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With Heart and Voice | A Christmas Celebration

December 22, 2019, 6:00 am

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As we approach Christmas Eve, we’ll begin the festivities with music to celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child on this edition of With Heart and Voice. Tune in as Peter DuBois shares sacred choral and organ treasures of the season.

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Christmas Around the World

December 20, 2019, 6:30 pm

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Candice Agree scours performances from the European Broadcasting Union and from commercial recordings to find seasonal music from far and wide. More information

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Handel’s Messiah, Part I

December 19, 2019, 2:00 pm

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The Christmas section of Handel’s great oratorio is performed by the Baroque-specialist musicians of Tafelmusik.

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Whole Notes: Music of Healing and Peace

December 13, 2019, 8:00 pm

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On December 13, WFMT premieres Whole Notes: Music of Healing and Peace, a special program hosted by Kerry Frumkin that looks at the gun violence epidemic in America through the lens of classical music. This response to violence in our world – notably, gun violence – will include performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a look at the Notes for Peace …

Playlist

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, by J.S. Bach
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello 

Sonata in E Major for flute and piano, by J.S. Bach
Alexandria Hoffman, flute; Pei-yeh Tsai, piano 

“I Miss You, Tyrell,” by Pamela Bosley with Rex Horan and Sara Lee
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano; Notes for Peace Ensemble 

The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, by Joel Thompson
University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club; Eugene Rodgers, director 

“Red,” from the opera Future Perfect, by David Shenton, libretto by Christine Steyer
Christine Steyer, soprano; Marta Johnson, piano 

“Hurricane,” by Delphine Cherry with Rex Horan, and Sara Lee
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano; Notes for Peace Ensemble

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Marc-André Hamelin in recital at Northwestern University

October 28, 2019, 8:00 pm

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In May, the acclaimed pianist gave a recital at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music as part of its Skyline Piano Artist Series

Playlist

J.S. Bach (arr. Busoni): Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

Weissenberg: Six Arrangements of Songs Sung by Charles Trénet

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Cipressi (Cypresses)

Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61

Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54

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Chicago’s Music of the Baroque performs Bach’s Mass in B Minor

October 21, 2019, 8:00 pm

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Under the baton of Jane Glover, leading 18th-century music ensemble Music of the Baroque performs one of Bach’s crowning artistic achievements. Cast Yulia Van Doren, soprano Krisztina Szabó, soprano Jonas Hacker, tenor Tyler Duncan, baritone Music of the Baroque Chorus & Orchestra; Jane Glover, conductor

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Sound the Shofar: An Ancient Instrument in Modern Times

October 6, 2019, 6:00 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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Holiday Fireworks with Robbie Ellis

July 4, 2019, 9:00 pm

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In honor of Independence Day, join host Robbie Ellis for a stirring evening of electrifying classical music, including works by Sousa and Bernstein.