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Archive for August 21, 2014

Cedille Day on WFMT

Rachel Barton Pine plays live at WFMT on Cedille Day

With over 30,000 recordings in WFMT’s “record” library, the staff seldom focuses on a single record label for very long. When it happens, it’s usually because an artist has an exclusive agreement with a label; and the programming staff is featuring that artist.

On Friday, WFMT honors a record label that has made it its mission to enhance the cultural life of Chicago. Cedille Records

WFMT Gets an Upgrade

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After being off-line for two months, WFMT’s Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio is open for business. With a new mixing board, new recording equipment, and a sassy blue paint job (better for shooting photographs and video), the studio re-opened last week for a recording with composer Lita Grier, followed by a live broadcast of “Folkstage”

Impromptu with Saxophone Virtuoso Ashu

Ashu warms up for a live recital at WFMT on Thursday

Ashu returns to Chicago for a recital at Ravinia. The Northwestern graduate is logging thousands of frequent flyer miles these days, giving concerts throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

Ashu had been playing the saxophone for only a few years when he entered a contest. Taking the top prize, he was granted a solo recital at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16