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Mad About Music

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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Image by: Tapp Francke Photography 

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to announce our offering of the one-hour series, Mad About Music with host Gilbert Kaplan.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2015.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:
Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

For more than 10 years Mad About Music has delved into the musical heart of some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities. Originally airing in New York on WNYC and WQXR, Mad About Music is now syndicated for broadcast.

Created and hosted by Gilbert Kaplan, Mad About Music’s format is part interview, part musical performance. Internationally famous guests select five key musical works and discuss why those pieces are important to them. The interviews are always personal–and often humorous—as some of the world’s most famous people reveal aspects of their personalities largely unknown to the public.

“Gilbert Kaplan is an ideal host for Mad About Music combining considerable interviewing skills with a grand passion for music,” said WNYC/WQXR radio president and CEO Laura Walker.

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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2015. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114For more than 10 years Mad About Music has delved into the musical heart of some of the world’s most celebrated and influential personalities. Originally airing in New York on WNYC and WQXR, Mad About Music is now syndicated for broadcast.Created and hosted by Gilbert Kaplan, Mad About Music’s format is part interview, part musical performance. Internationally famous guests select five key musical works and discuss why those pieces are important to them. The interviews are always personal–and often... Show full description


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I’d always been fascinated from afar by Mahler and it took me a great deal of time to get through the material, and I studied it actually quite car...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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I have two remarkable photographs of Lenny, which are inscribed to me as “leader of his groupies.” I had the great good fortune to get to know him ...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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I stepped into the elevator and there was Callas in white mink with her poodle with the same color as her coat. She looked every inch the diva tha...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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When I was seeking a seat in Parliament, I would take a terrible hiding almost every week. I would sometimes think I was amongst savages. And I’d...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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My wife Nancy had been working very hard with my son John to get him to take his first steps and she was encouraging him, but he was not quite read...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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I was playing the Fantaisie Impromptu and while I was playing, I thought there’s a couple of cases I had worked on earlier in my career; and the on...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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Karajan once told me that you cannot conduct a Bruckner symphony unless you’re at least 80 years old, and I told him, yes, but you didn’t say that ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
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Bernstein was a man interested in politics. He wanted to know about the world. He had a philosophical mind. Karajan had a knack for high technol...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
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This is going to sound blasphemous in a way, I would imagine some people are going to cringe, but I think the person who I listen to the least is M...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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By the time I was seventeen, I was first trumpet in the school orchestra and we were going to be recorded playing the Messiah and obviously the tru...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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First, I think, you should know what you really want, how this piece should sound. You should have an interpretation model and you should know the ...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
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I picked Schnabel which is an old recording and it is not considered the finest. Schnabel is criticized for being too rough, and maybe too personal...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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One Sunday night my wife, who was pregnant with our first child at the time, and I went for a concert and it was a beautiful night and Aaron Coplan...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:31

  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:33
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Early in my life, I fell in love with opera. For a nickel, I got right on the train in Borough Park in Brooklyn, and I was at 40th Street and the M...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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When I think about what we do as creative artists in my more optimistic moments, I think what we do is create happiness. If you had to pick the per...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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Chopin Preludes have an enormous well of extraordinary interpreters in history. But for me, Martha Argerich is the epitome of interpretation for my...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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Between my sophomore and junior year in college I had been playing touch football and I slipped, fell down, and separated my shoulder. So I wasn’t ...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
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I received as a Christmas present a CD of Turandot with Sutherland, Caballé and Pavarotti. And with my little brother, he was six years old, and I ...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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And I’ll never forget this, he extended his hand to me and I looked at him and I said, “Mr. Horowitz, aren’t you concerned that I might crush your ...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2014
  • Length: 58:30