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Tonight at 9:30 pm, WFMT salutes those who serve our country by broadcasting a special concert: Shropshire Lads: World War I Poets and Composers of Great Britain. The broadcast features baritone John Brancy, pianist Peter Dugan, and poet John Wilkinson in a unique program that combines music and poetry by Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, and others. This more... more...
Think you know the great symphonies? How about a round of Name That Tune, symphony style? See if you can guess each symphony by their famous themes or other special moments in their scores. Click one of the four multiple choice options below for each of the 10 questions to see if you're a Symphonic Master or a Symphonic Slacker. more...
Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly became known for his autocratic and often idiosyncratic style. For anyone who has performed Mahler’s music, his close attention to detail is apparent in the more... more...
An audio sample of Round the creep of the wave line, by composers and musicians Boris Hauf and Keefe Jackson, the current Florasonic installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Anyone who has visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory has probably noticed there’s a lot to be seen and heard. Since 2002, the Experimental Sound Studio has more... more...
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When musicologist Ahmad Sarmast’s pioneering institute – open to girls and boys, women and men from all backgrounds – became a target, it nearly cost him his life. But the attack has only made him more determined
Keepsake stored in a gold locket is among Mozart and Beethoven memorabilia to be sold by Sotheby’s this week
A wisp of fair hair in a gold locket, curled around a note explaining that it came from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is expected to fetch up to £12,000 at auction this week.
By the time Mozart died aged 35, he had composed some of the greatest and best-loved music of all time, and the curl was treasured and handed down through the families of several musicians.Continue reading...
Conductor Sakaris Oramo showed Nielsen’s sixth symphony in its best light, while pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s Rachmaninov concerto was sure and sober
Nielsen’s sixth symphony, his last, composed in honour of his own 60th birthday celebrations in 1925, baffled the critics. Nine decades later the bewilderment shows little sign of abating. It’s a work that veers between bucolic exuberance, glittering brilliance and mystifying passive-aggressive outbursts. Every thread unravels, and even the most brazen moments undermine themselves, such as the jaunty Humoreske, whose mordant clarinet jibes and eerie horn blasts seem to discover the animal characters of Peter and the Wolf having eaten the wrong mushrooms.
Conductor Sakari Oramo’s willingness to embrace the music at face value showed the work in its best light, with heightened contrasts between the velvety strings and more strident brass and woodwind. It also helped that the symphony, in keeping with the other concerts of Oramo’s Nielsen cycle, was presented in strict historical context with Sibelius’s Tapiola, Rachmaninov’s fourth piano concerto and John Foulds’s April, England – all works that share in the great collapse of expressive self-confidence that assailed the European artistic ego in the wake of the first world war.Continue reading...
In her first major economic speech since the general election Nicola Sturgeon condemns the "scale and speed" of spending cuts planned by the UK government.
Irish airline Ryanair reports a 66% rise in net profit as falling oil prices and rising passenger numbers give the company a boost.
Ofgem announces it will investigate after figures reveal more than half a million pre-payment energy meters were forcibly installed in homes over the last six years.
Eddie Arruza and his panelists discuss the national trend of decriminalization of...
On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Eddie Arruza, Mayor Emanuel...
As Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pushes for a three percent...
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