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      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts: Muti with New Music

      Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 pm A CSO ReSound retrospective broadcast will feature music by the CSO’s two composers-in-residence, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, conducted by music director Riccardo Muti. Clyne calls Night Ferry “a sonic portrait of voyages; voyages within nature and of physical, mental, and emotional states.” Bates calls Alternative Energy “an energy more... more...

      A New Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago

      Saturday, January 24 at 7:15 pm A new production of Puccini’s Tosca opens this week at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with three singers making their company debuts in the leading roles: Tatiana Serjan as Tosca, Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia. “Tosca, an impulsive opera star,” says Lyric, “is in love with more... more...

      Celebrating CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti

      Friday, January 30 throughout the day Tune in for this all-day tribute to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic and charming music director Riccardo Muti, partially curated by the Maestro himself. Recordings of his work and of his influences will air throughout the day, including recordings from the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize concert that have not more... more...

      A Day with Puccini

      Saturday, January 24 throughout the day Today, WFMT focuses on all things Giacomo Puccini with a variety of offerings celebrating the work of the great Italian opera composer. Join us at 12:00 noon for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Bohème, with Jean-François Borras as Rodolfo, Kristine Opolais as Mimi, Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello and more... more...

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