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Archive for March, 2014

Live Piano Recital Wednesday

EunAe Lee

Piano students at Juilliard School know all about EunAe Lee. The Korean-born EunAe entered the pre-college program at the prestigious New York City music school in 2004, received her bachelor of music degree in 2009, her masters degree soon thereafter, and won the Mozart Concerto Competition at Juilliard

A Bohemian Onstage and Off

Giuseppe di Stefano

When the romantic di Stefano died, longtime Met general manager Rudolf Bing, who once fired the tenor, mused that di Stefano could have been as great as Enrico Caruso had he “demonstrated more restraint in his personal and professional conduct,” a reference to rakish behavior.

Di Stefano told Opera News in 1999 that he wanted to

The Devil and Theater

iphone

Let’s face it, with YouTube, Vine, Facebook, and a video camera in every pocket, a teenager’s life revolves around theatrics. It’s a maelstrom of innovation, so why not harness that energy for a chamber music program?

The Orion Ensemble returns to WFMT

WFMT exclusive: Riccardo Muti

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo  Muti

On Monday evening at 10:00 PM, WFMT presents a conversation with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti, who is in the midst of a two-week residency with the orchestra. See video of Riccardo Muti conducting Schubert’s 8th Symphony, the Unfinished

Follow Along with a Fantastic Symphony

Davis

In the very first year of Exploring Music, the production team set out to make five programs on the life and music of Hector Berlioz. Though many fine performances were available, Bill McGlaughlin insisted on using the Symphonie fantastique conducted by Sir Colin Davis

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

Friday: Bach to Basics

J.S.

A Bach birthday celebration: on Friday, March 21, WFMT presents an entire day of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer beloved by audiences, and especially by musicians. J.S. Bach was born on March 21, 1685. WFMT offers a daylong celebration, including a concert at 8:00 PM recorded in the church where Bach served as organist and choirmaster, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig

New York Philharmonic and Britten

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Just about every imaginable assemblage of musicians has commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten this past season. It says something about the composer; though he’s not programmed with the frequency of Brahms or Dvorak, musicians feel strongly