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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is the 90th birthday of composer, conductor, pianist, and writer, Pierre Boulez. As a conductor he served as musical advisor to the Cleveland Orchestra, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, music director of the New York Philharmonic and, later, as principal guest conductor of the CSO where he is now conductor emeritus. In 1976 he founded a chamber orchestra in Paris devoted to new music. What is the name of this group? Answer >>


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      WFMT Backstage with the CSO on Boulez’s Birthday

      To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Pierre Boulez, WFMT went backstage with musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to hear some of their favorite memories of working with this illustrious conductor, composer, and musician. Few know Boulez better than these musicians. Watch the video below to learn how working with Boulez impacted the players and more... more...

      Happy Birthday, Boulez!

      Today, WFMT celebrates composer, conductor, and musician Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday. Boulez, who was recently awarded a 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of the most influential figures in modern music. In addition to celebrating the music of Boulez with us on the air, enjoy three podcasts of Boulez in conversation at the WFMT more... more...

      Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili Performs Rach 2 with SF Symphony

      On tonight’s San Francisco Symphony Radio Broadcast, conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads performances of Scriabin’s Reverie, Op. 24 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 featuring pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Then, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads performances of Debussy’s Jeux and La Mer, with an encore of Prokofiev’s  Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 44. Tune in at 8:00 pm central. For more information more... more...

      Lyric Risings Stars Concert 2015

      WFMT broadcasts the 2015 Rising Starts Concert at Lyric Opera, a showcase performed by members of the 2014-2015 Ensemble of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The concert was performed and recorded on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7:30 – 10:30 pm at the more... more...

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