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Archive for December, 2015

16 Classical Drinking Songs to Ring in 2016


Who says enjoying classical music has to be a sober affair? Here is a list of pieces to help you put the bubbles in your bubbly.

13 Corny Music Jokes You’ll Love to Hate and Hate to Love


We’ve got so many corny music jokes, we decided to make you a Liszt. Tell us your favorite music jokes in the comments below.

12 Composers Walking in a Winter Wonderland


As temperatures drop and the days grow short, our favorite composers have some tips on how to warm up this winter. Not only did the following composers write some of the most beloved songs and sounds of the season, they also didn’t shy away from subfreezing temperatures!

10 Piano Concertos You Need to Know But Probably Don’t


You voted on your 10 favorite piano concertos and we aired them on WFMT paired them with 10 piano concertos that might be less familiar to you. Which of the concertos are discoveries to you? Which of your favorites would you add to the list?

This Video of the von Trapps Singing “Edelweiss” Will Be One of Your Favorite Things This Week


If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after hearing the newest generation of von Trapps perform “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. The current von Trapp singers descend more…

Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos


We asked you to vote on your favorite piano concertos, which we have been counting down for two weeks along with works that might be knew to you. Here are your top 10 favorite piano concertos revealed!

Special Holiday Programming on WFMT


WFMT has music for every occasion each holiday season. Here’s a list of our special holiday programming for 2015-16, which includes broadcasts from all over the globe featuring diverse artists from Izthak Perlman to Chanticleer, Anonymous 4 to the Vienna Philharmonic.

Rufus Wainwright’s 3 Favorite Opera Composers


Opera has always been important to composer Rufus Wainwright, though many know him as the man behind the piano crooning confessional songs. Wainwright began composing his first opera, “Prima Donna,” because the Metropolitan Opera was interested in commissioning the work from him. I spoke with Wainwright about his first opera and operas that influenced him.

How a Modern Orchestra Plays a Period-Perfect Messiah

Subject: Ivars Taurins as handel On 2011-11-30, at 1:08 PM, Crawford, Trish wrote: From: Luisa Trisi [] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 10:47 AM
To: Crawford, Trish
Cc: Alex Skoczylas; Sandra D'Angelo
Subject: RE: Ivars photo update
Importance: High Hi Trish, I'm re- sending the portrait shot (attached - please credit photog Todd Korol) and will courier the disc with the other photos to you right now - didn't want it getting lost in the shuffle at The Star while you were away. Is this for Saturday's paper? BTW, I'll be leaving for Montreal at the crack of dawn tomorrow for two days. If you need anything while I'm away, please contact Alex Skoczylas or Sandra D'Angelo in the marketing office at Tafelmusik. Tel: 416 964-9562. Thanks! L. 416 456-0499 (cell) From: Crawford, Trish [] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 10:15 AM
To: Luisa Trisi
Subject: Ivars photo update Luisa, I have not received the photos of Ivars yet (although I have the Star slide show you sent) as I am looking for the replica of the last pose of Handel by Thomas Hudson so I can show how closely he copied the costume. If you have sent the pictures I apologize as they are not here. I thought you mentioned a disc or something but I have received nothing and by now, of course, I am on deadline. Trish Crawford Entertainment Reporter Toronto Star 416-869-4836  Handel sitting by Todd Korol.JPG

Handel’s oratorio Messiah is everywhere this time of year. Here in Chicago in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll have large-scale performances of Messiah, period instrument chamber performances more…

Hear New Music Composed of Old World Sounds


Classical composers and musicians have always been fascinated by folk tunes. Violinist Lara St. John’s new album, “Shiksa,” is a collaboration with jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz, featuring 14 folk melodies that she fell in love with during her travels. Click to learn about this interesting project and hear some of the recordings St. John made in the field.