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Rachel Barton Pine’s “Testament” Gets Back to Bach

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s new recording of Bach’s complete Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas is titled Testament. It’s a word that has multiple meanings for Pine – from the importance of these celebrated works to how she defines her life’s purpose as a musician. I spoke with Pine about the album and her insights into more…

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10 Contemporary Composers You Should Know (…Who Also Happen to Be Women)

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During March, Women’s History Month, we have been drawing special attention to the music of women composers past and present on WFMT. Here are 10 living composers who are changing music today, along with 10 albums featuring their music you might want to add to your library. Tune in from Monday, March 21, 2016 – Friday, March 25, more…

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10 Trailblazing Composers of the Past (…Who Also Happened to Be Women)

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From medieval times to modernity, women have made important contributions to all aspects of music, including as composers. Below are 10 trailblazing composers of the past who also happened to be women, along with 10 albums featuring their music you might want to add to your library. Tune in from Monday, March 14, 2016 – more…

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

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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?

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Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos

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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!

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Hear New Music Composed of Old World Sounds

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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.

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Your Top 10 Favorite Symphonies

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You voted, and we listened! For the last two weeks on Midday with Lisa Flynn, we have been counting down your Top 10 Favorite Symphonies that were paired with 10 Symphonic Discoveries – great symphonic masterpieces that may be new to you. Below is a list of your Top 10 Symphonies and the 10 Symphonic Discoveries we’ve more…

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The Planets at Ravinia

Based on the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago, the Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago endeavors to engage the entire community in a single musical masterpiece. This year’s selection is Holst’s The Planets. The work will be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus at 8 more…

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