Dizzy Gillespie (6/2/1982)

October 20, 2017, 11:00 pm

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina on October 21, 1917.  The ground-breaking Jazz trumpet player was Studs Terkel’s guest in this original WFMT program from June 1982.

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Kontras Quartet

October 16, 2017, 8:00 pm

Kontras, WFMT’s Ensemble-In-Residence, joins us in performance for this Live From WFMT broadcast with a program entitled “Roots” – classical music that references folk styles. Kontras Quartet Dmitri Pogorelov, violin Francois Henkins, violin Ben Weber, viola Jean Hatmaker, cello


5 German Dances, D. 90: No.1 3

String Quartet op.76 no.1: I. Allegro con spirito

String Quartet No. 1: II. Andante Cantabile

String Quartet in F major, K590: IV. Allegro

Jay Greenberg

H. Villa-Lobos
Quartet #5 “Quartetto Popular”: I. Poco andantino

5 Novelettes: I. Alla spagnuola: Allegretto

3 pieces for String Quartet: I

Romanian Folk dances (arr. Jean Hatmaker)

String Quartet No. 1: IV. Allegro marziale



String Quartet in F Major “American”: IV. Finale

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Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American Composer

October 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

Miguel Del Águila

Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output.  We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble.


Conga-Line in Hell, by Miguel Del Águila

Camerata de las Americas, Joel Sachs (conductor)

Tango Trio, by Miguel Del Águila

TransAtlantic Ensemble

Submerged, by Miguel Del Águila

Hat Trick Trio

Silence, by Miguel Del Águila

TransAtlantic Ensemble

Nocturne, by Miguel Del Águila

TransAtlantic Ensemble

Concierto en Tango, by Miguel Del Águila

Roman Mekinulov (cello), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

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Lyric Opera’s Rigoletto

The Court Jester returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago. Highlights will be heard by Daniela Dessi, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau and Renata Scotto. Rigoletto’s solo scene will be sung by the great Verdi baritone Leonard Warren.

John Eliot Gardiner (2/20/1989)

October 13, 2017, 11:00 pm

British conductor John Eliot Gardiner is a rather unique figure in the world of music. His interest is primarily Baroque music, and he founded the Montiverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. A 1989 tour with these ensembles brought him to Chicago, and this conversation with Studs Terkel.

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Robert Chen & George Vatchnadze

October 9, 2017, 8:00 pm

Robert Chen

Violinist and CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen along with pianist George Vatchnadze join us live in the Levin Studio with a program of Mozart, Ravel, Brahms and Kreisler.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat Major K454
Maurice Ravel 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major
Johannes Brahms  
Sonata for Piano and Violin no. 3 in d minor op. 108
Fritz Kreisler    
Maurice Ravel

Interviewing the Interviewer (1/16/1967)

October 6, 2017, 11:00 pm

On January 16, 1967, two of Studs Terkel’s friends,  newspaperman and biographer Herman Kogan and author and journalist Mike Royko, surprised Studs by showing up in the WFMT studio as he was about to go on the air. Whatever Studs had planned for his program that day went by the wayside as the visiting pair of veteran writers interviewed him …

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Orion Ensemble

October 2, 2017, 8:00 pm

Orion Ensemble

The Orion Ensemble returns to the Levin Performance Studio with a program entitled A Beautiful Oboe and Friends.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
QUARTET in F Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello K. 370/368b
Rondeau: Allegro

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
QUINTET for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Bass, Op. 39 (1924)
Moderato: Theme and Variations
Andante energico
Allegro sostenuto, con brio
Adagio pesante
Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Bass Oboe and Cello, K. 292/196c
Rondo: Allegro

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
QUINTET in A Major (“Trout”) for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano, Op. 114, D. 667
Allegro vivace
Scherzo: Presto
Thema con variazioni: Andantino
Allegro giusto

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Spain and Latin America on Six-Strings

September 30, 2017, 7:00 pm


Spain and Latin America are the homeland of the guitar. Nurtured by the Spanish inheritance as well as the African sense of rhythm and the Native American melodies, Latin American guitar music has given a treasure of music to the world. Fiesta features a selection of works music reflecting different roots and tendencies in the music for the guitar.


The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla

Agustín Carlevaro, guitar

Volavérunt by Eduardo Morales Caso

Dúo Sonidos

Four Pieces for Four Guitars by Guido Sánchez‐Portuguez

Dúo Sonidos

Plegaria y Canto al Borde de la Mar by Carlos Rafael Rivera

Cavatina Duo; Desireé Ruthstrat, violin

Sobo a traditional song

Frantz Casseus, guitar

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Lyric Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

This opera’s justly famous aria “J’ai perdu mon Euridice” in French or “Che faro senza Euridice” in Italian is heard by soprano Maria Callas, tenor Juan Diego Florez, mezzo‐soprano Rita Gorr, flautist James Galway and contralto Kathleen Ferrier.


Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, “Che faro senza Euridice?”
James Galway with the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Klauspeter Seibel
Recorded in London in 2004
DGG B0003024‐02

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice, “J’ai perdu mon Eurydice”
Maria Callas with the National Orchestra of the R.D. F.
Conducted by Georges Pretre
Recorded in Paris in 1961
EMI CDM 7 63182 2

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, “Che faro senza Euridice?”
Kathleen Ferrier with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Stiedry
Recorded in London in 1947
DECCA 478 3594

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice, “J’ai perdu mon Euridice”
Juan Diego Florez with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conducted by Carlo Rizzi
Recorded in Milan in 2003
DECCA B0003136‐02

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice, “J’ai perdu mon Euridice”
Rita Gorr with the the National Theater Orchestra of the Paris Opera Conducted by Andre Cluytens
Recorded in Paris in 1959