifully for children’s voices. Imagine Music of the Baroque’s Jane Glover as a teen, having already exhibited to her parents an uncommon enthusiasm for music, being in the right place at the right time to meet her hero: Jane Glover on Benjamin Britten more…

Lamentations for JFK

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Marking a somber occasion like the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is challenging. Unlike a WW II anniversary: scented by anthems, cloaked in victory, and animated by veterans and hope for better days; this anniversary evokes emptiness. Death anniversaries always bring a flood of memories and regrets. For the living, it’s a more…

Benjamin Britten, Hear the Documentary

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, WFMT commissioned a documentary on his life and music by one who played for the composer, producer Jon Tolansky. The two-hour program offers commentary by musicians for whom Britten’s music was written, and by those who perform his works today

No Abridged Verdi

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When Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its production of La traviata on Wednesday evening, there will be music that has never been heard in that opera house before. In its thirteen previous runs at Lyric Opera, starting with the inaugural season in 1954, La traviata has always been staged with cuts to the score. There’s been a resurgence of interest