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Today the world is remembering the life and work of writer and director Mike Nichols, who died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 83. In a career that spanned over six decades, he won nine Tony Awards and an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1967 blockbuster "The Graduate." Around the offices of WFMT, Mike Nichols is remembered for being among the pioneering forces in the early days of this radio station more...
By the time John Corigliano presented his First Symphony in 1990, America had witnessed years of hate speech directed at those most vulnerable to AIDS. AIDS patients lived in fear of persecution. Their right to privacy was pitted against a perceived threat to public safety, while research and public education were only just beginning to make inroads against the disease. more...
Remember John Madden's film Shakespeare in Love in which men had to play all the women's roles due to Elizabethan standards of decency? In opera, that tradition swings both directions. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has captured the imaginations of many composers; the story is timeless, even as a readers' biases change – and they've changed a lot. When Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli composed his opera on Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo e Giulietta (1796), his image of Romeo more...
Eric Owens has the versatility and commanding stage presence that make a company want to choose operas with meaty roles that he can sing. He was the title character in Handel's Hercules at Lyric in 2011. He sang the role of Rusalka's father, Vodnik, last season, and stars in Porgy and Bess, which opens Monday more...
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Three terrorism suspects were involved in a plot to behead a member of the British public "imminently" when they were arrested, a court hears.
Sheffield United announce they have retracted their offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans use their training facilities.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan is accused of anti-Semitism over comments to a national newspaper in defence of boss Malky Mackay.
A Chicago property tax hike is avoided this year, but get ready for a host of other...
Residents in Chicago and the suburbs complain that changes to takeoff and landing...
Although we live in an age of openness and awareness, mental illness is a largely...
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Join Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff next May on an exclusive classical music cruise down the Danube. Celebrate the genius of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.
An Exclusive Classical Music Tour through the City of Lights with WFMT! Join Carl Grapentine and fellow opera lovers next May as we tour our favorite European opera destinations in Paris.
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Argerich & Barenboim
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3922
Dances for Piano & Orchestra
Reference Recordings RR-134
Schumann: Complete Symphonies
Berlin Philharmonic Recordings (2 CDs & Blu-ray Disc)
Music of Timothy Corpus
Carlock Records CD
1001 Afternoons in Chicago
Access Contemporary Music CD