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The Cello

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

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.

Cello Perspectives: Lynn Harrell at 70

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

Three Cellists Back-to-Back

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

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

Impromptu: Anna Deavere Smith and Joshua Roman

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

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 more…

Tedx Talk: The Cello

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 more…

Cello Perspectives: Wendy Warner


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.

Cello Perspectives: David Cunliffe of 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 more…

Cello Perspectives: A One on One with David Finckel


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