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The science and the magic behind recording live classical concerts

Behind every classical recording and broadcast there's an expert engineer, who combines sciences with, perhaps, a little magic.

How L.A.’s Street Symphony is bringing music and social justice to Skid Row

Violinist Vijay Gupta is as much an advocate as he is a musician – a powerful speaker on behalf of marginalized communities in this country, and especially for the Skid Row community of people experiencing homelessness in downtown Los Angeles.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints Missy Mazzoli as composer-in-residence

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has appointed Missy Mazzoli as the orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Mazzoli will write a new work for the CSO, to be performed during the 2019-2020 season, and she will curate the orchestra’s Music Now concert series, plus give guidance for the programming of other contemporary music by the orchestra. Mazzoli’s compositions include two ...

President and CEO of League of American Orchestras on the state of American orchestras, need to diversify

WFMT Program Director David Polk discussed efforts of orchestras in the U.S. to diversify, as well as the state of American orchestras more generally, with League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato — Without the arts as an outlet, children may turn to anger and violence

DiDonato partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and dozens of other artists to bring the arts to young people at a crucial stage in their development: infancy. After asking, “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if every new born child was not only given a lullaby when they leave the hospital, but a personal one from their parents?” The Lullaby Project was born.

Yo-Yo Ma performs at St. Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side to raise awareness about gun violence

In 2018, 6,308 Americans have died due to gun violence, and 11,841 more have been injured, according to Gun Violence Archive. In Chicago alone, 1164 people have been shot this year, including 190 deaths and 974 injuries; 38 of those shootings took place between the evening of Friday, June 8 and the morning of Monday, June 11, resulting in 9 ...

VIDEO | Loge, the opera-loving German Shepherd, sings along to Wagner

Tom, of Wilmette, IL, has had German Shepherds for almost forty years, and most of them have been named after characters from Wagner’s "Ring Cycle." Hear his opera-loving dog Loge sing along to Siegfried's horn call.

VIDEO | Mandolin 101 with Avi Avital

World-renowned Avi Avital gives us an introduction to the mandolin, explains what makes his instrument so special, and shares his unique journey to becoming a professional mandolin player.

What do Philip Glass and J. S. Bach have in common? More than you think, according to pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Despite being born centuries apart, Philip Glass and J.S. have much in common than you'd think.

See highlights from WFMT’s first ever beach party

We had a ball at our first WFMT beach party at Theater on the Lake. Check out video and photo highlights from our day of sun, fun, and great music.
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dennis's morning quiz

Dennis MooreA young girl and her family are at the center of a work by Gabriel Fauré.  It’s from a set of six short character pieces for piano duet; earlier, the Reykjavik Wind Quintet played its opening movement.  What’s the title of this Fauré suite that begins with a nursery song?

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