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Playlist: Classical

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:30

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from February 15, 2018 to February 14, 2019.

For more information please contact: 

Estlin Usher at 
eusher@wfmt.com  (p) 773-279-2112
David Sims at 
dsims@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2027
Tony Macaluso at 
tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball

Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

In addition to some interpretations of the popular tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Carl features an array of music that is inspired by the beloved sport, including selections from the films Field of Dreams and The Natural, a musical rendition of the Ernest Thayer poem “Casey at the Bat” with narrator James Earl Jones, the rousing Sousa march “The National Game,” and a hilarious Shakespearean baseball game skit featuring the comedic duo Wayne and Shuster.

The program also highlights some of the famous voices from the rich history of the game, including announcers Mel Allen, Harry Caray, and Russ Hodges, as well as players such as Ernie Banks and Lou Gehrig. For baseball aficionados and novices alike, you will want to “play ball” after listening to Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.

 

Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other arts organizations. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the stadium voice of the Michigan Marching Band since 1970. His voice has been heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006, he became the game announcer at Michigan Stadium. Carl has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, and several other sports venues.

The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:29

One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth. In addition to representative recorded excerpts, the program features comments and reminiscences from numerous renowned American artists, among them Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves, and Eric Owens.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from January 2, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

For more information contact:

Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112 
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price

One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth. In addition to representative recorded excerpts, the program features comments and reminiscences from numerous renowned American artists, among them Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves, and Eric Owens.

The music sung by Leontyne Price is excerpted from the following:

Charpentier, Louise, “Depuis le jour”

Bizet, Carmen, Seguidilla

Verdi, La forza del destino, “Pace, pace”

Hymn, “Lead, kindly light”

Strauss, Die ägyptische Helena, “Zweite Brautnacht”

Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”

(with William Warfield)

Barber, Hermit Songs, “At St. Patrick’s Purgatory”

Puccini, Tosca, Act I love duet (with David Poleri)

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites, Prison Scene

Puccini, La rondine, “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta”

Massenet, Thaïs, “Dis-moi que je suis belle”

Verdi, Requiem, “Domine Jesu Christe” (with Fiorenza Cossotto,

Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov)

Verdi, Il trovatore, “Tacea la notte”

Mozart, Don Giovanni, “Or sai chi l’onore”

Verdi, Aida, “O patria mia”

Barber, Antony and Cleopatra, Final Scene

Marx, “Marienlied”

Spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Love Duet (with Carlo Bergonzi)

Spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine”

Relevant Tones (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Relevant Tones, a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends and shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers.

This series is available via Subauto subscription.

Most recent piece in this series:

RLT 18-18: Composer Spotlight: Alvin Singleton, 4/25/2018

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Relevant Tones series | 58:30

469397_305823489487837_34930461_o_small Critic Kyle Gann says “Singleton’s music is soulful, with an understated simplicity that I particularly prize. Despite the studied economy of his means and the set character of his images, the music is never cold … nor abstract. It glows with warmth.” We’ll feature Singleton’s music on our next Composer Spotlight.

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 (Series)

Produced by WQXR

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, a five-part Peabody award winning radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Bonus Track: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

From WQXR | Part of the Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 series | 09:53

Mtc_itunes_sb_medium_small Says Nadia Sirota, "Nico wrote the concerto in 2014, and in a lot of ways it's the fruit of 10 years of our working together.  The piece is in three movements, and this movement, Part II, is sort of the emotional heart of the piece.  It's soulful and colorful and I adore playing it.

At the end of the movement the viola line suffers a sort of massive emotional breakdown, which is then answered by a huge orchestral explosion, featuring a giant tam-tam (gong) and all sorts of low-brass rumbles.  In the aftermath, individual members of the orchestra play small phrases independently of each other, finally reuniting in a wounded coda.  

This is my favorite part of the concerto to play."

Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Classical Guitar Alive is a weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is free to all stations.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

18-16 Leo Brouwer, Berta Rojas, Julio Reyes Interviews, Bach, Piazzolla, and more

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 58:57

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DT: April 16, 2018

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE 18-16 Leo Brouwer, Berta Rojas, Julio Reyes Interviews ***

Total length: 58:57

 

In Cue:  MUSIC IN  “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: MUSIC IN “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”

Program Length: 58:57

 

INTRODUCTION:

    Bizet:  Carmen Suite: Prelude    Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                                         (Philips 412-609)

PROGRAM BEGINS:

 

   Weiss: Sonata in a minor: Courante              Christopher Wilke, Baroque lute                                                                                                                                       (Wilke 90474-54098)

   Kropfgans: Concerto in c minor                   Lutz Kirchhoff, theorbo

                                                     Giuliano Carmignola, violin

                                                     Francesco Galligioni, cello

                                                     (Sony Vivarte 51351)                                           

   

   Interview: Leo Brouwer: “The question is how I stopped playing…   … that’s it, that’s the reason.”

   Bach: Chaconne                                 Leo Brouwer, guitar

                                                      (Frame Records 1999)

 

   Interview: Berta Rojas: “The project came about …   … the rich history that tango music has.”

   Piazzolla: L’Histoire du Tango                    Berta Rojas, guitar

                                                     Camerata Bariloche

                                                     (Onmusic Recordings 888295266895)

 

   Interview: Julio Reyes: “That piece is called ‘Onward to Paradise’…   … was one of my mentors.”

   Julio Reyes: Onward to Paradise                 Julio Reyes, guitar

                                                     (live studio performance)

 

   Homero Manze: Sur                              Berta Rojas, guitar

                                                     Camerata Bariloche

                                                     (Onmusic Recordings 888295266895)

 

CLOSING THEME/FUNDING CREDITS

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This edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features a 2000 interview with Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, who discusses the hand injury which ended his performing career, a 2015 with Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, and an interview/live studio performance by Paraguayan-American guitarist-composer Julio Reyes, and music by Bach, Weiss, Piazzolla, and more, including a concerto for theorbo by Kropfgans.

 

Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates 20 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations, and is free to all stations. FUNDRAISER EDITION of Classical Guitar Alive! is available here, no carriage fee: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio

CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 for Most Licensed Series

The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

There's no better way to know a country or a people than through its music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree invites everyone who has an interest in, a fascination of, and a love for the cultural life of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to be entertained, enriched, and informed by this unique classical music program.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spanish Hour 1814: Will You Do the Fandango?

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Un_fandango_small A program devoted to the Fandango, the most Spanish of Spanish songs and dances. We’ll hear a
variety of classical interpretations by Antonio Soler, Granados, Boccherini, Vives, and, yes, even Mozart.

An American Stew

From KCME | Part of the American Landscapes series | 58:24

Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

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Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) (Series)

Produced by WQXR

The Concerts from The Frick series has delighted listeners with the finest in keyboard recitals, all manner of chamber groups and groundbreaking early music ensembles for decades. Many of the century's greatest artists have performed in the 175-seat music room at The Frick Collection, the former Upper East Side residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Imogen Cooper, piano

From WQXR | Part of the Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) series | 58:03

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Program:

Part 1              14:30

 

Theme with Variations in E-Flat Major WoO 24, F 3 (Robert Schumann)

(“Geistervariationen”/Ghost Variations)   (1854)

              Theme – Leise, innig

              Variation I

              Variation II – Canonisch

              Variation III – Etwas belebter

              Variation IV

              Variation V     

              Theme (unwritten reprise)

 

 

Part 2                43:30        

Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (1828) (Franz Schubert)

         Molto moderato                                                                                               

         Andante sostenuto

         Scherzo.  Allegro vivace con delicatezza

         Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:44

To celebrate the incredibly influential American composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday, enjoy this music infused hour recorded last February when he was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago. WFMT host Kerry Frumkin speaks with him about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him on his particular path.

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The duration is 58:44, and the show is entirely self contained, with no breaks.
The following music is featured in the program:
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Wichita Sutra Vortex
Philip Glass, Solo Piano
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LENNIE TRISTANO (1919-1978)
Line Up, excerpt
Peter Ind, Bass; Jeff Morton, Drums, Lennie Tristano, Piano
Atlantic 1224
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
“Train” from Einstein on the Beach, excerpt
The Philip Glass Ensemble
CBS M4K38875
 
BILLY ECKSTINE (1914-1993)
I Want to Talk About You, excerpt
John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, 
Piano
MCA Impulse 29015
 
RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Chappaqua
Ravi Shankar, Sitar
Columbia 82876745022
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  ) & RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Ragas In Minor Scale
Private Music 2074-2-P
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Serra Pelada, excerpt
Elektra Nonesuch 79192-2
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Australia, excerpt
Mark Atkins, Didgeridoo; The Philip Glass Ensemble
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wise Man, excerpt
Roberto Carillo Cocío, Guitar; Philip Glass, Piano; Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Violin
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
The Gambia
The Philip Glass Ensemble
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#CallJohann (Series)

Produced by Dominique Johnson

For a good time #CallJohann and be introduced to his crew of rebellious composers.

Most recent piece in this series:

Beethoven Rolled Deep

From Dominique Johnson | Part of the #CallJohann series | 01:44

Calljohann_small The original indie musician rolled deep. And no one put Beethoven in a corner.

Fiesta! (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

Most recent piece in this series: