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The Devil Gets a Second Act


“L’histoire du soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”) is a curiosity. It’s theater. It’s a musical composition. It’s a work rich in orchestral color, but has only six players. With a unique ensemble of actors, dancers and instruments, it’s been a one-of-a-kind for nearly 100 years – until now.

A British Import: the BBC Proms


They gave the world Monty Python and the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Leave it to the British to organize something as inexplicable and wonderful as the BBC Proms, with a subculture of devoted attendants, some of whom line up hours before a concert for a £5.00, standing-room-only ticket

Impromptu with Ken Burns

Ken Burns does live interview at WFMT

As a director who’s covered everything from the Civil War, to baseball, to prohibition, to the national parks, Ken Burns is famous for making epic films about human endeavors – not so much for making biographies, although personal accounts are a hallmark of his storytelling style. His latest series is a biography, weaving together the stories of three people named Roosevelt

Filmmaker Ken Burns to Visit WFMT

Ken Burns's latest film is "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns comes to WFMT on Tuesday, September 9 for a live conversation with Kerry Frumkin. Mr. Burns will be on-hand to talk about his latest release, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which premiers on WTTW on Sunday.

The Passing of Magda Olivero

Soprano Magda Olivero

With Licia Albanese and Magda Olivero gone, it truly is the end of an era in opera, reaching back into the first half of the twentieth century. Those were the decades in which composers like Puccini, Mascagni, Cilea and Strauss; and conductors like Arturo Toscanini

Nicholas Phan: a Tenor with a Mission

Tenor Nicholas Phan, artistic director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

“…to make Chicago a world home for the study and performance of art song and vocal chamber music.”

That is the goal of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. They’ve recruited tenor Nicholas Phan as artistic director, and are hosting the 2014 Collaborative Works Festival this week with Susanna Phillips, Michelle DeYoung, Kelley O’Connor, Joshua Hopkins, and Nicholas Phan.

Tenor Nicholas Phan is giving a WFMT Impromptu

Stars of Lyric Opera Shine Over Millennium Park

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago

On Saturday, Lyric Opera of Chicago gives its annual free concert beneath the lattice of the Pritzker Pavilion. Stars of Lyric Opera will showcase several of the season’s productions.

With the Don Giovanni principals already in rehearsal – opening night is September 27 – the stars will make the short commute to Millennium Park to perform the opera’s finale.

In the Studio with Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux

His name appears alongside Usher, Rosanne Cash, and Beyoncé on NPR’s list of “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (so far).” Jason Vieaux is definitely a man of the 21st century. He tweets, he’s on iTunes, and though he makes appearances all over the world, manages a full teaching schedule online.

Vieaux’s answer to a culture obsessed with playlists

Vancouver’s Jeff Alexander to Head Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jeff Alexander, the newly appointed President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

On Wednesday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced the appointment of Jeff Alexander to the position of president and chief executive officer. Mr. Alexander presently serves as president and chief executive of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He will succeed Deborah F. Rutter, who left the CSO in June to become president of the John F. Kennedy

Fishing for Pearls by the Composer of “Carmen”

Georges Bizet

The opera catalog of Georges Bizet is littered with words like “lost,” “unfinished,” “incomplete,” “sketches,” or even “incomplete, lost or not begun.” His greatest hit, “Carmen,” is so full of enchanting music, it’s hard to imagine how inspiration could be so fleeting. In fact, “Carmen” had a rough start in 1875: it was considered a failure.