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Stream Music by Puerto Rico’s Greatest Composers

By Daniel Goldberg |

Explore music of Puerto Rico’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Puerto Rico weekdays from June 12-16 through daily segments that air at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm on WFMT. Find each segment below after it airs, and discover more Latin American …

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KAIA Kids Around the World: The Music of Uruguay

By Stephen Raskauskas |

WFMT is proud to present KAIA Kids Around the World, a new web series that explores music from across the globe. As WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, KAIA String Quartet is taking WFMT fans on musical adventures throughout Latin America from May – July 2017. With nine different stops throughout Latin America, KAIA is exploring the music of Uruguay May …

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KAIA Quartet Plays Haydn’s String Quartet

By Stephen Raskauskas |

KAIA String Quartet joined comedian Robbie Ellis, singer Bethany Thomas, and storyteller Jack Zimmerman for the inaugural WFMT Cabaret at Uptown Underground. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble-in-residence, is dedicated to sharing Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. During the cabaret, the quartet played pieces from several centuries, including works by Astor Piazzolla and Joaquín Turina, that share …

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Forget Coffee: This Afternoon Raga Is Exactly What You Need to Get You Through Your Midday Slump

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Sitarist Gaurv Mazumdar has been making music since he was a child, though first as a singer and violinist. Later, he began studying sitar with Pandit Ravi Shankar. Since, he has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians from different traditions, from internationally acclaimed veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh to legendary composer Philip Glass. In 2004, Mazumdar was nominated for a …

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The Film Score: Music for Oscar Week 2017

By Michael San Gabino |

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips returns to WFMT to present Music for Oscar Week 2017 following the success of our month-long film score series in 2016 and Veterans Day special. Each day throughout Oscar week, Phillips shares music from movie musicals that have received or been nominated for Academy Awards. Starting with The Broadway Melody, the first motion picture …

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VIDEO: Why Stewart Copeland, Police Founding Member/Drummer, Has Turned to Composing Opera

By Stephen Raskauskas |

You may know Stewart Copeland as a founding member of the band the Police, but did you know he’s also composed works for orchestra, ballets, and even operas? His music has also been featured in countless films and even video games. With such an incredibly diverse output, what has inspired this chart-topping composer and musician to create new operas? In …

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Be the First to Know Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2017-18 Line-Up of Operas, Concerts, and More

By Andi Lamoreaux |

A new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, in partnership with the Joffrey Ballet, and the second installment of Wagner’s Ring, will highlight the 2017-2018 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Lyric general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis announced the new season today at the Civic Opera House. Orphée will be presented in French beginning September …

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Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky Explains Her Holistic Approach to Learning Opera’s Most Demanding Roles

By Stephen Raskauskas |

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky proved she is one of opera’s reigning queens when, during a single season, she performed three of the most difficult bel canto roles at the Metropolitan Opera: the title roles in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda as well as the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky is getting ready to perform the title role in …