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Carl's Morning Quiz: The Viennese composer Emil von Reznicek was born on this date in 1860--155 years ago today. His compositions include 5 symphonies, a violin concerto, chamber music, and operas. Today he is best remembered for the overture to his opera Donna Diana. The overture served as the theme music for an American radio, and later, television series. What was the name of either series? Answer >>
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by learning more about Mexico’s most celebrated composers of the past and present. Program Host Candice Agree and Interactive Content Producer Stephen Raskauskas have picked 5 Mexican composers you should know because of their incredible contributions to the world of music. Read more about some of Mexico’s most influential composers below, and more... more...
World-renowned pianist Lang Lang spoke with WFMT about his only Chicago appearance this season – a one-night-only concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Read more about his program, which includes Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Bach’s Italian Concerto, and Chopin’s Scherzi, in the interview below. And, tune in to 98.7 WFMT or stream online every more... more...
“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot famously wrote. But May is here, and what better way to welcome this merry month than with music? Here are six songs to help you say goodbye to April showers and say hello to May flowers, all of which you can hear on the Morning Program with Carl more... more...
By The Associated Press The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has played a free outside concert in the city as tensions appear to be easing after the riots. The symphony played around lunchtime and dozens of people gathered and sang the national anthem as the orchestra played along. The concert is part of the city’s efforts to more... more...
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The Czech conductor guides his compatriot’s lesser-known opera of romantic tragedy to a rapturous climax Continue reading...
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City Halls/Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Brilliantly eclectic experimental festival whose highlight was the glowing, graceful and intensely quiet and detailed music of Eliane Radigue
Rapt, intensely subtle, exquisitely slow, the music of Eliane Radigue was the heart and soul of this year’s Tectonics festival. The 82-year-old French composer was a pioneer of electronic music in the 1950s and for decades only produced synthesiser sound-art, but it was her recent acoustic series Occam Occean that featured in two concerts here, with playing of virtuosic control from harpist Rhodri Davies, bassoonist Dafne Vincente-Sandoval, cellist Charles Curtis and tuba-player Robin Hayward.
They dovetailed ultra-quiet sounds to reveal infinite gradations of pitch, timbre and overtones, culminating in a glowing, graceful quartet. Radigue’s message is uplifting: slow down, listen in close and marvel at the radiant colours contained in the detail. Occam Occean was an enlightened stroke of programming, if only because it magnified every molecule of every piece heard subsequently. (The microscope was more welcome in some cases than others, but still.)Continue reading...
Party leaders are criss-crossing the UK appealing to undecided voters in key seats as the general election campaign enters its final two days.
Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat sank south of Sicily, the Save the Children aid group says.
Gerard 'Jock' Davison, a former senior IRA figure in Belfast, is shot dead near the city centre.
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An Exclusive Classical Music Tour through the City of Lights with WFMT! Join Carl Grapentine and fellow opera lovers in May as we tour our favorite European opera destinations in Paris.
WFMT Santa Fe Opera Tour Join Carl Grapentine and other fellow opera lovers this August as we tour one of our favorite domestic opera destinations in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Discover the Best of Scandinavia this August! Join Peter van de Graaff on this exclusive classical music journey to Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Discover the incomparable beauty of Italy's history, culture and art! Join Suzanne Nance for an incredible journey to Italy.
Join Bill McGlaughlin for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Budapest, Vienna and Prague!
China Tour and Yangtze River Cruise Join WFMT listeners on a legendary China tour and Yangtze River cruise!
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