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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Composer Kurt Weill was born on this date in 1900 and died at the age of 50. After studying with Ferrucio Busoni in Berlin, he taught theory and composition to Claudio Arrau and Maurice Abravanel. Turning to more popular music, his stage productions included The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and The Seven Deadly Sins. His best known work, The Threepenny Opera, written with Bertolt Brecht, was a re-working of what work by the English author John Gay? Answer >>


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      30 Under 30

      Friday, February 27 throughout the day WFMT has long encouraged and showcased up-and-coming young classical musicians – notably on the weekly series Introductions, and on From the Top. Today, tune in as we bring you recordings by 30 exciting young artists under 30 who are making themselves heard in a big way in Chicago and more... 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...

      Folkstage: John Roberts and Debra Cowan

      Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 pm Host Rich Warren welcomes performers John Roberts and Debra Cowan for an engaging live broadcast from WFMT’s Levin Studio. John and Debra “firmly believe that folk music is not a spectator sport. They can turn any audience into a chorale by patiently teaching sometimes complicated and often tongue-tying choruses, more... more...

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