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      Weekdays at 6:00 pm from March 3 through April 3 From CBC-Radio Canada comes this short-form series of engaging four-minute segments that will air each weeknight. Host Paolo Pietropaolo likens classical music key signatures to “signs of the Zodiac, [displaying] certain characteristics that define the kind of person that you are.” He then asks, “Which more... more...

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      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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      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...

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      Simon Rattle appointed music director of London Symphony Orchestra

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      Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed as the music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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