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Archive for March 21, 2014

A Hand-Clapping Celebration

Wynton Marsalis c.Luigi Beverelli

When Wynton Marsalis was a shy, gangling teenager, CBS records introduced him to British conductor Raymond Leppard; the label wanted a recording of Classical trumpet concertos; that recording would win the Grammy

Taking Time with Trios

Desiree Ruhstrat and Marta Aznavoorian

On Friday, March 21, as WFMT celebrates its “high holy day,” as Carl Grapentine calls it—Bach’s birthday—the Trio makes several appearances. Back when Bach was puttering around Germany, it was a popular way to play duets

Muti Sculpts a Symphony

Riccardo Muti c.Todd Rosenberg

In some arenas, pulling back the proverbial curtain is about as magical as Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz. When it comes to rehearsals with the Chicago Symphony and music director Riccardo Muti, this is not the case. First of all, one has to marvel at the preparedness