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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

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

Music that Changed the World

Photo of Igor Stravinsky from a 1910 postcard

There is little debate among music-lovers that The Rite of Spring tops the list of pieces that changed the world, not chronologically, or necessarily in degree of importance, but in its ability to evoke discussion and yet another re-telling of the riot that erupted at its premiere

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.”

Grant Park Music Festival on the Horizon

photo by Norman Timonera

Who doesn’t long for Summer? The Grant Park Music Festival gives us one more reason to do so. Their new season is posted: 2013 Season | The Music | The Grant Park Music Festival And suddenly we are reminded why we live in a place that has winters like this. This free festival housed within

Building Bridges through Music

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian/Israeli West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Carnegie Hall tonight West-Eastern Divan at Carnegie.

Hong Kong – Pirate Ships (fishing and tourist boats)

Have you seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou lately (Bill Murray, 2004)? Fishing boats (and some tourism boats–we think) look much like the pirate ships that take captive Bill Murray’s crew in the film. Here’s Andrew with another Postcard from Hong Kong.

Ferry Boats to Downtown Hong Kong

Greetings from Hong Kong! Firstly, I must say that the climate here is incredible–humid and roughly 65 degrees Fahrenheit–a huge difference from what locals called a “mild winter in Japan” (we could see our breath on the streets a couple of days). Many commuters that come to Tsim Sha Tsui (the island on which the more…