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The Holidays MOB-Style

The Annunciation by Caravaggio

Christmas has many meanings – as cherished as they are personal. Conductor Paul Agnew appeals to the greater community in Music of the Baroque’s holiday special with a theme that anyone can relate to: a mother and the birth of a child.

The Annunciation is explored through the poignant body of works created during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Through a booming brass

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Jeffrey Siegel: Listen and Learn

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Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall this week for his ongoing series “Keyboard Conversations.” The international artist has done more than hold his own with major orchestras and conductors, he’s become an important educator, speaking to American and European audiences from the piano about a topic he knows intimately: music. 45 years into these recital/lectures

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Daniil Trifonov Live from Carnegie Hall

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With an exclusive recording contract on Deutsche Grammophon, and engagements with the world’s top orchestras, one would think Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov was beyond taking piano lessons. He’s not. That is, he’s not one to miss opportunities to grow and expand his abilities, which are formidable, in spite of a hectic touring schedule. Composition is an important area of expression

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Hear Philip Glass Quartet LIVE

American composer Philp Glass

Performers often comment on the intimate, introspective, and profound nature of the string quartet. Philip Glass says: “In an odd way, string quartets have always functioned like that for composers. I don’t really know why, but it’s almost impossible to get away from it. It’s the way composers of the past have thought and that’s no less true for me

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Lyric’s Anna Bolena

Sandra Radvanovsky will star as Anne Boleyn

“Divorced, Beheaded, Died,
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”

– It was the fate of six women, one after another, to produce heirs for Henry VIII. On the chopping block were not only women’s heads, but a royal dynasty, the sanctity of the Church, and the unity of a people. With such enormous forces at work, history often overlooks the intimate spaces from which they explode

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Opera Singer Selfies, the Met’s Barber

Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Christopher Maltman (Rosina, Count Almaviva, and Figaro)

Last season, Lyric Opera of Chicago fans cheered Isabel Leonard as the sassy Rosina in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia.” The American mezzo brings it back this weekend (see dress rehearsal video) in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Barber of Seville.” The Saturday broadcast kicks off a new season of weekly performances from the Metropolitan Opera. The role of the crafty barber, Figaro, will be sung by Christopher Maltman, the suave British baritone

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Live Lunchtime Recital

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She studied with Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode, and was hired by James Conlon to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It’s clear from the company she keeps, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has the goods. Last month, she played at the Ravinia Festival with musicians from the Marlboro Festival, and is returning to Chicago this week for a recital at the PianoForte Foundation

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Acclaimed A Cappella Ensemble LIVE on WFMT

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WFMT welcomes men’s a cappella group Cantus for a live studio concert. The nine voice ensemble hails from the twin cities, but brings to WFMT a program of music ranging from South Africa to Japan to America to Germany.

In October Cantus released a CD called A Harvest Home and embarked on a tour featuring songs about harvest time and giving thanks

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Teatro Regio at the Harris and on WFMT

Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy

Producing opera is a 400 year old occupation for Italians. They’ve exported the scores of Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini to theaters worldwide, not to mention performers like Pavarotti and Toscanini. They’ve erected sumptuous opera houses; and in spite of their tendency to burn down

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Chanticleer LIVE on Tuesday

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They’ve become as much of a holiday tradition at WFMT as they have at “Fourth Pres.” Tuesday afternoon, WFMT presents an Impromptu with the male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer.

When the San Francisco-based group files into the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, there are always lots of friendly hugs and introductions, but they’re quick to get down

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