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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Apple, and Turning 50

Esa-Pekka Salonen, c. BenjaminSuomela

He was hailed as a wunderkind when he seized the reigns of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 34, half the age of other prominent conductors. Many observed that his boyish good looks made him seem even younger, but the people of Los Angeles quickly discovered this much-hyped maestro to be an intense and serious musician.

Shostakovich as a “Calling Card”

Atrium

The pairing of performers and compatriot composers is such a satisfying notion (like having a French meal at l’Ecole Le Cordon Bleu Paris) that in a field crowded with artists carving out an identity, it happens a lot. It almost seems cliché for a Russian quartet to focus on Shostakovich – except so many reviewers

The Danish String Quartet Warms Up at WFMT

Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola and Frederik Øland, violin

There’s been a lot of buzz around these boys lately. The New Yorker, NPR’s Performance Today, and The Washington Post all have taken note of the quartet that began a residency at Lincoln Center this fall. They are the Danish String Quartet, a group of guys who met as pre-teens at music camp in Denmark, and have been best friends and musical collaborators ever since.

Cross-Pollination in Chicago Yields Black Oak Ensemble

Goran Ivanovic, Desiree Ruhstrat, Aurelien Pederzoli, and David Cunliffe

It’s like seeing old friends get together to make a new couple. Two members of the Lincoln Trio join a Spektral Quartet violinist – but he’s playing viola – and a Chicago guitarist who’s collaborated with Fareed Haque: they are the Black Oak Ensemble. Composed of Goran Ivanovic, guitar; Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; Aurelien Pederzoli, viola; and David Cunliffe, cello, the Black Oak Ensemble

Spanish Fever at Grant Park

Flamenco Dancer

February-March 1875, Paris – Within the span of one month, the Parisians saw the premieres of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Bizet’s Carmen. For the audience, there was something different, something exotic about those pieces – eventually people would be whistling them in the streets.

Ongoing Debate: Does Music Have Meaning or Not?

Igor Stravinsky

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

David Robertson Puts Youth in Spotlight

Conductor David Robertson

On Monday evening, David Robertson returns to the Chicago stage, this time with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

There is the notion that some conductors work with youth orchestras while hoping to move on to professional orchestras – not so with David Robertson. He has the big career

Ravinia’s Back! Hear Concerts Every Monday

KahaneTrio

Monday at 8:00 pm Each summer, the Monday night series Live from WFMT takes a vacation so that WFMT can bring you concerts from the Ravinia Festival. Monday’s broadcast features pianist Jeffrey Kahane, violinist Joseph Swensen, and cellist Carter Brey. Program Mozart: Piano Trio in G, K. 496 Schumann: Piano Trio in d, Op. 63 more…

Video from Make Music Chicago

Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

Make Music Chicago 2014 organized dozens of performances at Daley Plaza and across the Chicago area on Saturday. The citywide festival joined communities around the world in celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice. One of the organizers, Kuang-Hao Huang, announced at 10:00 am, “Fiji is 17 hours into their day of music.

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.”