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David Schrader’s Keyboard Tour

As promised in David Schrader’s Keyboard Tour 1-hour radio special on WFMT, here are the videos from the tour!  These videos contain approximately twice as much footage from our tour than heard in the radio program, and they feature even more of David’s playing, as well as some extras that couldn’t be squeezed into the more…

Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev: League of American Orchestras 2012 Orchestra Management Fellow

Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev (Artistic Operations Manager of the Grant Park Music Festival) is one of just two to be named a 2012 Orchestra Management Fellow by the League of American Orchestras.  I chatted with Agnieszka late last week on-stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion about her background and becoming a LAO Fellow.

Chicago’s 175th: Ma Rainey

Two classic Ma Rainey recordings for your enjoyment: See See Rider Blues (1925)   Deep Moaning Blues (1928)   And here’s Memphis Minnie singing her musical tribute to the “Mother of Blues Music,” appropriately titled “Ma Rainey.”  

Chicago’s 175th: The Richard Stams Collection

Laurie Lee Moses from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago shares the Richard Stams Collection..

Chicago’s 175th: The Staple Singers

Suzanne Flandreau from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago tells us about The Staple Singers.   Here are The Staple Singers with I’m Coming Home (Parts 1+2)  

Chicago’s 175th: Thomas A. Dorsey

Suzanne Flandreau from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago tells us about Thomas A. Dorsey.  

Chicago’s 175th: World’s Fair, Roland Hayes, Florence Price

Monica Hairston O’Connell from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago shares information about the 1933 World’s Fair. Monica shows us Roland Hayes’ songbook and tells us about Florence Price. Here is Florence Price’ Concerto in One Movement with the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.  

WFMT’s 2011 Artist of the Year: Riccardo Muti

WFMT’s General Manager Steve Robinson and Critic-At-Large Andrew Patner presented the station’s first-ever Artist of the Year award to Riccardo Muti last week in a phone interview.  Listen to excerpts of the interview here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Matti Bunzl on the 2011 Chicago Humanities Festival

WFMT is excited to collaborate again this year with the Chicago Humanities Festival.  Earlier this week we featured an encore interview with CHF headliner Laurie Anderson.  Here’s more on this year’s festival from Artistic Director Matti Bunzl: Anna Clyne and My Grandfather Growing up in Vienna, classical music was always in my life. It was more…

District 97′s Hybrid Child

I’ve blogged about District 97 here at Offmic before.  If you are yet unfamiliar with this Chicago-based band, perhaps the first line from their web-bio will serve best in bringing you up-to-date: “District 97 is the only progressive rock band in the world to feature an American Idol finalist and a Chicago Symphony Orchestra virtuoso cellist.” more…