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Oscars Week: Movie Music on WFMT


The score to a film makes a lasting impression, often lingering in the mind long after the plot begins to fade. How well people remember the music to Dr. Zhivago, The Bridge Over the River Kwai or Psycho. Q. What is your all-time favorite film score?

Music and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hymns & Hip Hop Conference ’14, “Bridging the Gap Between the Holy and Hip Hop”—that’s what’s brewing at Ebenezer Baptist Church today. Music is as central to that parish as God; it is fundamental to prayer, to the expression of faith and worship, community and hope.. Martin Luther King, Sr. became the pastor at Ebenezer

Web Exclusive: The Flowering of an Opera Career

mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges

If you pay attention, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center can allow for a rewarding experience. One can say, “I remember when…” about some of the top names in the business, including Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani

Going for Gold

c. Jasmin Shah

The training starts when they’re quite young. It involves years of after-school practice, Saturday practice, Summer camp, lots of drilling and being shuttled around the city to go head-to-head with other schools. When the stakes are high, the kids know it comes down to either being on their game

Baroque&Before Features Lute and Gamba

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Baroque&Before, Thursday at 10:00 PM   They are two of the most popular destinations in France. The first of these, the splendorous chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle was part of the more…

Rouse and Philharmonic Have a Thing

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse

The quill has barely left the parchment since Christopher Rouse became composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic in 2010. In addition to writing pieces for the St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies, Rouse will have given the Philharmonic three new pieces

Impromptu with Philippe Jaroussky

Philippe Jaroussky

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is on tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, performing music by Nicola Porpora. His CD of Porpora’s works is WFMT’s New Release of the Week. Jaroussky and orchestra will be performing in Mandel Hall at the U of C on Friday evening at 7:30 PM.

In this Impromptu, Philippe Jaroussky performs with pianist Craig Terry

The Spring Thaw? Ravinia Announces 2014 Festival


The programs are set; the wall calendars are ready for shipping. Fans will find this year’s Ravinia Festival promises something for everyone, and even some ticket incentives for the classically curious: $10 concerts for select events. In keeping with recent seasons, music director James Conlon will reassert his close connection to opera with three landmark works

Cedille Chicago Celebrates Black History Month on WFMT

Chicago Sinfonietta

Over its 25-year history Cedille records has kept to some basic principles: 1. record Chicago’s musicians 2. record repertoire that deserves a wider audience.

One shining example of these founding principles is Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton

Web Exclusive: An Uncomfortable Chapter in Music

countertenor Philippe Jaroussky

[Hear countertenor Philippe Jaroussky live, Thus. at 12:00 PM] You can’t exactly order the sheet music on Amazon. For the last 250 years, this music has existed in manuscript only, deep in the archives of the British Library. Its all-but-forgotten past puts at least half the population ill at ease; it was written for a legendary castrato