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Archive for June, 2014

Music’s Fathers

Sergei Rachmaninoff with granddaughter Sophie

WFMT honors fatherhood this weekend with opera, film music, and one artist’s journey to connect with his late dad. View an online photo exhibition of musical dads and their children and grandchildren, including Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss.

Lyric Opera Takes It to the Neighborhoods

Pepe Martinez

On Thursday Lyric Opera of Chicago unveiled four new productions with one objective: community. Part of the Lyric Unlimited initiative for 2015 these shows reach beyond Lyric’s mainstage appealing to diverse age and ethnic groups.
Lyric announced plans to produce a klezmer opera based on a graphic novel

$32 Million to the CSO

Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, c. Todd Rosenberg

The legacy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra received a boost on Thursday with the announcement of two multimillion-dollar gifts − among the largest in the orchestra’s history according to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Chicago-based Sam and Helen Zell

Grant Park Soloist: “Ice pack, please”

Natasha Paremski, c. Andrea Joynt

The Grant Park Music Festival welcomes Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski for Wednesday’s season opener. She joins Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a piece she jokes about on her Facebook page: “deliriously fast

How Good is Music Education in Chicago?

20-year-old Arianna Smith

On Wednesday the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts welcomes 20-year-old violist Arianna Smith in what’s really a homecoming. She grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, but has been studying at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As a product of Chicago’s music community, Arianna has both the local perspective on music education as well as a national

Listen to Janet Sung on Rush Hour and On Demand

Janet Sung, c. Lisa Marie Mazzucco

This native New Yorker gives Chicago one more reason to celebrate the local music scene. Violinist Janet Sung, who according to the Washington Post “possesses an exquisite tone,” joined the faculty at DePaul in 2010. Now she’s concertizing around town. In April, she came to the WFMT studios for Live from WFMT.

Listen to her performance of the Saint-Saens

Milestone: Richard Strauss at 150

Richard Strauss

WFMT features the music of Richard Strauss in June in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Join us for operas, songs, orchestral works, a brand new radio documentary, and more.
Richard Strauss was born in Munich on June 11, 1864. He lived until 1948.

Do You Know Today’s Music?

eighth blackbird at the MCA, c. Nathan Keay

What are the sounds of our time? How does modern life express itself in our music? Find out with eighth blackbird on Live from WFMT. As of 2010, most of the music hadn’t been written − typical fare for this six-member ensemble, informally known as “the birds.”

The birds like to hatch new

News from the North Shore


This week, Chicago’s North Shore is experiencing a population increase in acclaimed musicians. The North Shore Chamber Music Festival’s Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe bear much of the responsibility.

The husband and wife duo (violin and piano) announced their intention to create the festival in October of 2010. Now in it’s 4th season

Tales from the Trenches with Recording Engineer Mary Mazurek


“I had to move my equipment twice due to leaks in the ceiling.” In honor of Engineer Appreciation Day, all of the WFMT engineers responded to a little in-house survey. WFMT audio engineer Mary Mazurek offers some particularly colorful recollections.