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Archive for February 7, 2014

Ennio Morricone: The Good, the Bad, and the Film Legend

Composer Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone Makes Rare Visit to Chicago–American teenagers use his music for ring tones. He created some of the most memorable moments in all of film; Ennio Morricone is a classic–except he’s way more hip than that.

Born in 1928, Morricone’s film career took off in the 1960s scoring Spaghetti Westerns (Italians prefer ‘western all’italiana’); films shot largely in Spain with a multilingual

The Beatles and Classical Music

The Beatles at Kennedy Airport, February 7, 1964

There is a growing majority of classical musicians working today who have never known a world without the fab four from Liverpool (for those who do, we’re not naming names—ehem!). To honor The Beatles, and perhaps just to feel those songs under their own fingers, a number of classical musicians over the years have done

Opera and the Chicago-New York Connection

Renee Fleming, photo by Andrew Eccles

[Hear the interview] Renée Fleming was already cast as the Metropolitan Opera’s Rusalka when she sat before a roomful of Chicago press to unveil Ana María Martínez in the same role in Lyric Opera’s 2014 production (opening February 22). Such is the business of opera. Ms. Fleming has been on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s letterhead, as creative consultant, since 2010. It is exactly that citizen of the world positioning that makes Ms. Fleming so valuable to Lyric (not to mention her voice

Pete Seeger Tribute

Pete Seeger in 2007, photo by Anthony Pepitone

Folk music has been integral to WFMT’s identity since its earliest days when Norm Pellegrini said, “Make it so.” Famed Hollywood director Mike Nichols was the host (movies came later); and he partnered with Old Town School founder Win Stracke and Fleming Brown to bring to the airwaves Chicago’s highly charged folk and theater scene—it was indeed a counterculture to McCarthy era hysteria. The sympathy

PianoForte Salon Series Live

George Vatchnadze

George Vatchnadze has made his rounds on WFMT, appearing on various live broadcasts including Ravinia and Impromptu. He will soon be even more present as a performer and as an educator; he is the newly appointed chair of the piano department at DePaul University; his tenure begins in the fall. Friday’s broadcast from PianoForte Studios more…