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An Oscar-Winner, Bowling, and Popular Song


Live from WFMT (Monday at 8:00 PM) welcomes the International Chamber Artists who’ve pulled together the diverse and the diverting.

It’s the day after the Academy Award ceremony, and Oscar-winning composer Nino Rota (The Godfather II) headlines ICA’s program. Rota famously scored Fellini films, as well as Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. His name often crosses the lips, with great reverence, of Chicago maestro Riccardo Muti; Rota was the maestro’s teacher and mentor. Maestro Muti has brought some of Rota’s concert music to Chicago. The International Chamber Artists will play a concert piece (one not composed for film) as well: the Clarinet Trio from 1973.

How does bowling fit into this mix? Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio gets its name from a Viennese hall in which the game of skittles was played, sort of like a bowling alley. Mozart did claim he was playing skittles while writing a piece; in truth it was not THIS piece, but a clarinet duo from a week later. Somehow the title stuck to the trio for clarinet, cello and piano. Nevertheless, the notion of Mozart plunging into the nightlife while composing on paper or in his head is true enough to his spirit if not in this exact instance.

The ICA program continues with popular Mozart arias, composed into a set of twelve pieces for cello and bassoon by Gerald Finzi. Cellist Jocelyn Butler will also play some popular Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla.

The International Chamber Artists will be live in the studio for music and conversation with Kerry Frumkin on Monday from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM on WFMT.

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