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At 70, violinist Pinchas Zukerman reflects on his life in music

Pinchas Zukerman around the time Isaac Stern brought him to New York to study at Juilliard, c. 1962 (Photo courtesy of the artist) Violinist, violist, conductor, music director, and educator Pinchas Zukerman celebrated his 70th birthday on July 16, 2018. Backstage at Ravinia, he spoke about his life in music and unwavering dedication to his craft with WFMT’s Louise Frank. ...

Anita Graef and Patrick Godon

Soloist, chamber musician, and the CCM-CSO Diversity Fellow for University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Orchestra, cellist Anita Graef appears with pianist and artistic director of the International Chamber Artists, Patrick Godon. Their program includes  works of Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss performed live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. A ...

What If Nina Simone Had Been a Classical Pianist?

Before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians, she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist.

Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba

On Friday, May 15, at 7:00 pm Central and running until 10:00 pm, WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra. The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fernández and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Eroica” symphony. Osmo Vanska conducts. This performance and broadcast are the ...

LISTEN: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life

A conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field.