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Archive for November, 2013

Lavish Parties, Sex, and Booze – What Could Go Wrong?

Marina Rebeka as Violetta; photo by Todd Rosenberg

Giuseppe Verdi writes so eloquently about being human, one can wallow in Lyric Opera’s La traviata, and go home feeling completely satisfied. It’s a great “first opera” for your friends. It’s also one of those tales that nags at your subconscious, and keeps you googling

Bill McGlaughlin on Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten at the piano

[Benjamin Britten: this week on Exploring Music, weeknights on WFMT] As celebrations of Britten at 100 continue, Bill McGlaughlin takes a moment to reflect on his many years of presenting works by this English enigma

Fareed Haque Live on WFMT, Tuesday at 1:00 PM

Fareed Haque, guitarist

He defies categorization. From his earliest memories Fareed Haque, has been a citizen of the world, with family spread between Pakistan and Chile, with extended stays in both countries as well as in Iran, Spain and France. At eighteen he won a prestigious scholarship for jazz guitar at North Texas State, and studied there for a year, when his heart took him to Chicago

Bridging the Gap for a Young Genius

Benjamin Britten

The student-teacher relationship between Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten is one of those touching, and inspirational tales. Frank Bridge didn’t have to smile on this curly-headed kid, but he sure did, and it proved to be be essential to the young composer’s development.

On Monday evening, Bill McGlaughlin’s 5-part exploration of the life and art of Benjamin Britten begins at 7:00 PM. Listen to Bill’s account

Redefining “Maestro”

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of Chicago Sinfonietta and guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony

Maestro comes from the Italian masculine word for master, a term of respect for a teacher or master of an art. For a couple hundred years it’s applied to conductors without a hiccup because they’ve all been male. Maestros have long carried with them the stereotype of being European, aloof

Salsa Baroque Live, Friday at 7:30 PM

Ensemble Caprice

Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Scarlatti…that’s about it for baroque music, right?

Not at all. Much of that old world music boarded Spanish galleons bound for the new world, but it met with musicians from Africa, and native America. The result defies description, but if salsa music makes you think of dancing, so does this

Why Does This Work?

Floor Manager Migeul Fernandez

WFMT just wrapped up one of the most successful pledge drives in its history. There is much to be happy about because everyone agrees this drive was one of the easiest its ever done: there were no real slow spots, the drive was on schedule from start to finish

Thunderous, Ironic, Packed with Fireworks

Dmitri Shostakovich

Days before Kirill Gerstein and Semyon Bychkov landed in Chicago, they had given concerts together with the New York Philharmonic. Those October concerts are next on The New York Philharmonic This Week. The two teamed up for Rachmaninoff’s powerhouse Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Bill McGlaughlin’s Inbox

Bill McGlaughlin

Producer Jesse McQuarters estimates we’ve made around 870 episodes of Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. That’s 870 instances in which Bill utters the words, “Drop us a line.”

Bill means what he says. He reads every one of those emails—and they are numerous.

Hess Brings in a Terrific New Trio, Thursday at 10:00 PM

Horszowski Trio, photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

They’re recorded live, and they’re broadcast live (usually). The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are a fixture on WFMT, Wednesdays at 12:15 PM—except during our membership campaigns; it’s a tough sell to ask volunteers to sit around while the station cuts away for a forty-five minute concert. On the other hand, it’s fun