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Hear the Original Version of Brahms’ Piano Trio in B That “Shocked” Violinist Joshua Bell

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While most people are familiar with the revised 1889 version of Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Violinist Joshua Bell’s new album, “For the Love of Brahms,” presents the original, 1854 version.

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Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Molly Manarchy, the First Musician on WFMT’s Introductions

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Chicago native and classical guitarist Molly Manarchy was just a senior in high school when she appeared as the first soloist on WFMT’s Introductions in 2008.  Now, Molly composes her more…

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Hear Kirill Gerstein Play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 the Way Tchaikovsky Intended

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor the way the composer originally intended at the Grant Park Music Festival on August 12, 2016.  This version has not more…

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Violinist Joshua Bell and Trumpeter Chris Botti Collaborate at Ravinia Festival

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Violinist Joshua Bell and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti have more in common than meets the eye.  Both musicians studied at Indiana University. Both have also won Grammy Awards.  Now, they more…

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VIDEO: Sneak Peek of World Music Showcase Presented by WTTW and Old Town School of Folk Music

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It’s no secret to Chicagoans that the Old Town School of Folk Music  offers diverse musical offerings.  WFMT’s sister station, WTTW, recently teamed up with the Old Town School to more…

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Young American and Scottish Musicians Prepare for Independence Day Salute

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For many Chicagoans, celebrating Independence Day would not be complete without a trip to Jay Pritzker Pavilion to enjoy live music, a picnic, and fireworks.  This year, audiences will be more…

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This Video of a Children’s Choir Singing a Soothing Spiritual Is Just What You Need to Watch Right Now

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Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus regularly performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Recently, Anima joined us at WFMT for a live more…

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Stanisław Moniuszko: The Most Famous Polish Composer You Haven’t Heard Yet but Should

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The name Fryderyk Chopin is synonymous with Polish music and culture. Though Stanisław Moniuszko may not be a household name today, the composer is literally the face of Polish opera. A statue of him rests outside of the Warsaw Opera House, where several of works premiered and for which he served as director.

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5 Rising Stars in Classical Music Who Got Their Start in Chicago

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Many musicians have started their careers in Chicago, and some of them have also studied at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the Academy was established more…

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Why the Chinese Pipa is One of the Coolest Instruments You’ve Never Heard

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Alright, so maybe you’ve heard the pipa before. Perhaps, though, you don’t know it by name. In anticipation of her performance at the National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago, Wu Man discussed the pipa’s 2,000-year history and her diverse collaborations.

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