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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...

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      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...

      From the Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute

      Saturday, February 28 at 12:00 pm The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Toby Spence as Tamino, Miah Persson as Pamina, Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro, and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night. Adam Fischer conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this well-received performance from fall 2014. more...

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      Why the male domination of classical music might be coming to an end

      For decades – no, make that centuries – the classical music world has sidelined women, if not ignored them completely. But the balance may be finally shifting

      In a studio at Morley College in south London, a group of teenagers are learning how to stand. Some postures naturally convey authority; something as basic as a different way of walking can establish the impression of control. The first time a conductor meets an orchestra, first impressions are all-important; she has, after all, to persuade a large group of musicians to follow her instructions.

      That’s right: her instructions. Last year Morley College initiated an introductory course at which young female music students could have a try at conducting for the first time. The event was among a number of constructive responses to increasing anger about the under-representation of women in parts of the classical music world.

      Related: Sexism is rife in classical music

      Related: Marin Alsop, conductor of Last Night of the Proms, on sexism in classical music

      Related: March of the women: discovering classical music's forgotten voices

      Related: Women are held back in classical music, says Southbank Centre director

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      CBSO/Nelsons review – every tangled strand of their instrumental writing was teased out

      Symphony Hall, Birmingham
      The conductor’s sense of line through the slow movement was immaculate, and his control of the huge finale unfaltering Continue reading...






      The Indian Queen review – Lucy Crowe’s singing brings Purcell into focus

      Coliseum, London
      Stylised violence, stylish conducting and extended ballets combine in this adaptation of an unfinished work by Purcell, resulting in a fragmentary but sometimes glorious night at the ENO

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