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Archive for March 31, 2014

New Release: La valse with Sean Chen

Sean Chen with WFMT's Candice Agree

Over the last year, WFMT has been getting to know a young pianist by the name of Sean Chen. Chen won the bronze medal at the Van Cliburn Competition and the top prize at a competition sponsored by the American Pianists Association. The finals

Black Music in America

B.B. King, 1971

[Exploring Music] The influence is distinctive and irresistible. When African people began to interact with European people, new kinds of music emerged; a rich and endlessly creative stream of classical music, folk song, religious music; jazz, blues, and forms that continue to develop to the present day

What Do Otto Klemperer and Burt Bacharach Have in Common?

Founder and conducting legend Otto Klemperer and graduate Burt Bacharach

150 years after the gold rush, “going to California” still captivates the American psyche. Where else could people like Otto Klemperer, Darius Milhaud, and Lotte Lehmann open a free music school?

Today Marylin Horne runs the vocal department; Carol Burnett teaches cabaret. Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West draws