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How well do you know movie music? Listen to the excerpts from the following famous film scores, and see if you can match the music to the correct movie. more...
Whether teaching the ABCs or addressing decidedly more grown-up topics, Sesame Street has expanded children's minds and hearts since its debut nearly fifty years ago. Many musicians have visited Sesame Street, introducing people of all ages to great music. There have been many inspiring musical moments on Sesame Street, but here are some of WFMT's favorites! more...
Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, but with her sense of humor. When Goerke posted a production photo from the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Siegfried, in which she plays the role more... more...
“The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, "My Lai," that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life. more...
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The acclaimed choreographer explains the origins of Strapless – his new ballet about Madame X, the It Girl of 19th-century Paris who was destroyed by a daring portrait
When I moved to New York 23 years ago, I started going to the Metropolitan Museum every Sunday. On my way to the American wing one day, I spotted this portrait by John Singer Sargent hanging in a stairwell, all on its own. The woman – Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau – looked magnetic, regal and modern. I started to revisit her quite often and wanted to know more. Then I came across the novel Strapless by Deborah Davis. It’s a mixture of fact and fiction, because little was written about Amélie at the time. I found Davis’s version enthralling.
Amélie was obviously charismatic: the kind of woman other women wanted to be like; the kind men wanted to be withContinue reading...
Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire him
How do you mostly listen to music?
Most of the time in my head! And sometimes at home, especially on vinyl records. I love the vinyl sound. The revival in recent years is really exciting.
What was the first ever record or CD you bought?
My first ever CD was Gidon Kremer and Valery Afanassiev playing the three Brahms violin sonatas and the Busoni sonata. What an inspiring record.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester Camerata and stars of the acid-house era party like it’s 1989 in a messy and euphoric celebration of the legendary superclub
Hacienda Classical is the sort of idea a raver might come up with after a mad one: take the tunes once played in Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club in the acid house “summers of love” and recreate them with a 70-piece orchestra and choir. Thus, a stone’s throw from the original building (now a block of flats), original DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering line up with the Manchester Camerata. There’s a cultural clash as the usually sedate venue plays host to whistling ravers, and has hard-faced bouncers on the door. Veteran Moss Side rapper MC Tunes’ rambling introduction may or may not include the words “nice one, top one, sorted” because he’s totally unintelligible.
It’s an early warning of a deeper problem with the sound, so bad it could be coming through the remnants of the club’s infamous original system, recovered from a skip. A muffled aural soup of mainly bass drum struggles to drown out the crowd, while the orchestra are so inaudible they could be equally playing Beethoven or the Teletubbies theme.Continue reading...
David Cameron is to set out a major overhaul of how prisons in England and Wales are run, in a speech billed as the first on prisons by a British PM for 20 years.
Parts of Britain are hit by high winds and heavy rain as Storm Imogen moves in, causing travel disruption and power cuts.
A huge new gas plant which will service the West of Shetland region and supply up to 2 million homes is fired up by Total.
On this week’s edition of "The Week In Review" with Joel Weisman, the Chicago Teachers...
Over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that O'Hare Airport would get a long...
Chicago teachers took to the streets Thursday to protest $100 million in new cuts being...
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Tour Vienna next May! Join Carl Grapentine in exploring some of his favorite musical sites, attending performances, and sightseeing. Then on to Salzburg!
Cruise along the Rhine River thru Germany and The Netherlands next September! Join Kerry Frumkin and fellow WFMT listeners "River Cruising along the Rhine" in the heart of Germany and The Netherlands on YMT Vacations' 14-day Rhine River Cruise and Tour next September.
Embark on a music-lovers cruise! Join Peter van de Graaff on an exclusive 10 day classical music lovers cruise on Oceania Cruises' Marina to Spain and Portugal.
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