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Rachmaninoff

Champion Plays Ravinia

DenisMatsuevCollage

He calls Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin “a big friend of mine.” His heroes are Vladimir Horowitz and star hockey center Sergei Fedorov. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who has “epic technique” according to the Boston Globe, is not shy about talking sports. In a 2009 Impromptu, he told WFMT that as a youth in Siberia, he could hardly be kept indoors. He played either soccer or ice hockey “about seven hours a day. Music was second.” Speaking with a gentle Russian growl, he laughs

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”

Music’s Fathers

Sergei Rachmaninoff with granddaughter Sophie

WFMT honors fatherhood this weekend with opera, film music, and one artist’s journey to connect with his late dad. View an online photo exhibition of musical dads and their children and grandchildren, including Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss.