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Scottish Opera “The Gentle Shepherd” Receives First U.S. Performances in Over Two Centuries


Think opera and folk music don’t mix? Think again. This weekend, Chicago will host what’s being billed as a folk opera and the first Scottish opera – The Gentle Shepherd more…

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Chiara String Quartet Plays Complete Bartók Quartets Completely By Heart


The Chiara String Quartet has dedicated itself to finding ways of making the musical experience exciting and engaging. For their latest project, the quartet has recorded all of Béla Bartók’s more…

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Your Top 10 Favorite Violin Concertos


We asked you to vote on your favorite violin concertos, and we listened! For the last two weeks we’ve been counting down your favorites on Middays with Lisa Flynn, along with more…

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


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 more…

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


During March, Women’s History Month, we draw 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 more…

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


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 more…

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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?

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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!

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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.

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Your Top 10 Favorite Symphonies


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 more…

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