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The Cello

Our theme of the month in January is the cello. Any instrument could be chosen, I suppose, and very well may be in the future. But the cello has a special relationship to human beings as the great cellist Lynn Harrell (whose 70th birthday is in January) said, “In my mind, the cello is closest to the human voice.” Some of history’s greatest composers have written some of their greatest music for the instrument, so why not celebrate the riches?

Yo-Yo Ma, Riccardo Muti: Have You Heard This Guy?

Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, photo by Todd Rosenberg

Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, photo by Todd Rosenberg

It’s the cellists’ lament: composers favor the piano. Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky wrote great cello pieces, but they were pianists first, writing reams of piano music. You’ll notice cellists are always trying new works; which sadly tend to be forgotten. Wouldn’t it be nice if WFMT’s cello month concluded with a new, winning piece for cello? Maybe it will.

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Cello Perspectives: Lynn Harrell at 70

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Lynn Harrell

For an incredible fifty years, the ever-youthful Lynn Harrell has been one of America’s shining stars in international concertdom. He’s done the major record label, the dream team chamber groups (Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Levine (at the piano), Itzhak Perlman, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman etc.). He’s

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Three Cellists Back-to-Back

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

It’s cello month on WFMT, which means we’re exploring all things related to that soulful, lower member of the strings family. There are many great players, each bringing to the instrument an individual voice. On Wednesday in the one o’clock hour today, you’ll have the opportunity to hear three generations of cello players

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Formosa Quartet LIVE

Formosa Quartet

[Hear Brahms On Demand from Monday's "Live from WFMT"] You’ll have a second opportunity to hear this group in a live broadcast Wednesday at 12:15 PM. They’re the featured artists on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial concert

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Impromptu: Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

At one o’clock today, WFMT presents an Impromptu with a remarkable performer who, in addition to keeping a full schedule as a film and television actress (Philadelphia, The West Wing) has devoted her life to advancing social change through art, Anna Deavere Smith. Ms. Smith will discuss “On Grace,” onstage at

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Cello Perspectives: Dmitry Kouzov

Dmitry Kouzov

Hear Dmitry Kouzov with the Formosa Quartet on Monday at 8:00 PM, and Wednesday at 12:15 PM   To celebrate Cello Month on WFMT, we’ve invited a number of professional players to consider a set of questions; expecting—and hoping for—a range of answers to widen our perspective on the instrument. Dmitry Kouzov is ‘subbing’ for more…

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Tedx Talk: The Cello

Ian Maksin and Ani Gogova

Ian Maksin and Ani Gogova

iAN & ANi are playing live on WFMT at 7:30 PM, Friday (a concert from Northeastern Illinois University). They’ve been musical partners for a year and the Chicago-based duo has already given over fifty concerts around Russia, Europe and the U.S.; and played on NPR and international broadcast outlets. For cello month on WFMT we more…

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Cello Perspectives: Wendy Warner

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To celebrate cello month on WFMT, Wendy Warner talks about being a gifted youngster in a musically rich city like Chicago. Though her career takes her to concert halls around the world, she still calls Chicago home.

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Cello Perspectives: David Cunliffe of The Lincoln Trio

Cellist David Cunliffe with his group The Lincoln Trio

Cellist David Cunliffe with his group The Lincoln Trio

To celebrate Cello Month on WFMT, we’ve invited a number of professional players to consider a set of questions, expecting—and hoping for—a range of answers to widen our perspective on the instrument. Today’s featured cellist is part of Chicago’s Grammy Award-nominated Lincoln Trio. The trio is in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and more…

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Cello Perspectives: A One on One with David Finckel

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To celebrate Cello Month on WFMT, we’ve invited a number of professional players to consider a set of cello questions, expecting–even hoping for–a range of answers. Our first participant is one of America’s top cellists, David Finckel

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Look Again at Beethoven

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WFMT’s New Release of the Week It’s a challenge for contemporary artists to tread such a well-traveled road as the Beethoven Cello Sonatas. Most major cellists record them, but when Steven Isserlis and fortepianist Robert Levin step up, people get excited. Both artists are widely acclaimed for making music at the highest level while observing period performance more…

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Who’s Your Favorite Cellist?

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 It’s cello month on WFMT. Is your favorite cellist underrated? Throughout January we’ll celebrate the instrument, the players and the repertoire that have made the violoncello one of the most soulful and beloved instruments. Wednesday through Friday of this week, join Dennis Moore for the morning program, from 5:58 to 10:00 AM. Dennis invites you more…

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Learn from the Best

David Finckel; photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

David Finckel; photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

January is cello month on WFMT. Perennial guest artist in our studios David Finckel, and founding cellist of the Emerson Quartet, created a new pastime as he bounces around the world’s hotel rooms: free video cello lessons in five minutes or less. Mr. Finckel starts with the basics—good habits are a player’s best friend. From more…

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