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A Toast to the City of Classical Music — Living a Musical Life in Vienna

By Louise Frank and Kerry Frumkin |

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There may be one city in the world that can be considered the capital of New Year’s celebrations and music, and that is Vienna, Austria. With their time-honored concerts, fireworks, and deep cultural traditions, the Viennese have turned these celebrations into an unsurpassed art form. We asked several classical artists to share why they love living in this venerable European city.

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Sound the Shofar!

By Kerry Frumkin and Louise Frank |

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The shofar, an instrument made from a ram’s horn, is heard in synagogues all over the world during the Jewish High Holidays. It has also been heard outside those confines for ages, as a call to battle, or a way for shepherds to summon their flocks.

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The science and the magic behind recording live, classical concerts

By Kerry Frumkin |

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Behind every classical recording and broadcast there’s an expert engineer, who combines sciences with, perhaps, a little magic.

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“My morning with Leontyne” | Kerry Frumkin in conversation with legendary soprano Leontyne Price

By Kerry Frumkin |

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Hear an interview with Leontyne Price recorded in 1987 after an appearance at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

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5 classical recordings everyone should hear (that sound better on vinyl)

By Kerry Frumkin |

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WFMT host Kerry Frumkin has picked 5 of his favorite classical recordings. But it’s better to listen to them on vinyl.

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In the age of earbuds, is vinyl the answer to better listening?

By Kerry Frumkin |

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Hearing is not the same as listening, and WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin suggests that in the digital age, vinyl might help us listen better.

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10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

By Kerry Frumkin, Lisa Flynn and Stephen Raskauskas |

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What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

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Chicago Composer Brings Recently Restored St. Stanislaus Kostka Church “Out of Darkness into Light”

By Kerry Frumkin and Stephen Raskauskas |

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“Restoration is an act of defiance against decay,” composer William Neil said. His new work, “Out of Darkness into Light,” celebrates the restoration of Chicago’s historic St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

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WFMT Host Kerry Frumkin’s Postcard From Europe

By Kerry Frumkin |

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For the last two weeks of September my wife Deb and I were treated to a cruise on the Rhine River thanks to YMT Vacations, one of WFMT’s loyal sponsors. Along with us were almost two-dozen WFMT listeners. The tour involved land transportation and sightseeing from Munich to Bonn, where we then boarded the A Rosa Viva for eight relaxing …