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      Carl's Morning Quiz: The opera Carmen by Georges Bizet had its first performance on this date, March 3, 1875 in Paris. The premiere at the Opera-Comique was not a success. And Bizet died suddenly three months later, never knowing of its world-wide success. In 1954, a film was made—based on a Broadway play—updating the story of Carmen to 1940s Chicago. What is the name of this adaptation? Answer >>

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      The Signature Series with Paolo Pietropaolo (New Feature!)

      Weekdays at 6:00 pm from March 3 through April 3 From CBC-Radio Canada comes this short-form series of engaging four-minute segments that will air each weeknight. Host Paolo Pietropaolo likens classical music key signatures to “signs of the Zodiac, [displaying] certain characteristics that define the kind of person that you are.” He then asks, “Which more... more...

      Live Long and Prosper: Leonard Nimoy

      WFMT remembers the distinguished actor, director, and author, Leonard Nimoy, who joined Lisa Flynn in 2008 to share music and memories. This rebroadcast was produced by Louise Frank. more...

      Ryan Opera Center Recital Series: Voices of the Persecuted

      Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm (repeats Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 pm) This month’s Ryan Opera Center recital will feature works by Srul Irving Glick, Viktor Ullmann, and an aria from Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, being presented at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performing in this recital, recorded in WFMT’s Levin Studio: Julie Miller, more... more...

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts

      Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 pm Hear Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos featuring soloists from the orchestra and conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, who also plays harpsichord. Recorded at Symphony Center last November. From the CSO’s website about this performance: “Among Bach’s most beloved and celebrated works, his six Brandenburg Concertos demonstrate some of the most daring and innovative more... more...

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