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Live and Kickin’ on WFMT

WFMT Audio Engineer Mary Mazurek

WFMT Audio Engineer Mary Mazurek

Monday during the noon hour, WFMT explodes out of the post-holiday fog with a dynamic series of live and local broadcasts: First Mondays with Chicago Chamber Musicians (12:15 PM), followed by a recital by members of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center (6:00 PM), and Live from WFMT with mezzo soprano Julia Bentley and friends (8:00 PM).


December 2, 2013

12:15 PM

First Monday Concerts

Chicago Chamber Musicians, live from Preston Bradley Hall

Britten Nocturnal after John Dowland
Primera Cronica del Descubrimiento
Leisner Extremes

Denis Azabagic

Denis Azabagic

Denis Azabagic, guitar, Eugenia Moliner, flute
Larry Combs, clarinet

Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra has a nice series of YouTube videos for the musically curious. You can hear performances of his chamber works while watching the score. Alas, Primera Cronica del Descubrimento, to be played live on CCM’s First Monday broadcast is not available on YouTube. But don’t let that stop you from exploring this resource provided by one of our more popular composers.

These concerts from the Chicago Cultural Center are open and free to the public.



J'nai Bridges, Ryan Opera Center

J’nai Bridges, Ryan Opera Center

December 2, 2013

6:00 PM

Ryan Opera Center


From the opening Carol of the Bells to the closing White Christmas, the artists of Ryan Opera Center celebrate the holidays in song. You’ll hear an aria from J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, sacred songs by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, and the well-known holiday pieces Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon and O Holy Night by Adolf Adam. The spiritual Sweet Little Jesus Boy gets a special treatment by mezzo–soprano J’nai Bridges, and more. Our performers are sopranos Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin and Laura Wilde; mezzo-sopranos J’nai Bridges and Julie Anne Miller; tenors Adam Bonnani and John Irvin; baritones Anthony Clark Evans and Will Liverman; and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba. Pianists are Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek. The host is Colin Ure.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Craig Trompeter

Craig Trompeter

8:00 PM

Live from WFMT

A recital broadcast live from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio at WFMT, this weekly series presents a wide range of local, national, and international performers.

This week, WFMT welcomes back mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, oboe and English horn player Anne Bach, violinist Brandi Berry, viola da gamba player Craig Trompeter, harpsichordists Jason Moy and David Schrader, plus pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. Music includes Telemann’s Trauer-Musik eines kunsterfahrenen Kanarien-Vogels, A Scarlatti’s Excerpts from the cantata Dove alfin, Ran’s Amichai Songs, Bach’s Cantata arias and Berg’s Selected songs.

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