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Archive for June, 2014

Engineer Appreciation Day

Engineer Eric Arunas chats with artists Anna Deveare Smith and Joshua Roman

Friday is Engineer Appreciation Day on WFMT, honoring a group of professionals who are as essential to a broadcast as the musicians themselves. After all, a performance can only be heard if a skilled individual properly captures it.

Santa Fe and Marc Neikrug

The FLUX Quartet performing at the SFCMF

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival celebrates talent; and some Festival artists possess more than one. The program’s co-host and Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug not only gets around on the piano, but is a respected composer.

Wednesday’s broadcast features Marc Neikrug’s 4th String Quartet played by the FLUX Quartet, a group described as “fearless”

Impromptu: North Shore Chamber Fest

Alessio Bax

Acclaimed artists descend on the North Shore this week for a little chamber music and a lot of festivities. Concerts run Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Wednesday afternoon’s WFMT Impromptu anticipates the events with music and conversation with three of those visiting artists: pianist Alessio Bax, clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, and conductor and pianist Andrew Litton.

WFMT will broadcast the concerts live

Pianist Tells Stories from the Bench

Angelo Rondello

Angelo Rondello knows there are a lot of fine pianists out there. He also knows there’s nothing quite like being in the same room with a virtuoso − live music moves people. These days, however, that magical live experience doesn’t guarantee concert engagements. Years ago, Mr. Rondello realized: passion is contagious. He can be an activist − not only at the keyboard

Strauss Rarity on the Tuesday Night Opera

Strauss

On the next Tuesday Night Opera, hear a rarity by Richard Strauss from 1936: Friedenstag or Peace Day. It’s a one-act opera composed by the 72-year-old Strauss. The story takes place in a besieged castle at the end of the 30 Years War. The Catholics and the Protestants are battling it out.

Murder by Numbers

Soldat

It’s a strange story. Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale feels like the popular AMC TV series The Walking Dead in that the protagonist wanders the countryside, people go missing, everyone’s a stranger – in fact it really was like that in parts of Europe at the end of World War I (zombies excepted). That was the backdrop for Stravinsky’s little road show, L’histoire du soldat (1918). It was conceived as a portable theater piece “to be read, played, and danced” in villages around Switzerland.