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Archive for January 15, 2014

Banned by the National Socialists

Franz Schreker in 1912

San Francisco Symphony, Wednesday at 8:00 PM   Die Gezeichneten—how ironic. The opera called The Branded or The Stigmatized written in 1915 was wildly popular from its 1918 Frankfort premiere on; that is until the 1933 ban on Jewish art. Today its composer, Franz Schreker, is starting to see a revival with the 2005 Salzburg more…

Suzanne Nance: Rediscovering an Art Form

A Tale from the Decameron by John William Waterhouse

Listen to this week’s arts feature on storytelling in Chicago. It is one of the oldest art forms known to man, and continues to thrive; spinning the yarn is featured in WFMT’s expanded arts coverage; for the scoop, Suzanne Nance went a-gathering at a local storytelling event.

Cello Perspectives: Wendy Warner

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To celebrate cello month on WFMT, Wendy Warner talks about being a gifted youngster in a musically rich city like Chicago. Though her career takes her to concert halls around the world, she still calls Chicago home.

Backstage Exclusive: Lyric’s Butterfly, Patricia Racette

Patricia Racette as Madama Butterfly

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Madama Butterfly opens (again) on Saturday night starring Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco. Listen to an exclusive interview with Ms. Racette who laughs about the challenges of live performance.