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Muti Takes Orchestra to Cicero High School

Maestro Riccardo Muti

If you believe what you read, the town of Cicero has a troubled history. Iniquitous associations linger for decades, while saying nothing of the men and women who live, work, and raise families here. On Wednesday, the people of Cicero had the opportunity to show something of their fiber: world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti

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

The End to Two Remarkable Seasons

Riccardo Muti dons #19, photo by Brian Kersey

Maestro Muti concluded the Chicago Symphony season at Symphony Center on Sunday with an impromptu speech from the stage saying the first thing he would do when his plane lands in Rome is to find out “if the Hawks won.”

Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

Bruno Bartoletti (June 10, 1926 – June 9, 2013)

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Bruno Bartoletti, longtime conductor and artistic director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, died Sunday in Florence, Italy, just one day before his 87th birthday. Bartoletti first conducted there in 1956 at the age of 30; Lyric was a fledgling company of two years when founder Carol Fox required a replacement conductor

Lasting Impressions, Monday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Composer Meredith Monk

As WTTW’s “10 Buildings that Changed America” neared completion, WFMT got to thinking, what pieces of music have had that kind of significance? We decided to enlist the help of a broad swath of critics, composers, educators and conductors—the people who have had access to those who write music, access to the audiences, to the performers; and most importantly, to the music

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

Imani Winds on WFMT’s Impromptu

The Imani Winds on WFMT's Impromptu

This group is a KICK. Their collaborations are truly inspired: Roberto Sierra, Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera. They do the old, the new–sometimes they write their own music. These conservatory musicians feed on new inspirations, while digging deeper into their classical roots.

Die Meistersinger Comes to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo by Robert Kusel

Ever the radical, Wagner must have amused himself, poking fun at the musical establishment. He sidestepped the mythology and magic of his other works to write a romantic comedy. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is historical fiction. In fact, Wagner’s central character Hans Sachs did live and work as a poet, a playwright and cobbler in more…