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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 piano pieces for La boutique fantasque, and even Debussy got in on the game with La Boîte à joujoux. Throughout December WFMT is featuring music 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. Now his presence will be integral to the off-microphone workings of the station, as program director. Get to know David as we the staff have more…