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Carl's Morning Quiz
Carl's Morning Quiz: Composer/conductor John Williams was born on this date in 1932--he's 84 today. John Williams composed many of the most popular film scores in film history: Jaws, the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., and the first three Harry Potter films, to name just a few. He has won 5 Oscars, 4 Golden Globes, and 22 Grammys. He has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards. Who conducted the opening and closing titles for John Williams' newest Star Wars film--The Force Awakens? Answer >>
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...
“The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, "My Lai," that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life. more...
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It was one of opera’s most celebrated performances of 2015 – Jonas Kaufmann’s all-Puccini gala concert at La Scala, Milan, with arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West. “Jonas Kaufmann conquers La Scala,” declared La Stampa. Now you can see it, when it is broadcast in cinemas in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and across Europe, and enjoy the singer the New York Times called “the most important, versatile tenor of his generation”. As a taster, we have an exclusive clip from the concert of Kaufmann singing Cavaradossi’s opening aria from Tosca, Recondita armonia, featuring the Filarmonica della Scala under conductor Jochen Rieder
- Jonas Kaufmann: an Evening with Puccini opens in cinemas worldwide on 11 February. Find your nearest screening and book here
Equity union says proposed pay and job cuts amount to ‘cultural vandalism’ that threatens company’s artistic future
Members of English National Opera’s 44-strong chorus are to be balloted for industrial action after being threatened with four redundancies and a pay cut of at least 25%.
The union Equity said ENO management wanted to renegotiate contracts, which would threaten more than its members’ pay and job security. Hilary Hadley, the union’s head of live performance, said the deal amounted to “cultural vandalism” which threatened the opera company’s entire artistic future.Continue reading...
Vocal works by Holloway and Hillborg were beautifully performed by US soprano Renée Fleming and the BBCSO under Sakari Oramo
Appropriately for a singer who speaks excellent French, the first was C’Est l’Extase, a sequence of 10 settings by Debussy of the poet Paul Verlaine, “arranged, linked, and scored with an epilogue by Robin Holloway”, as the published score puts it – though a couple were omitted in this performance.
More than 15,000 homes are without power and travel is disrupted as Storm Imogen brings heavy rain and winds of up to 96mph to parts of Britain.
The Continuity IRA says it carried out a fatal shooting at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin on Friday, and will carry out further attacks on "criminals".
David Cameron rejects claims he is "scaremongering" by saying that the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais could move to England if the UK leaves the EU.
On this week’s edition of "The Week In Review" with Joel Weisman, the Chicago Teachers...
Over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that O'Hare Airport would get a long...
Chicago teachers took to the streets Thursday to protest $100 million in new cuts being...
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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.
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