What we’re excited to do in Chicago this week

This week: experience a living legend, Kathleen Battle live; see an opera that hasn’t been performed in 321 years; be the first to hear Chicago’s newest chamber ensemble, and more.

VIDEO | Anne-Sophie Mutter shares what every musician should know that you can’t learn in school

When four-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter visited the WFMT studios, she shared what she thinks every musician should know that you can’t learn in school.

Exploring Chords: “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”

French composer Claude Debussy’s mode of expression in this symphonic tone poem, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is a whole-tone scale, which gives the piece a feeling of floating in a sea of tonalities, and Debussy must have had the sound of his favorite French flute player in his ear while he wrote this work.

From ghetto to palazzo: How a Jewish composer in Renaissance Italy harmonized two worlds

Salamone Rossi’s skill as a violinist and composer was highly valued at the Catholic court of Mantua, and he was officially exempted from wearing the yellow badge required of the Mantuan Jewish community. But as a Jew, he was still was seen as an interloper.

What we’re excited to do in Chicago this week

This week in Chicago you can fall into fall with a unique "Rite of Spring," attend an opera and a ballet at the same time, have a ball with Riccardo Muti and Anne-Sophie Mutter, and more.

Tips to Rise to the Top in Music Competitions from 2017 Van Cliburn Winner Yekwon Sunwoo

When pianist Yekwon Sunwoo first entered the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2013, he was an alternate. This year, he took home the gold.

Exploring Chords: “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”

The moment Strauss puts his pen to the musical staff, his chord progression and melodies set our old-as-the-hills merry prankster on escapades—wriggling out of tight spots and dancing his way through misadventures.

VIDEO | Hear the young mariachi ensemble from Chicago that’s topping charts and winning hearts

Chicago-based Mariachi Herencia de México released its debut album, "Nuestra Herenica" ("Our Heritage"), in early 2017 and it ranked No. 2 on the iTunes Latin chart in its first week. Since the ensemble is composed of pre-college musicians, the album may be the first major mariachi recording released in the United States by students.

VIDEO | Watch two of the world’s best tabla players (who also happen to be father and son)

Watch Anindo Chatterjee and his son Anubrata prove why they are two of the best percussionists in the world.

Baroque music flourishes in the gardens of William Christie

In 1985, William Christie, the founder and music director of the Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, was driving in the French countryside when he saw Thiré for the first time. Located in the Vendée region of France, an hour south of Nantes, Thiré has about 500 residents and is filled with sprawling corn and sunflower fields.

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