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      Highlights from three eras of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Zdenek Macal, Andreas Delfs, Edo de Waart.
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      • Stanisław Moniuszko: The Most Famous Polish Composer You Haven’t Heard Yet but Should

        Moniuszko11The name Fryderyk Chopin is synonymous with Polish music and culture. Though Stanisław Moniuszko may not be a household name today, the composer is literally the face of Polish opera. A statue of him rests outside of the Warsaw Opera House, where several of works premiered and for which he served as director.
      • Chicago Sinfonietta Blasts Off for “Cosmic Convergence”

        Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Film: JF Salgado. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.Great music can transport us, even into outer space! The Chicago Sinfonietta takes audiences on a journey through the stars with a presentation of Cosmic Convergence at Symphony Center. The program combines live classical music with video curated by Emmy-nominated astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado. Comsic Convergence also celebrates 10 years of collaboration between the more...
      • From Symphony Halls to Security Councils, Composer Mohammed Fairouz Uses Voice for Political Change

        Mohammed_smallWhen composer Mohammed Fairouz isn’t busy writing symphonies or operas, he’s likely writing about international politics for the Huffington Post, On Being, or Foreign Policy. “I’m engaged in geopolitics and diplomacy on a fairly involved level,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve been in conversation with people as diverse as Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud," former head of Saudi Intelligence and Ambassador to the United Kingdom and United States, "and Lana Nusseibeh,” the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. “I am very comfortable speaking at the Munich Security Conference.”
      • Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina performance

        Perlman-Itzhak-c.-Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco-MW1RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another renowned musician has canceled a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Violinist Itzhak Perlman canceled his May 18 performance in Raleigh. Perlman was scheduled to perform with the North Carolina Symphony at the Meymandi Concert more...
      • How Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Developed His Chops Singing Motets by J.S. Bach

        ANNA WEBBER STUDIO ©2012Though Kurt Elling is one of the most well-loved and highly praised jazz singers of our time, he first developed his chops singing Bach motets. As Elling returned to his native Chicago for performances at City Winery, he spoke about how classical music has influenced him throughout his life. Though Elling confessed, “I never thought more...
      • 5 Hidden Gems By Classical Composers You Should Know

        Collection_of_Amethyst_GemstonesAll month long, WFMT is featuring hidden gems by composers you love and some who may be less familiar each day at 9:00 AM central. Enjoy these five hidden gems below, and tune in each day in May at 9:00 AM central at 98.7 FM or anywhere in the world from or our apps more...

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