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Archive for January 20, 2014

Exploring Beethoven at Parnassum

Stieler, Joseph Karl: Beethoven mit der Missa solemnis Ölgemälde, 1819

[Exploring Music, weeknights at 7:00 PM] By mid-life, Beethoven had assured his place among the ranks of music’s most pivotal figures, but what he produced in his final years (from around 1817 to his death in 1827), the 9th Symphony, the Missa Solemnis, the last quartets, shattered conventions of harmony, scope—even basic notions of how music could function

Impromptu: Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman

Anna Deavere Smith

At one o’clock today, WFMT presents an Impromptu with a remarkable performer who, in addition to keeping a full schedule as a film and television actress (Philadelphia, The West Wing) has devoted her life to advancing social change through art, Anna Deavere Smith. Ms. Smith will discuss “On Grace,” onstage at

Remembering Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

Claudio Abbado, photo from the Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

[Hear Abbado recordings all day, plus the Mozart Requiem on Monday at 2:00 PM] A conductor loved by audiences and musicians alike, Claudio Abbado has died at the age of 80. Chicagoans knew him for his phenomenal musicianship, appearing frequently with the CSO in the 1980s. A native of Milan, he went on to head his hometown’s most prestigious institution, La Scala

Reflections on a Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr.

[Hear spirituals between 4-7:00 PM] WFMT celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with some of the rich music that filled his life as pastor, the spiritual—songs of faith and hope created by Africans living in bondage in the American south.

At one o’clock today, WFMT presents an Impromptu with Anna Deavere Smith and cellist Joshua Roman