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Archive for April, 2014

Dozens of Stars, One Teacher


Janet Sung, a former student of Dorothy Delay, gives a recital on Monday’s Live from WFMT. For people inside the music world, studying with Dorothy Delay means something.

Teacher to Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham, the gentle lady from Kansas guided one player after another toward an international career, all from her studio at the Juilliard School. It was a teaching career that lasted

The Met Presents Arabella


Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal struck gold when they put their musical and poetic heads together. The most famous, and most lucrative of their collaborative efforts was Der Rosenkavalier, which exploded into the opera world in 1911. Over a 19-year period, Strauss went back to von Hofmannsthal for libretti again and again. Arabella opened in 1933; alas the librettist died

Web Exclusive: Anne Akiko Meyers on the Mason Bates Concerto


Composer Mason Bates loves to tell a story—this time it’s prehistoric creatures emerging from the primordial ooze in the form of a violin concerto.

The genesis of the Concerto evolved over many years between two friends: the composer and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

Vermeer Quartet: A Bittersweet Reunion


The four members of the Vermeer Quartet decided to hang it up in 2007, but annually return for their Holy Week tradition of performing Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ.

Sadly, this year’s reunion is incomplete

Bach on The New York Philharmonic This Week

B Minor Mass, manuscript in Bach's hand

When someone mentions Bach’s Mass in B Minor, musicians tend to straighten or catch their breath; almost as if a great man has entered the room. There are so many puzzles that draw one deeper into the layers of this piece, without ever really giving up its secrets. The music is beautiful and humbling.

One wonders why he wrote it

Music in an Arty Oasis


The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival returns to the airwaves with variety and bravura, covering 300 years of repertoire from four different continents. The artists include some of the world’s most prestigious performers like Garrick Ohlsson, Daniel Hope, and Lawrence Foster. Top chamber music players like Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, and William Preucil make up the backbone

Leonard Slatkin at WFMT


It’s difficult to keep up with conductor Leonard Slatkin. He is currently music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Orchestre National de Lyon. He’s made 7 Grammy Award-winning recordings, with 64 nominations. With so much going on, how does one find time to talk about the distant past?

Anne Akiko Meyers with Lisa Flynn


Tuesday’s Guest Host broadcast with Anne Akiko Meyers delivers all things violin—Lisa Flynn chats with this international soloist who plays on two violins by Antonio Stradivari and a Guarneri del Gesu. Through the recordings they’re sharing, it’s clear all three instruments sound magnificent. What’s more subtle is the differences between the instruments; their distinct personalities, which is what makes a conversation

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