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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 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 more…

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” more…