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Max Richter’s ‘Voices’

December 10, 2020, 8:00 pm

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In a worldwide broadcast in honor of the UN Human Rights Day, this performance features narration in several languages of excerpts from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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A Tribute to John Williams

October 31, 2020, 5:00 pm

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Enjoy this performance of favorite film scores by multiple Oscar-winning composer John Williams presented by the New Philharmonic Orchestra of the College of DuPage. WFMT’s broadcast will include commentary from music director Kirk Muspratt.

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The Chen String Quartet Live

October 11, 2020, 3:00 pm

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In a live broadcast from Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, host Robbie Ellis welcomes CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen, violinist Laura Chen, and their children, violist Beatrice Chen and cellist Noah Chen. The concert includes Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10; Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; and Smetana’s String Quartet No. …

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Welz Kauffman: 20 Summers at Ravinia

October 5, 2020, 8:00 pm

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As his tenure as President and CEO of the Ravinia Festival comes to a close, Welz Kauffman sits down for an interview with WFMT’s general manager, George Preston. Kauffman recalls his most memorable Festival moments over 20 summers, and WFMT shares corresponding music.

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Sound the Shofar: An Ancient Instrument in Modern Times

September 20, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Discover the sounds of the shofar, in this program that explores an instrument made from a ram’s horn, that is heard around 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, and as inspiration for many classical composers. …

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Voices from the Silence

September 11, 2020, 8:00 pm

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Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Voices from the Silence by Ennio Morricone. The late Italian film and classical composer created this oratorio to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world. This performance was recorded in 2014.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Opera and the Law

July 19, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Recorded in Levin Studio in 2015, Lisa Flynn hosts a presentation by the Supreme Court Justice about the law, illustrated with music performed by artists from the Ryan Opera Center. READ MORE: 5 Operas the Notorious RBG wants you to know [Video]

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Muti conducts Ravenna Festival Opening Concert 2020

July 18, 2020, 2:20 pm

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In a triumphant return to live music, Maestro Riccardo Muti took to the stage last month to launch the Ravenna Festival in Northern Italy. Muti conducted the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and soprano Rosa Feola in a program of music by Scriabin and Mozart. READ MORE: From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

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Scriabin: Reverie

Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate

Mozart: “Et incarnatus est” from Great Mass in C Minor, K 427
Rosa Feola, soprano

Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C, Jupiter

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Lynn Harrell: Songs My Father Taught Me

June 21, 2020, 6:00 pm

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The distinguished cellist looks back on his own career and on that of his father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell. A WFMT Radio Network special produced by Louise Frank.