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17 of the Silliest Moments in Satie’s Scores


Joyeux anniversaire, Erik Satie! Known for his sardonic sense of humor, Satie had a way of poking fun at the musical establishment using the titles, expressive markings, and even the notation of his works. Check out these 17 silly moments in Satie’s scores.

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89


By KEN RITTER, of the Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans more…

LISTEN: Rock Musician Bryce Dessner Teams with Chicago Youth Symphony

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The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), under the leadership of its music director, Allen Tinkham, and relatively new executive director, Joshua Simonds, has been pushing the boundaries of classical music for years more…

Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba


This coming Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm central and running till 10:00 pm , WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, more…

LISTEN: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life

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Last week, I had the opportunity to record a conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field. After 17 years as more…

Berlin Philharmonic: May take a year to choose new conductor


BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic says it could take as long as a year to find a replacement for outgoing chief conductor Simon Rattle after the orchestra’s musicians were unable to more…

10 Facts About the Mother of Modern Music: Hildegard


Composer, musician, and mystic Hildegard of Bingen was a visionary in all senses of the word. Read more about her and her contributions to every field from music to medicine more…

A Day of One-Hit Wonders


We’re playing one-hit wonders throughout the day: composers who are remembered for primarily one composition. On The Morning Program with Carl Grapentine, you’ll hear an hour of music by Russian more…

QUIZ: Guess the Composer by Their Facial Hair

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Think you know classical composers? Can you guess them by their facial hair?

Star Soprano Kate Royal Makes CSO Debut in Rare French Works


Star soprano Kate Royal makes her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut this week in a program of rarely performed French works: Ravel’s opera L’enfant et les sortilèges and Debussy’s cantata La more…