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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts: Truth to Power 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, February 1, 8, and 15 at 1:00 pm According to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s website, the spring 2014 Truth to Power event offered the opportunity to “celebrate the music of three men who used their art to speak truth to power and united worldwide audiences. It was a time of tremendous tumult; worldwide economic more…

Live from the Met: Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann

Erin Morley

Saturday, January 31 at 12:00 pm When this incarnation of Offenbach’s classic was introduced in 2009, critic Anthony Tommasini said: “There is much to cheer about in the Metropolitan Opera’s phantasmagorical new production.” He went on to note: “This Hoffmann, dressed in a plain suit suggesting 1920s Eastern Europe, spends most of his days seated more…

Impromptu: The Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet

Monday, January 26 at 10:00 am Tune in as Kerry Frumkin welcomes the Dover Quartet to WFMT. Following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has been making quite a name for themselves as one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. You can hear why when more…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts: Muti with New Music

Riccardo Muti

Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 pm A CSO ReSound retrospective broadcast will feature music by the CSO’s two composers-in-residence, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, conducted by music director Riccardo Muti. Clyne calls Night Ferry “a sonic portrait of voyages; voyages within nature and of physical, mental, and emotional states.” Bates calls Alternative Energy “an energy more…

A New Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Brian Jagde and Tatiana Serjan

Saturday, January 24 at 7:15 pm A new production of Puccini’s Tosca opens this week at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with three singers making their company debuts in the leading roles: Tatiana Serjan as Tosca, Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia. “Tosca, an impulsive opera star,” says Lyric, “is in love with more…

Celebrating CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, c. Todd Rosenberg

Friday, January 30 throughout the day Tune in for this all-day tribute to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic and charming music director Riccardo Muti, partially curated by the Maestro himself. Recordings of his work and of his influences will air throughout the day, including recordings from the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize concert that have not more…

A Day with Puccini

Jean-François Borras

Saturday, January 24 throughout the day Today, WFMT focuses on all things Giacomo Puccini with a variety of offerings celebrating the work of the great Italian opera composer. Join us at 12:00 noon for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Bohème, with Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo, Kristine Opolais as Mimi, Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello and more…

Impromptu: Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio

Jorge Federico Osorio

Thursday, January 22 at 1:00 pm Renowned pianist and Cedille recording artist Jorge Federico Osorio drops in for a visit with host Lisa Flynn. The Mexican native has been internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship, deep passion, and elegant performances; the New York Times dubbed him “an imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique.” Chicago’s classical more…

The Los Angeles Philharmonic in Concert: Ravel and Mozart

Hélène Grimaud

Wednesday, January 21 at 8:00 pm LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel conducts with pianist Hélène Grimaud in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. The program also includes two Mozart works: Serenade in D, Serenata Notturna and Symphony No. 36 in C, Linz. Last week, the acclaimed pianist also performed the Ravel concerto with The Orchestre more…

Live from WFMT: Dido Refuses to Speak, with Julia Bentley

Julia Bentley

Monday, January 19 at 8:00 pm Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, violinist Janet Sung, and cellist Brant Taylor perform Susan Botti’s Dido Refuses to Speak for voice and trio. The poetry, by Linda Gregerson, is inspired by tales from Virgil’s Aeneid, specifically the story of Aeneas, fleeing from Troy, and Dido, the queen of more…