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LIVE | Lutenist Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette Grammy-winning lutenist Paul O’Dette shares Elizabethan ballads and Scottish tunes in a video concert livestream right here, starting at 7:00 pm. The “dean” of American lutenists will also join University of Chicago Professor Lawrence Zbikowski in a pre-concert chat beginning at 6:40 pm. WFMT is proud to co-present this live stream with the University of Chicago Presents and ...

Cultures in Concert: Four Latin American Composers Who Fused Folk and Classical Music

As a Mexican music enthusiast, I am avidly fascinated by norteño and ranchera music. The former is a traditional style of music from the northern region of Mexico, and the latter is comes from Mexico’s rural regions. Both of these genres are synonymous with folk music traditions that praise patriotism and love. For me, though, hearing them delights me because ...

Three Chicago Premieres in Chicago Opera Theater’s 2020-21 Season

Today, the Chicago Opera Theater took to Facebook and YouTube to announce its 2020-21 season, a slate of three productions that are all Chicago premieres. The season will open on November 21 with two performances of The Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov. Not only will the performances at Harris Theater for Music and Dance mark the Chicago premiere of ...

This Friday: Early music livestream with lutenist Paul O’Dette

In a concert livestream this Friday, May 22, Paul O’Dette, the Grammy-winning “dean of American lutenists,” will share a program of Elizabethan ballads and Scottish tunes. Prior to the concert, University of Chicago professor Lawrence Zbikowski will chat with O’Dette about his unusual beginnings with the instrument, his approach to technique, and his thoughts on historical interpretation. The concert will ...

Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

Paulo Szot, Marin Alsop, and the cast of Ravinia’s presentation of Bernstein’s MASS (Photo: Ravinia Festival) In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this panel, hosted by WFMT General Manager and Vice President George Preston. In a stream starting at 8:15 ...