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Haydn

Why Not Haydn the Opera Composer?

Cecilia Bartoli in Haydn's "Orfeo" at Covent Garden

Franz Joseph Haydn is often regarded as the father of the symphony and the father of the string quartet. That’s an extraordinary legacy; so what’s the story with Haydn and opera? Of course, opera was over 100 years old when Haydn came along, so he couldn’t have been its progenitor. What’s puzzling, however, is that most people don’t even know that Haydn wrote operas. He did

Documentary Filmmaker Phil Grabsky at WFMT

Filmmaker Phil Grabsky at WFMT, photo by Noel Morris

When Phil Grabsky looks out into the world, he sees stories that need to be told. As an independent filmmaker, he’s followed his passion from Brazil to Angola, from Chernobyl to Afghanistan. He also has a fascination for great composers. Phil Grabsky is in Chicago to introduce his new film In Search of Chopin

Coming to Ravinia, WFMT

Alain Lefevre

Whet your appetite for an evening at Ravinia by listening to WFMT. Thursday at 3:00 pm, Kerry Frumkin hosts music and conversation with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre. Lefèvre is in town to play a recital at Ravinia, which will be preceded by a a film screening of “The Lady in Number 6”

Cuarteto Casals

Since its founding at the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid under Professor Antonello Farulli in 1997, Cuarteto Casals has quickly become recognized as one of Europe’s most distinguished string quartets. more…