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CSO, Rising Star Conductor Head to Western Suburbs (video)

Cristian Macelăru

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will have a change of venue this week. In three different programs, they’ll eschew the white tie and tails for some music and nature at the Morton Arboretum. According to conductor Cristian Macelaru, when the CSO asked if he’d be interested in doing two of the outdoor concerts

In Copland’s Hand: Appalachian Spring

Aaron Copland's original manuscript for "Ballet for Martha"

He didn’t give it a title – just, “Ballet for Martha.”

Martha was not satisfied. Choreographer Martha Graham thought the piece deserved a more poetic name. In fact it was in a poem, The Bridge by Hart Crane, that she ran across the words, “Appalachian Spring.” She suggested this as a title to composer Aaron Copland. He agreed

Ryan Opera Center Sings Puccini, Bizet (video)


Lyric Opera of Chicago dispatched two of its rising stars to join a worldwide chorus of music-lovers celebrating music on June 21.

June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year – and for the past 4 years, a day of music in Chicago. Locally the festival is known as Make Music Chicago, though the summer solstice tradition of taking instruments to the streets started in Paris as the Fête de la Musique

Video from Make Music Chicago

Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

Make Music Chicago 2014 organized dozens of performances at Daley Plaza and across the Chicago area on Saturday. The citywide festival joined communities around the world in celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice. One of the organizers, Kuang-Hao Huang, announced at 10:00 am, “Fiji is 17 hours into their day of music.

Make Music Chicago 2014

Make Music Chicago at St. James Cathedral

Join WFMT for Make Music Chicago 2014. We will be posting videos from around the city and broadcasting live from the Music Institute of Chicago and from St. James Cathedral. Make Music Chicago is part of a worldwide celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice

Friday Recital with Nicole Cabell

Nicole Cabell, c. Devon Cass

Friday on WFMT’s Music in Chicago, Candice Agree hosts a recital featuring lyric soprano and Decca recording artist Nicole Cabell.

Though her work takes her around the globe, Nicole Cabell manages to return to Chicago between engagements. She has called Chicago home since her days as an apprentice at the Lyric Opera

Coming to Ravinia, WFMT

Alain Lefevre

Whet your appetite for an evening at Ravinia by listening to WFMT. Thursday at 3:00 pm, Kerry Frumkin hosts music and conversation with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre. Lefèvre is in town to play a recital at Ravinia, which will be preceded by a a film screening of “The Lady in Number 6”

Gifted Composer, Silenced by Holocaust

Erwin Schulhoff

One could infer, just by the people who associated with Erwin Schulhoff – Dvorak, Debussy, Hindemith – that his talent was rare. As far as history is concerned however, Schulhoff never entered the ranks of the major composers. It leads one to wonder

Chicago Composer in Rush Hour

St. James Cathedral

Howard Frazin has done much to enliven the new music scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He organizes concerts in Cambridge; he teaches in Cambridge. He’s not from Cambridge. Frazin is a Chicago native, the son of a retired Cook County Circuit judge. Frazin grew up in Chicago, though his music has taken him from Aspen to Tanglewood to Banff. He’s had performances in Russia

Muti in Conversation with Andrew Patner

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, c. Todd Rosenberg

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about the Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble. Hear the conversation on Monday’s edition of Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner.

Riccardo Muti leads the final CSO