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Archive for November 6, 2013

Great Expectations: Odyssey of a Curly-Headed Boy

Benjamin Britten, photo from the Library of Congress

There’s something almost Dickensonian about the childhood of Benjamin Britten. He had his heroes and his nemeses. Born in a seaside town, it was the magic of an orchestral suite about the sea that really set eleven-year-old Britten on fire. The piece was barely older than he was, but its power to conjure a storm on the North Sea bowled the boy over

Next Gen Comes Knocking

Amanda Goedde of CYSO

Here’s what we know about the next generation: Kids listen to “anything on the internet and their smartphones. They can access anything they want, whenever they want.” Conclusion? We’d best provide good things for them to find. Staff members from the Chicago Youth Orchestra came out in force to volunteer for the WFMT membership drive