Performers often comment on the intimate, introspective, and profound nature of the string quartet. Philip Glass says: “In an odd way, string quartets have always functioned like that for composers. I don’t really know why, but it’s almost impossible to get away from it. It’s the way composers of the past have thought and that’s no less true for me
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Noel Morris
Do you think music has meaning?
Music can move you; music can make you want to move. For most listeners, it’s a simple transaction. There are those who look deeper into our relationship to music, however, and wonder why it affects us so. Igor Stravinsky was one of them. Not always inclined to subtlety
Friday, June 13, 2014 by Noel Morris
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.
Monday, May 6, 2013 by Noel Morris
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
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by Noel Morris
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.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 by Carolyn Paulin
This week conductor David Robertson leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concerts that feature music by Olivier Messiaen (his colorful “Offrandes oubliees”),the violin Concerto by Alban Berg, and the wonderful “Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky. The contretemps surrounding its first performance in Paris in 1913 is well-known. But my first experience with the amazing more…
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Louise Frank
On December 23 at 3pm WFMT will play The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky in a performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. Here is a video of the composer on the podium with the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra in a 1965 performance which was broadcast by the BBC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGA6bpscj8 In more…