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Archive for December 6, 2013

The Met is Back!

Matthew Polenzani (center) as The Duke in Verdi's "Rigoletto"
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

[Saturday at 11:30 AM] The 2013-2014 season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera gets underway this weekend with a revival of the Vegas-style Rigoletto. Of course, in radio it’s more about the music than the neon staging, but this production glows just as brightly with a couple of Chicago favorites: Ryan Opera Center alum and Evanston native Matthew Polenzani, who sings the Duke, and Dmitri Hvorovstovsky

Remembering Nelson Mandela

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[Saturday morning with Candice Agree] Nelson Mandela was a passionate classical music lover. As a tribute to this exemplar of humility, perseverance, and forgiveness, throughout the morning we’ll hear works from Handel and Tchaikovsky

Composers Love Toys

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Before Chucky, Woody or Buzz, the idea of animating toys captured the imaginations of a number of composers. Victor Herbert wrote the operetta Babes in Toyland, Respighi compiled some Rossini more…

New Perspective: WFMT Names David Polk Program Director

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Introductions host and producer David Polk is moving up in the world. You’ve probably heard his voice during membership campaigns as well as a number of special features on WFMT. more…