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6 Sidesplitting Caricatures of Mahler Conducting


Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly became known for his autocratic and often idiosyncratic style. For anyone who has performed Mahler’s music, his close attention to detail is apparent in the more…

Florasonic in Bloom at Lincoln Park Conservatory


An audio sample of Round the creep of the wave line, by composers and musicians Boris Hauf and Keefe Jackson, the current Florasonic installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Anyone who has visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory has probably noticed there’s a lot to be seen and heard. Since 2002, the Experimental Sound Studio has more…

Wilco Drummer Glenn Kotche Brings “Wild Sounds” to Classical Audiences


“Can this happen? Can we do it? Can the musicians actually construct instruments onstage and make music that I actually want to listen to? Can we transcend gimmick and theatricality and have actual musical merit? How is this going to happen?” These are the questions that Glenn Kotche began to ask when devising his latest more…

QUIZ: Which Symphonic Master Are you?

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Are you a revolutionary like Beethoven, or are you obsessive like Berlioz? Take this quiz to see which symphonic master you most resemble. And, tune in as we countdown to our listeners’ 10 top symphonies May 18 – May 29 on Midday with Lisa Flynn.

17 of the Silliest Moments in Satie’s Scores


Joyeux anniversaire, Erik Satie! Known for his sardonic sense of humor, Satie had a way of poking fun at the musical establishment using the titles, expressive markings, and even the notation of his works. Check out these 17 silly moments in Satie’s scores.

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89


By KEN RITTER, of the Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told more…

LISTEN: Rock Musician Bryce Dessner Teams with Chicago Youth Symphony

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  The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), under the leadership of its music director, Allen Tinkham, and relatively new executive director, Joshua Simonds, has been pushing the boundaries of classical music for years now. With their 12 adventurous programming awards from ASCAP, the organization that represents music publishers, they’ve become one of the premiere new music organizations more…

Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba


This coming Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm central and running till 10:00 pm , WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra. The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fernández and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral more…

LISTEN: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life

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Last week, I had the opportunity to record a conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field. After 17 years as Music Director at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he told me that he enjoys the extra time and freedom he has now to devote long periods of more…

Berlin Philharmonic: May take a year to choose new conductor


BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic says it could take as long as a year to find a replacement for outgoing chief conductor Simon Rattle after the orchestra’s musicians were unable to agree upon a candidate. The orchestra said Tuesday that 123 musicians met for more than 11 hours Monday behind closed doors in a church in more…