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Chicago Critic John von Rhein’s Fall 2016 Arts Preview

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John von Rhein, the classical music critic of the Chicago Tribune since 1977, previews performing arts events come to the Windy City this fall in a conversation with WFMT program more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Postcard from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

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AIX-EN-PROVENCE – This afternoon’s rehearsal began on a somber note, with the director acknowledging the horrible terrorist attack the night before and expressing solidarity and support with the many shaken more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Winner of 17th Chopin Competition Announced

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[Press and spectators surround 17th International Chopin Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho] WARSAW — The 17th International Chopin Piano Competition drew to a close very late Tuesday evening as hundreds more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Chicago Native an Audience Favorite at Chopin Competition

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Last night, the finals of the Chopin Piano Competition began in the national concert hall here in Warsaw, Poland. For the last three weeks, this hall has been the center of more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

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…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

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…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Don’t Miss This Party

Pianist, Conductor and Curator Marino Formenti

The presenters filled the Logan Square Auditorium with sofas, comfy chairs and lots of mood lighting. Participants were encouraged to listen to the music how they wanted; be it sitting, standing, walking around or lying down. It was a fun experiment in concertizing and listening. Besides the food pairings and lighting, however, what was just as unusual about this concert was the fact that the audience could interact with many of the composers

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

A New Building for Music-Making at the Old Town School

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[Audio clip: view full post to listen] On the morning of Tuesday, January 10th civic leaders, community members and local politicians, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Lyric Opera of Chicago and Merit School of Music Announce New Collaboration

Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Merit School of Music announced a new collaboration Monday.  Soprano and Lyric Opera Creative Consultant Renée Fleming was on hand to fill in the more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.

Arts After School Full Program #4: Dance

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The final edition of our four-part series on arts education focused on dance programs offered by The Joffrey Ballet and Deeply Rooted Dance more…

About David Polk

Producer and host of Introductions on 98.7WFMT, David Polk also reports on other youth-oriented events locally and around the world.