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  • Ann

    Thanks, Lisa Flynn, for the Marin Marais I heard just now!

  • Mike

    Trying to listen to the archive broadcast of Midnight Special. After the first hour it shifts to the program from the week before and then shifts back to the current week for the last hour. Help.

  • Seabiscuit

    A common definition of the word “next” is: “coming after this one : coming after the one that just came, happened, etc.” I merely bring this up because WFMT, like all radio stations, misuses this word in the same way. For example, a radio host will say, “We will play a Chopin waltz next,” then go right into a commercial. Whatever they say is coming next is, in fact, not coming next. A commercial is coming next. It’s just something I noticed. One more thing. I do not see the need to ever use the word “penultimate,” especially since most people seem to think it means “ultimate.”
    By the way, turned on WFMT last night and caught the end of the “Goldberg Variations.” Wow!

  • Eimira

    Come on Suzanne Nance, learn the pianist’s name…it’s Dmitry Paperno, not “Papierno.” You mispronounced it twice!

  • Judy Storey Maritato

    LOVE the Hershey Felder program on Leonard Bernstein! Thanks for bringing this to us.

  • Eliot Franklin Gitelman

    The Holst suite is “A Mooreside Suite” and not “A Moorish Suite” as announced just now (7:20pm Monday, July 21.

  • Howard Goldfinger

    Funny mistake this Sunday morning – Jeanne Crain for Jean Arthur – as costar in “People Will Talk.”

    • Candice

      Dear Mr. Goldfinger,

      Thank you so much for writing in about yesterday’s film
      reference after playing the Brahms Academic Overture.

      The film to which I referred “People Will Talk” was released in
      1951. It starred Cary Grant as Dr. Praetorius, who falls in love with Debra, a
      student who finds out she is pregnant by her old boyfriend. The role of Debra
      is played by Jeanne Crain.

      I wonder if possibly you could be confusing this title with “The
      Talk of the Town,” a film released in 1942, starring Cary Grant as Leopold
      Dilg, framed for a factory fire, Ronald Colman as a lawyer nominated to the
      Supreme Court, and Jean Arthur as the woman they’re both in love with. One of
      my favorite films, by the way.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.



  • Carey Tyler Schug

    Absolutely LOVED today’s them on duels. Wish I had recorded it.

  • jen Foley

    re unfinished business – great show tonight. We miss you in Maine. Thank you for a wonderful Friday drive home repertoire.

  • Beth

    Where is With Heart and Voice this morning? It is my favorite program, and I am very disappointed that it is not on.

    • Linda

      I agree with Beth. It’s a wonderful start to my Sunday and my Church time later in the morning. I heard that it was technical difficulties today unfortunately.

  • elmer

    If you play the Wedding March or the Lone Ranger theme one more time, I will scream! Please stop!

  • Star

    What a wonderful station, so very wonderful!

  • Sylvio Flores

    I think Suzanne Nance’s hosting and commentary of the Milwaukee Symphony Concert tonight may be the single most annoying thing I’ve ever heard on WFMT. She sounds like she’s EmCeeing a kid’s show or doing a voice-over for a salad dressing commercial.

  • Ann Raven

    I would like to thank Peter van de Graff for the great job he has done on the Morning Show for the vacationing Carl Grapentine. Loved the selections and themes. Well done!

  • Dharma

    I was listening this evening – 8/11/14, 5:30ish or so- when the host recited a beautiful poem of a Lark, however, I only caught the middle and end of it. I was wondering if anyone knew the title of the poem? I would love to read it again. I absolutely loved it and was touched by it’s sentiment as a friend recently passed, and it brought me a bit of solace. Thank you to the host.

  • Marilyn Ferdinand

    On Sunday, I heard a wonderful piece called “Opera of the Stones.” I’d love to have a recording of it, but my Portuguese is nonexistent, and I can’t read the website. Do you know how I can get my hands on a CD of the opera? Many thanks!

  • Timothy

    Just wondering if the Javier Alvarez piece that aired around 6:20–6:35, “Hearts of Metal” is available on CD. Thanks!

  • Henry Tsai

    Shenyun Symphony Orchestra is coming to Chicago:

  • heidikins

    I love Candice Agree AND Suzanne Nance. You all are being very harsh!

  • heidikins

    But what I DO (respectfully) wonder is, who likes the old scratchy recordings? I can’t bear them!

  • nancy ryan

    Thanks To Ms Nance for the lovely L’isle Saint Louis section of the Milhaud. I lived there in 1961, on the top floor of a Bdg. , an attic apt where we could reacho ut and touch the chestnut leaves, watch the barges, see N. Dame and this music really captured my feelings then. My son was conceived there. A magical time.
    Brion Gysin’s “Dream Machine” sat on a table and fit right in! Nancy

  • jessiekitty

    Hello everyone!

    I listen to WFMT almost exclusively (with some voyages to NPR and traffic/ weather), and am
    grateful for the wonderful resource this is for this area and all over the world. Thank you for your hard work.

    It is great that there is some more early music…but it’s late at night. Could some more
    early music please be scattered in the morning and evening rush hours (or “un-rush hour”)? Ditto for chamber music and choral music. I know there are some reasons these get short shrift, largely to do with the hegemony of Common Practice period instrumental music and funding, but I think we could all be further enriched by more in these vast and splendid eras, genres, and ensembles. Besides, wasn’t a chamber music lover adding extra money to the pledge drive for other chamber music lovers? Let’s have more of it please, during rush hours and evenings.

    I must agree with some of the comments I’ve read here. It has been dismaying and frustrating for me that there seems to be more and more “lite” classical music and show music/movie music on WFMT, and that means less and less “art” music—which is the main reason I listen to WFMT. Please, oh please don’t keep
    nudging art music (or “classical” music, generically) out of the lineup. Keep giving us music that rewards close listening and that takes us to deeper places in the mind and soul. I miss the “Sunset Symphony” feature that George Preston included each evening. How about another such feature, but with chamber music instead? (Complete works, too! Baroque till now!) There are so many excellent string quartets, piano trios, solo sonatas, piano quintets, woodwind quintets, and more that you could easily fill years and years of evening chamber music features.

    Two quick pronunciation things: Niels Gade – Danish composer – last name is said like “gather”
    but with a light schwa for the second syllable. The old French/Burgundian dance written “bransle” is pronounced as the English word “brawl.” Not very nasal, and no “s” sound. Gotta love French orthography…

    Thanks for reading.

  • sociologact

    SN is the best classical programmer I know.

  • Charles Amenta

    Brava Patrice!

    I have an absolutely-true-in-every-detail, Cedille story from exactly this AM. I was in bed reading Joseph Horowitz’s “Classical Music in America” where he described the Copland Piano Sonata. I wanted to hear it right away and grabbed my ipod to see if it was on it. I found a Cedille recording of a Copland piano piece called Sonata in G major. It obviously was not the piece I wanted because Horowitz described a monumental slow final movement, but I thought I would give a listen. Enchanting student work but sounding more like Richard Strauss than true Copland. But what about the real sonata? Well it turns out that the Copland was the “B-side” of the Cedille recording of Ives’s “Concord” Sonata performed by Easley Blackwood–one of my favorites. (I guess I was usually too exhausted by the Ives to ever get to the Copland.) Anyway, it was an impressive piece and a fine performance. Thanks, Jim. Thanks Mr. Blackwood. Thanks Cedille.

    Chuck Amenta

  • Tulsa Listener

    I really DO NOT like Suzanne Nance, no matter how some people rave about her. She dumbs down the programming by playing show music and lite classics, and over-emotes. She sounds affected and fake-I call her “The Gusher.”

    Seems like we’re stuck with her, unfortunately. Can she at least pronounce the name of my hometown correctly? Barrington is pronounced BARE-ing-ton, not BARR-ing-ton. She can think of a taunt that I heard as a child from kids in other towns, “Barrington is bare,” if she needs help remember the correct pronunciation.

  • Kristen

    thanks for playing big M’s #40 in g. I think it’s one of the best and more heartfelt versions I’ve heard. It made my morning!

  • Janet Sheffer

    Suzanne, the Star Wars/Holst’s Mars back to back is fun! I’ve always thought that Darth Vader’s Theme and The March of the Montagues and the Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet could almost be played at the same time. That would make another good one.

  • Ray

    Good day from the great state of Michigan! I can’t thank you enough for having programs with variety and quality.
    Carl’s program on Labor Day was absolutely fabulous!! I tune in EVERY day as soon as I get to work. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! -A friend from Lapeer, Michigan-

  • Agnes

    I must object to the Ryan Center recital series. The singers are usually good as are the pianists, but the choice of music is abominable. We usually end up changing the station. Could you please occasionally favor us with a beautiful melody? Opera is full of them but they’re never featured on this program.

  • rob

    Hello Chicago!
    Currently in India working and enjoying your ‘crystal clear’ stream. Thank you.

  • Roger Dobrick

    Please give us advance notice if you plan to air John Cage’s “4’33″”, so we can adjust our volume controls appropriately.

  • William Edwards

    WOW Candace- – - I love Khatchaturian and never heard this piece. It’s quite solemn and not sure if this was more of a government-driven composition as we know how the govt. controlled the composers. My love is how he pulls from Armenian folk music. Dated, but very elegant ballet under his baton about 1965 from Gayane (and no, Sabre Dance is not my favorite from that ballet – - – LOL) Thanks for programming this Candace this morning – glad I got up early! :-)

    • Candice Agree

      So glad you liked it, William. The early bird catches the tunes! Best, Candice

  • Mrs. Doyle

    Thank you for the organ music right before 8 a.m. today. It completely changed my mood to one of deep gratitude.

  • An old organist

    For those of us unable to attend the Bach Organ Project concerts, will they be broadcast, or taped for later broadcasting? This sounds like such a wonderful project, and I would love to be able to learn from it.

  • Frances

    I am listening to Carolyn Watkinson right now, Tuesday night, WFMT. What a beautiful and true voice!

  • Sunny Stiklius

    Would you PLEASE play something sung by Roberto Alagna from that Berlin Gala disk? Thank you so very much!

  • ofra

    Where am I supposed to write this in order to participate in the “maybe win”?

  • Ann Weissman

    Re: Chopin

    I would like to know what Mr. Grabsky thinks of the musical biographies made by the late Ken Russell, i.e., “Elgar”, “The Debussy Film” and particularly, “Song of Summer” (Delius).

  • John nester

    What do you think of Rachmaninov ?
    Is he on your list of composers for a film?
    I too was inspired by the movie Amadeus

  • LORRa rudmans

    What is the sweetest revelation the CO host discovered while researching Chopin?

  • LORRa rudmans

    You are working on a film about the impressionists. Heck you are in Chicago, for Pete’s sake. Get yourself over to the art institute!!!☺️

  • Ro Lebedow

    What is the name of the magnificent piece being played right now? Please respond… is transcends all. Thanks for playing it. Ro Lebedow