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Chicago’s Joan Harris to Receive National Medal of Arts

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On Monday, July 28th, the President and First Lady will recognize Joan Harris for her tireless support of the arts. It was announced on Tuesday that she would be a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

The visage of Joan Harris is a familiar one around the lobbies of the Civic Opera House and Symphony

From Soviet Refugee to iTunes Favorite

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When Yevgeny Kutik was a boy, his mother declared, “Enough.” She packed up her family and left the Soviet Union. There wasn’t any one reason. It was a series of reasons: Yevgeny was bullied in Kindergarten; she was laid off because her employers exceeded their “quota of Jews”; her older son had picked up racial slurs at school

Zukerman Chamber Players Recorded Live at Ravinia

Cellist Amanda Forsyth and violinist Pinchas Zukerman

Monday at 8:00 pm South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth grew up in Canada. Together with her husband, Pinchas Zukerman, Forsyth co-founded the Zukerman Chamber Players. They played the popular Archduke Trio and the Dumky Trio at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. That recital airs on Monday evening at 8:00 pm on WFMT. Beethoven and Dvořák more…

Lyric’s New Opera (Just a Peek)

Lyric Opera Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis, c. Todd Rosenberg

Getting beyond “The book was better” – Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel “Bel Canto,” general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book.

Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of

New York Philharmonic Remembers Maazel

Lorin Maazel conducting the Philharmonic in Central Park

In the summer of 1943, Lorin Maazel could be found conducting the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra at Lewisohn Stadium on the campus of City College of New York. Other conductors on the summer series included Fritz Reiner, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould, and Antal Dorati. Maazel was 13 years old.

Bach and Mexican Roots Music

Juan Rivera, c. Todd Winters

They’ve been nominated for a Latin Grammy award, featured on NPR and on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Sones de Mexico is making its rounds from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, but still calls Chicago home.

Conductor Lorin Maazel Dead at 84

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Orchestral musicians, opera singers, and fans around the world are mourning the loss of American conductor Lorin Maazel. He died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Castleton, Virginia, where the festival he founded is in full swing.

La Marseillaise, The Beatles to the Bastille

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Arrangements and send-ups of “La Marseillaise” range from Stravinsky to Monty Python. Film critic Roger Ebert listed the singing of “La Marseillaise” in “Casablanca” as one of the “100 Great Movie Moments.” How many incarnations can you name?

Canadian Pianist/Radio Host, Monday from Ravinia

Alain Lefevre

You may have caught Alain Lefèvre on WFMT’s Impromptu. He’s not only a whiz at the keyboard, but on the broadcast board as well. The French-Canadian pianist and composer is passionate about music: playing music, talking about music, and working as an advocate for music with educators, broadcasters

Are Your Ears Thirsty? Q and A with Seth Boustead

Seth Boustead at the Thirsty Ear Festival 2013

WFMT and Seth Boustead of Relevant Tones present the 2014 Thirsty Ear Festival, Saturday, July 12 at the City Winery.
“The name comes from a friend of mine who was talking about an event he went to years ago and he said of the audience, “they were incredible, they had such thirsty ears.” I thought it was a funny and imaginative way to describe people open to new sounds”