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Dudamel Signs with LA Philharmonic through 2021-22 season

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Friday, March 27, 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that Gustavo Dudamel has extended his contract as the orchestra’s music director through the 2021-22 season. The 34-year-old Venezuelan conductor and violinist made his LA Philharmonic debut in 2005. In 2007, the Philharmonic named Dudamel as its next music director, a position which he began with the beginning more…

Pianist Orion Weiss Performs LIVE on Impromptu

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Pianist Orion Weiss stops by the WFMT Levin Studio for a LIVE concert on Impromptu on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Orion Weiss last appeared at Symphony Center in 2012 with Emmanuel Ax as part of the Keys To The City Festival. His appearances at Symphony Center on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28 more…

WFMT Backstage with the CSO on Boulez’s Birthday

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To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Pierre Boulez, WFMT went backstage with musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to hear some of their favorite memories of working with this illustrious conductor, composer, and musician. Few know Boulez better than these musicians. Watch the video below to learn how working with Boulez impacted the players and more…

Happy Birthday, Boulez!

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Today, WFMT celebrates composer, conductor, and musician Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday. Boulez, who was recently awarded a 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of the most influential figures in modern music. In addition to celebrating the music of Boulez with us on the air, enjoy three podcasts of Boulez in conversation at the WFMT more…

Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili Performs Rach 2 with SF Symphony

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On tonight’s San Francisco Symphony Radio Broadcast, conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads performances of Scriabin’s Reverie, Op. 24 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 featuring pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Then, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads performances of Debussy’s Jeux and La Mer, with an encore of Prokofiev’s  Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 44. Tune in at 8:00 pm central. For more information more…

Lyric Risings Stars Concert 2015

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WFMT broadcasts the 2015 Rising Starts Concert at Lyric Opera, a showcase performed by members of the 2014-2015 Ensemble of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The concert was performed and recorded on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7:30 – 10:30 pm at the more…

Andrew Patner Celebration at Orchestra Hall

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Friends, family, fans, and colleagues of WFMT Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner gathered from around the country in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 to celebrate his life after his sudden passing on February 3, 2015. Those who were unable to attend the memorial service can download a podcast of a conversation between more…

Opera en el barrio – Lyric Unlimited Previews “El Pasado” in Pilsen and Waukegan

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El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (The Past Is Never Finished), the new mariachi opera commissioned by Lyric Unlimited, was recently unveiled in preview performances in Pilsen’s Benito Juaréz Academy March 13-15, 2015. WFMT attended the first preview performance and went backstage with mariachi singer Vanessa Alonzo during her rehearsals to tell you more about this more…

Laurie Anderson on Technology, the Afterlife, and Growing up in Illinois

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Ground breaking musician, composer, and performance artist Laurie Anderson comes to Chicago for a concert at the Harris Theater on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She is joined by the award winning Kronos Quartet, which stopped by the WFMT studio on Thursday, March 12, 2015 for a LIVE broadcast on Impromptu. Both Anderson and Kronos have appeared on more…

Maestro Muti on Andrew Patner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti enjoyed a close friendship with WFMT’s late Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner. Join David Polk tonight at 10:00 pm for a conversation with Maestro Muti about Andrew in anticipation of a public celebration of his life which takes place this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Orchestra Hall at more…