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Author Archive

Someone’s Getting Married at the Met

Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott

The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” with Erwin Schrott in the title role, Danielle de Niese as Susanna, Mariusz Kwiecien as Count Almaviva and Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Countess. Edo de Waart conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

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Best of Studs Terkel: Christmas Memories

Studs Terkel, photo from NPR

In 1961, orator and radio personality Studs Terkel put together a program that broadcast voices from across America and Europe telling stories of childhood and recalling songs of holidays past.

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Impromptu: Fireworks on the Violin

Paul Huang

Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recipient of YCA’s 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, violinist Paul Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in the YCA Series in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic in Concert

American composer John Adams

Composer John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with guest organist Cameron Carpenter. The program includes Gordon’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Riley’s “At the Royal Majestic,” and Adams’s “Naive and Sentimental Music”

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Candles Burning Brightly

Menorah

Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

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Happy Birthday Beethoven

beethoven1

Thinkers and artists from Stanley Kubrick to Franz Schubert have marveled at the works of Beethoven. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that Beethoven can stir in man a yearning to connect with a higher power: “At a certain place in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, for example, he might feel that he is floating

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Thomas Adès, Featured Composer on Live from WFMT

British composer Thomas Ades

Pianist Winston Choi performs a program titled “Thomas Ades: Illuminated,” live from the Levin Studio. He’ll play works by Thomas Ades juxtaposed with other pieces. He plans to record the complete piano music of Thomas Ades starting in January

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Explore the Beethoven Quartets

Bill McGlaughlin, c. Noel Morris

When Beethoven reflected upon the Cavatina from his Op. 130 Quartet, he said, “Never did my own music produce such an effect upon me; even now when I recall this work it still costs me a tear.” Of course he never heard that music; he was stone deaf.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts

Outgoing CSO Principal Flute Mathieu Dufour, c. Todd Rosenberg

Charles Dutoit conducts with flutist Mathieu Dufour and organist Paul Jacobs. The program includes Dukas’s Fanfare and Poème dansé from La Péri, Connesson’s Pour Sortir au Jour, and Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, Organ. Also hear music by Poulenc and John Williams

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Johan Botha on Saturday’s Met

Johan Botha with Amanda Majeski and Dmitry Ivashchenko in Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"

South African opera singer Johan Botha is a regular at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In recent years, he’s sung Walther in “Die Meistersinger” and opened Lyric’s season last year as Otello. He’s been Lohengrin, and comes back to Chicago in February as Tannhäuser. The 49-year-old heldentenor is made for these heftier roles. The heldentenor is a voice type that can sing comfortably

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