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      Carl's Morning Quiz: William Shakespeare was born on this date in in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564—450 years ago today. Next week, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre will open a production of the same Shakespeare play which launched Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in 1986. What is it? Answer >>


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      A Conductor for the 21st Century

      Mexican maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto is getting a lot of attention from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra's audience seems to love him, he's great with kids, and speaks Spanish—all important assets for the CSO, as the organization works to engage the greater Chicago community. When it comes to the importance of acknowledging a community's diverse population, Prieto not only gets it more...

      The Many Lives of Shakespeare

      People are always saying William Shakespeare is the greatest English language writer. Did you know he translates well, too? Giuseppe Verdi supposedly kept the complete Shakespeare (in Italian) beside his bed. This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin explores the synergies between Shakespeare's words and different composers around the world more...

      Pianist Says ‘Technically Simple’ Can Be the Hardest

      Valencian pianist Josu de Solaun offers perspective on what makes a piece hard. The "Rach 3," the Third Piano Concerto of Sergei Rachmaninoff is famous for having fistfuls of notes; it was written to be played by the huge hands of the composer himself at Carnegie Hall more...

      Earth Day 2014: A Composer’s Habitat

      One only has to hear Vivaldi's Goldfinch Concerto from 1728, or selections from John Dowland's 16th century songbooks to know that the celebration of nature is as old as the hills. Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day 2014. WFMT's celebration will include Richard Strauss's epic tone poem An Alpine Symphony more...

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      From Japan, a Jazzy Interpretation of Gershwin

      The New York Philharmonic played a Gershwin and Bernstein program featuring the pianist Makoto Ozone at Avery Fisher Hall.

      Telling Stories, From ‘Beowulf’ to the Hobo Life

      The composer David Lang is organizing Carnegie Hall’s six-concert series “collected stories,” at Zankel Hall. Tuesday’s program paired medieval and modern works.

      Review: Conductor Rescues a Puccini Classic

      “Manon Lescaut,” which has had several recent productions, has something to offer to those who love Puccini and to those who don’t.

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