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A Sneak Peek of Joffrey’s New Nutcracker Set During Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

This holiday season, the Joffrey Ballet has a gift for its hometown city: a world-premiere production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker that’s set in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The new Nutcracker features an award-winning team led by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and replaces a production by company co-founder Robert Joffrey that has been in repertory since 1987. Here’s ...

Your Guide to WFMT’s 2016 Holiday Programming

All month long, you can enjoy WFMT's special holiday broadcasts from all around the world. Hear performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chanticleer, the King’s College Choir of Cambridge University, the organ choir of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Music of the Baroque, Itzhak Perlman, and many more, plus special holiday installments of your favorite series.

The Single Most Important Piece of Advice Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Has for Young Musicians Today

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is not only one of the world’s most renowned musicians; he’s also a passionate advocate for using the power of music to create community. In his role as creative consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ma has developed an annual Bach Marathon with musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, CSO’s training program for young professional musicians, ...

CSO Announces Program Change, Dutoit to Conduct U.S. Premiere of Newly-Discovered Stravinsky Work, “Funeral Song”

In April 2017, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform a newly-discovered work by Stravinsky, Funeral Song (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya), in concerts led by Charles Dutoit. Originally, Dutoit was scheduled to perform Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila with the CSO. The program was changed, however, to present the U.S. premiere of Funeral Song shortly after it has its first performance in ...

Mahler manuscript sells for record $5.6 million in London

The autograph score of Mahler’s Second Symphony (Source: Sotheby’s) LONDON (AP) — An auction house says the manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony has sold for 4.5 million pounds ($5.6 million), setting a new auction record for a musical manuscript. Sotheby’s London says the 232-page manuscript, written in Mahler’s own hand, is remarkable because it retains its original form and shows the ...

Chicago Public Schools Reports Increased Access to Arts Education, Despite Statewide Budget Crisis

Ingenuity Inc., an organization that works to improve and expand arts education in Chicago, released its annual progress report surveying arts education in Chicago Public Schools.  Considering that earlier this year, Illinois’ public school districts were $20 billion in debt, Ingenuity’s findings may surprise you. In 2013, CPS announced its Arts Education Plan, which states: “Through a comprehensive and sequential ...

North Shore Guitarist Adam Levin Brings Music to Mexican Community Founded Atop Former Landfill

“I never thought in a million years that I would found a nonprofit,” guitarist Adam Levin said. Yet today he is working to bring “equitable access to the guitar in a sustainable way” through the Kithara Project, which he founded nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The North Shore native’s talents have brought him all over the world, including to Spain on ...

This Black MIDI Version of “Let It Go” Is More Terrifyingly Difficult Than Any Liszt Piece

You’ve likely heard the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen at least once since it was released in 2013. Not only did “Let It Go” win Best Original Song at the 2014 Academy Awards and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2015 Grammy Awards, it’s also been recorded in dozens of languages from Cantonese to Croatian. Even ...

Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to ...

How Choreographer Martha Graham Named Aaron Copland’s American Classic, “Appalachian Spring”

Martha Graham Dance Company's Lloyd Mayor and Mariya Dashkina Maddux in "Appalachian Spring." (Hibbard Nash Photography) When you think of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, do you think of iconic American landscapes? Would it surprise you to know that one of America’s most iconic musical works got its name after it was composed? Appalachian Spring, though perhaps known best as an orchestral suite, was ...

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