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Grant Park Soloist: “Ice pack, please”

Natasha Paremski, c. Andrea Joynt

The Grant Park Music Festival welcomes Russian-American pianist Natasha Paremski for Wednesday’s season opener. She joins Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra for a piece she jokes about on her Facebook page: “deliriously fast

Tales from the Trenches with Recording Engineer Mary Mazurek


“I had to move my equipment twice due to leaks in the ceiling.” In honor of Engineer Appreciation Day, all of the WFMT engineers responded to a little in-house survey. WFMT audio engineer Mary Mazurek offers some particularly colorful recollections.

Engineer Appreciation Day

Engineer Eric Arunas chats with artists Anna Deveare Smith and Joshua Roman

Friday is Engineer Appreciation Day on WFMT, honoring a group of professionals who are as essential to a broadcast as the musicians themselves. After all, a performance can only be heard if a skilled individual properly captures it.

Postcard: Renée Fleming at WFMT

Renee Fleming, photo by Andrew Eccles

“The people’s diva,” Renée Fleming paid WFMT a visit on Tuesday, which also happened to coincide with the release of her latest recording, Guilty Pleasures. Ms. Fleming chatted with Lisa Flynn and discussed the new recording (hear the interview)

Renee Fleming: Growing up in Rochester

Renee Fleming

(Tuesday at 3:00 PM) She’s among the most recognized figures in opera. With a career spanning the world’s stages, it seems unlikely this luminous figure should touch down in Chicago to pour her offstage energy into the city’s arts education; but she has