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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Soprano Mirella Freni was born in Modena, Italy on this date in 1935—she is 80 years old today. Another great opera star was born in that same town a little more than seven months later. Their mothers were friends and worked together. Who was the other great operatic star born in Modena in 1935? Answer >>


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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...

      A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Friday, February 27 at 8:00 pm From WQXR/WNYC in New York comes this Black History Month special highlighting the vital significance of music in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and throughout the turbulent 1960s civil-rights movement. Terrance McKnight hosts this inspiring program, in which he shares music samples and portions of Dr. more... more...

      The New York Philharmonic This Week

      Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 pm The New York Phil’s music director Alan Gilbert conducts with renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Also hear Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique. Buchbinder, a Czech native, has been a fixture on the classical music scene for a very long time — he was admitted more... more...

      San Francisco Symphony in Concert featuring Marc-André Hamelin

      Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 pm David Robertson conducts the San Francisco Symphony in this concert that features pianist Marc-André Hamelin. The program includes Carter’s Variations for Orchestra, Ravel’s Left-Hand Piano Concerto in D, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel’s La Valse, and an encore of Dutilleux’ Symphony No. 2. Award-winning pianist Marc-André Hamelin is a more... more...

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      Romantic Cello Concertos, Vol 6

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      Beethoven, Period.

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