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Civitas Ensemble on Live from WFMT

Civitas Ensemble

One of the Chicago area’s top chamber groups comes to WFMT’s performance studio for some live music and conversation with Kerry Frumkin as the Monday night series Live from WFMT returns.

Most of the players of Civitas Ensemble are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including assistant concertmaster Yuan-Qing Yu. On Monday, Civitas Ensemble with Winston Choi

Bill McGlaughlin: A Walking Tour through St. Matthew Passion

Crucifixion by Salvador Dali

On Monday, April 14, Bill McGlaughlin begins a journey through a work that many have called miraculous, the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bill uses several different recordings to illuminate the work’s mysteries.

Listen to Bill describing the Lutheran upheaval that set the backdrop for Bach’s life as a church musician

Two for Tuesday: Guest Hosts Come to WFMT

Anne Akiko Meyers and Leonard Slatkin

It’s always special to have company, but doing it twice in one day makes it feel like a holiday. On Tuesday WFMT welcomes two distinguished American artists—coincidentally both are from southern California; both studied at Indiana; and both studied at Juilliard. Leonard Slatkin and Anne Akiko Meyers are in Chicago to perform

From the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

Interfaith Liturgical concert

Jerusalem—a city that always has been defined by two narratives: religious and political. Palestinians, Christians, and Jews, all religious to varying degrees, or not religious at all, comprise the city’s citizenry of some 800,000. While the peoples of these communities all live closely together in a geographical sense, each community lives a separate emotional life, either by choice or mandate or custom

Theo Bickel and The Passover Story

The Praying Jew, Rabbi of Vitebsk by Marc Chagall

Theodore Bickel was being modest when he said, “Professionally, I can count three or four separate existences.” He’s played Carnegie Hall as a folk singer, he created the role of Captain von Trapp in the Broadway premiere of The Sound of Music, and has played the role of Tevye more than 2,000 times in Fiddler on the Roof; he has a film career spanning 50 years