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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

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

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

Failed Postcards From Hong Kong

A walk through Kowloon’s Flower Street in Hong Kong. I was hoping to see the bird market, but it had closed two hours early. I swear to you, this was the one and only time there weren’t at least 10 people in front of the hotel incessantly begging for my business. This was also the more…

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…