View Post

Memorial in Song with John Brancy and Peter Dugan

May 27, 2023, 4:00 pm

Share this Post

John Brancy and Peter Dugan

A program for Memorial Day to honor those whose lives have been forever changed by war, including songs written by composers and poets who were soldiers themselves.


*Indicates a composer who served in WWI

Oley Speaks: “When the Boys Come Home”
Ralph Vaughan Williams*: “Youth and Love” from Songs of Travel
George Butterworth*: “The Lads in Their Hundreds” from A Shropshire Lad
Igor Novello* (arr. Dugan/Brancy): “Keep the Homefires Burning”
Walter Donaldson (arr. Dugan/Brancy): “My Buddy”
Wilfred Sanderson: “God Be with Our Boys Tonight”
Charles Ives: “Tom Sails Away”
Leonardo Dugan: “In Flanders Fields”
Maurice Ravel*: Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Claude Debussy: “Noel des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons”
Sergei Rachmaninoff: “How fair this spot”
Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Spring Waters”
Irving Berlin*: “Goodbye France”
Trad. (arr. Dugan/Brancy): “Danny Boy”

View Post

The Third Coast Baroque Festival

May 17, 2023, 8:00 pm

Share this Post

11 musicians of Third Coast Baroque in a sunlit red brick hallway; some with their instruments including violins, cello, theorbo, and charango.

The period instrument ensemble announces its inaugural festival which will features Aldo López-Gavilán & Ilmar Gavilán, Third Coast Percussion, and a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass.


Gaspar Fernandes: Eso rigor e repente 
Claudio Monteverdi: Lidia, spina del mio cor
Third Coast Baroque
Rubén Dubrovsky, conductor, drum, jarana

Aldo López-Gavilán: Pájaro Carpintero (Woodpecker)
Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Philip Glass: Metamorphosis No. 1
Third Coast Percussion

Joseph-Barnabé Saint-Sevin (L’Abbé le fils): Variations on Rameau’s ‘Les Sauvages’
Martin Davids, violin

Giovanni Zamboni: Prelude in C Minor
Brandon Acker, archlute

Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Third Coast Baroque
Rubén Dubrovsky, conductor

View Post

Mother’s Day Requests

May 14, 2023, 12:00 pm

Share this Post

a lush spring bouquet in a wicker basket, placed in front of a bright turquoise wall

Celebrate Mother’s Day with WFMT. Honor the mother or mother figure in your life with a spoken dedication and musical request.

View Post

Shabbat Shirah – A Celebration of Jewish Community in Chicago

May 10, 2023, 8:00 pm

Share this Post

Cantor David Berger, the Hyde Park Jewish Choral Society, and the Rockefeller Chapel Choir share a Shabbat Evening service celebrating the musical heritage of Chicago Judaism.


Otto Lob (1834-1908)
Sabbath Hymn

Max Janowski (1912-1991)
Shabbat Hamalkah
Chatzi Kaddish

Aaron David Kaplan (1869-1937)
L’chah Dodi

Poem by Isaac Reingold (1873-1903)
Hama’ariv Aravim – Ponderings at Night

Todros Greenberg (1893-1976)
Ahavat Olam

Robert Applebaum (b. 1941)
Sh’ma Yisra’eil

Debbie Friedman (1915-2011)
Sh’ma and V’ahavta (And You Shall Love)

Heniot Levy (1879-1945)  and Max Janowski
Mi Chamochah

David Berger (b. 1980)

Jeff Klepper (b. 1954)
Shalom Rav

Hans Wurman (1922-2001)
Yih’yu L’ratzon

Jay O’Brien (b. 1986)
Oseh Shalom

Shulamit Ran (b. 1949)
Yom Hashishi

Joshua Lind (1890-1973)
R’tzeih Vimnuchateinu

Erwin Jospe (1907-1983)
Ashirah Ladonai

View Post

Aznavoorian Duo

April 26, 2023, 8:00 pm

Share this Post

Cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Marta Aznavoorian present a program celebrating Armenian composers and honoring the duo’s family heritage.


All selections performed by the Aznavoorian Duo on May 15, 2022 at Nichols Concert Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Vartabed Komitas (1869–1935)
Chinar Es (You Are Like a Plane Tree)
Tsirani Tsar (Apricot Tree)
Al Ailux (My Scarlet Handkerchief)
Krunk (The Crane)

Arno Babadjanian (1921–1983)
Aria and Dance
Elegy for solo piano

Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini

Traditional American
Amazing Grace for solo cello

Peter Boyer (b.1970)
Mount Ararat

Serouj Kradjian (b.1973)
Sari Siroun Yar (Beautiful Girl of the Mountain)

Alexander Arutiunian (1920—2012)

Frédéric Chopin (1810—1849)
Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Inna Faliks, piano
Recorded October 2022 at Nichols Concert Hall

View Post

The 2023 Boston Early Music Festival

April 19, 2023, 8:00 pm

Share this Post

Amanda Forsythe in High Baroque costume holding a floral crown.

Kathleen Fay and Paul O’Dette preview the upcoming operas, concerts, and events of the biennial festival that brings together the finest performers, scholars, and instrument makers who are the vanguard of Baroque performance.


Christoph Graupner: Overture from Antiouchus und Stratonica
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, directors

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Psyché
Act V: Prelude for Apollo and chorus of celestial deities
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Boston Early Music Festival Chorus & Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, directors

Agostino Steffani: Niobe Regina di Tebe
Act I: “Dell alma stanca…Sfere amiche”
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, directors

John Blow: “Welcome ev’ry guest” from Amphion Anglicus, 1700
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, directors

Guillaume Dufay: O tres piteulx
Orlando Consort

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
IV. Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit
Vox Luminis
Lionel Meunier, director

George Frideric Handel: Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428
I. Prelude
II. Allegro
Francesco Corti, harpsichord

Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari: Sonata in A Minor Op 9 No. 3
I. Spiritoso
Stefania Neonato, fortepiano

J.S. Bach: Trio super Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
Christa Rakich, organ

Michel Lambert: Vos mépris chaque jour
Les Délices
Debra Nagy, oboe and direction

Luisa Elena Paesano : Gaván con Revuelta (Joropo)
Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba and direction

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Ciaccona in A from Serenada in Mascara
Tekla Cunningham, violin
Pacific MusicWorks
Stephen Stubbs, baroque guitar and direction

Giovanni Valentini: Sonata a5 in G Minor

Juan de Lienas: Tristis est anima mea
Newberry Consort
Ellen Hargis, director

Marin Marais: Gigue la pointilleuse
Philippe Pierlot and Myriam Rignol, viola da gamba
Julien Wolfs, harpsichord

Ludovico Agostini: O dolcezze amarissime
Doulce Mémoire

Pietro Torri: “Son rosignolo” from Ismene
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Stefan Temmingh, recorder
The Gentleman’s Band

Handel: “Iris Hence Away” from Semele
Lucile Richardot, contralto
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Steffani: Niobe Regina di Tebe
Act III: Ballo di soldati festeggianti (Chaconne)
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, directors

View Post

New Light on French Romantic Women Composers

April 12, 2023, 8:00 pm

Share this Post

A survey of the new compendium of recordings of works by 19th century women composers, Compositrices.


Mel Bonis: Le Rêve de Cléopâtre
Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse
Leo Hussain, conductor

Louise Farrenc : Symphonie n°3 in G Minor en sol mineur
I. Adagio. Allegro 
Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est; David Reiland, conductor

Nadia Boulanger: Scène 1 from La Sirène
Anaïs Constans, soprano
Aude Extrémo, mezzo-soprano
François Rougier, tenor
Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse
Leo Hussain, conductor

Henriette Renié : Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
II. Andante
Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello;
Théo Fouchenneret, piano

Marie Jaëll: Les Orientales – Rêverie
Rita Strohl: Bilitis – Berceuse
Cyrille Dubois, tenor
Tristan Raës, piano

Charlotte Sohy: Symphonie en ut dièse mineur
I. Lent. Vif
Orchestre National de France
Débora Waldman, conductor

Cécile Chaminade: Concertino pour flute et orchestra
Claire Le Boulanger, flute
Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est
David Reiland, conductor

Bonis: Barcarolle pour piano
François Dumont, piano

Chaminade: Callirhoé, suite de ballet
I. Prélude
Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est; David Reiland, conductor