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      Carl's Morning Quiz: The opera Carmen by Georges Bizet had its first performance on this date, March 3, 1875 in Paris. The premiere at the Opera-Comique was not a success. And Bizet died suddenly three months later, never knowing of its world-wide success. In 1954, a film was made—based on a Broadway play—updating the story of Carmen to 1940s Chicago. What is the name of this adaptation? Answer >>

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      The Signature Series comes to WFMT  “The key signatures of music are kind of like the signs of the zodiac,” explains Paolo Pietropaolo. “If you take all the music in a given key, you’ll discover certain characteristics,” just as people born under certain signs of the zodiac are thought to share similar personality traits. From more... more...

      San Francisco Symphony in Concert

      Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 pm Kirill Karabits conducts the San Francisco Symphony in this concert with violinist Alexander Barantschik and violist Jonathan Vinocour. The program includes Honegger’s Pacific 231, Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto, Sibelius’ Symphony #2, and an encore of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #2. more...

      Live Long and Prosper: Leonard Nimoy

      WFMT remembers the distinguished actor, director, and author, Leonard Nimoy, who joined Lisa Flynn in 2008 to share music and memories. This rebroadcast was produced by Louise Frank. more...

      Ryan Opera Center Recital Series: Voices of the Persecuted

      Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm (repeats Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 pm) This month’s Ryan Opera Center recital will feature works by Srul Irving Glick, Viktor Ullmann, and an aria from Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, being presented at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performing in this recital, recorded in WFMT’s Levin Studio: Julie Miller, more... more...

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      Simon Rattle: new concert hall was not precondition for accepting LSO job

      Rattle, who takes over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, denies appointment was dependent on venue being built

      Sir Simon Rattle has said that his return to the UK as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra is not dependent on a new concert hall being built in the capital.

      After a lengthy courtship, Rattle will take up his new role at the LSO in September 2017, as he sees out his tenure in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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      The Guardian view on Simon Rattle’s return to Britain: striking a chord

      The London Symphony Orchestra has made an important choice for the arts in general, not just for music Continue reading...






      Working with Simon Rattle has been the best music education of my life

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