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Everyone loves the music of Fryderyk Chopin, Poland’s most well-known composer. But, how many other Polish composers do you know? Learn more about Poland’s best composers from one of Poland’s best composers: Marta Ptaszyńska more...
How well do you know movie music? Listen to the excerpts from the following famous film scores, and see if you can match the music to the correct movie. more...
Whether teaching the ABCs or addressing decidedly more grown-up topics, Sesame Street has expanded children's minds and hearts since its debut nearly fifty years ago. Many musicians have visited Sesame Street, introducing people of all ages to great music. There have been many inspiring musical moments on Sesame Street, but here are some of WFMT's favorites! more...
Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, but with her sense of humor. When Goerke posted a production photo from the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Siegfried, in which she plays the role more... more...
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Despite a glorious Magic Flute revival, a new artistic director of the stricken opera company will face some hard decisions
Last week English National Opera advertised for an artistic director. Applications close on Wednesday. Get your skates on if you have a “broadly ranging knowledge of opera” and can “lead an artistic vision”. Headhunters are not known for their prose. I hope this lax job description does not reflect the sharp thinking of Cressida Pollock, ENO chief executive, or Mark Wigglesworth, music director, in their search for the missing part of their triumvirate. This is the job John Berry, working with a different team and structure, left last summer.
“Deep” rather than “broad” experience of opera might help, together with a thorough grasp of music (a word not used in the brief). It is vital for ENO’s newcomer to understand with ears and gut, not just because the music department has to plead why a regular chorus and orchestra are essential; why a work may need extra rehearsal time; why singers need vocal support from a set design or, when singing upside down from the flies, must be able to see the conductor. The rumour mill assumes that a choice has been made. This is the last chance for a maverick to jump in. Expect an announcement soon.Continue reading...
Inspired by the journey of the Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón around Europe, Trevor Pinnock has assembled a quirky and intensely personal collection spanning two centuries of music and revisiting his career: Byrd and Bull pieces he discovered when he was 13, Bach’s lyrical Sixth French Suite and Handel’s great G major Chaconne, rounded off with a trilogy of Scarlatti sonatas. At the recital’s heart is a wonderfully wistful account of Sweelinck’s deeply touching variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End, as if Pinnock is bidding farewell to his creative performing life – but let’s hope there is more to come from this supremely musical player.Continue reading...
Renowned for their recordings of Tallis and Bruckner, the Tenebrae Consort, drawn from Nigel Short’s equally celebrated Tenebrae Choir, here bring the same perfect technique and miraculous sense of ensemble to 22 instantly attractive songs and arrangements by Bob Chilcott, Short’s colleague from their days in the King’s Singers. In an hour of exquisite singing we are taken from the seductive heights of En la Macarenita and Fascinating Rhythm to the dreamy romance of Walton’s Touch Her Soft Lips and Chilcott’s own classic song of love and devotion, Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars. Kick your shoes off, sit back and enjoy.Continue reading...
The four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager die in a car crash in Sweden.
The death of one of the most conservative members of the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, sparks a battle for its control.
Police in Greece say they have arrested two British nationals and one British resident for transporting weapons and ammunition allegedly for use in terrorist activities.
Eddie Arruza and his guests discuss the week’s news. ...
The Illinois budget situation has been bad for a long time, but the current eight-month...
Very rarely are there close votes in the Chicago City Council, long criticized as a...
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Tour Vienna next May! Join Carl Grapentine in exploring some of his favorite musical sites, attending performances, and sightseeing. Then on to Salzburg!
Cruise along the Rhine River thru Germany and The Netherlands next September! Join Kerry Frumkin and fellow WFMT listeners "River Cruising along the Rhine" in the heart of Germany and The Netherlands on YMT Vacations' 14-day Rhine River Cruise and Tour next September.
Embark on a music-lovers cruise! Join Peter van de Graaff on an exclusive 10 day classical music lovers cruise on Oceania Cruises' Marina to Spain and Portugal.