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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


47 Pieces

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This is a miracle opera, written by the old Verdi and it’s really a miracle. And probably it’s the opera that I would like to bring with me in my ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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It was the worst blizzard in the history of Massachusetts and I happened to be up at Harvard doing research into my Roosevelt book, when the entire...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:31
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I remember walking into the space of St. Peter's and you're just not prepared for the magnificence of that experience. It's overwhelming – there's...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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The tango is dramatic but the tango is waiting for disaster. The Argentineans have the Hispanic sense of tragedy. It’s a passion capable to kill....

  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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It was, I think, an exercise that Cage performed, after so much noisy music, after the first half of the 20th century, with all these explosions of...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:31
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"I've been saying for many, many years now, that the whole convention of not clapping between movements has to go; it’s got to go out the window. T...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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When you are in an early stage of listening and learning about classical music, you are absolutely taken by Tchaikovsky, No. 1 Piano Concerto, or R...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2015
  • Length: 58:31
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The only opera I had seen was Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd at the opera and the Marx Brothers in their Night at the Opera. I was in my teens –I had s...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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The words “Mario! Mario!”– I know they’re in Act I, when Tosca enters the church, they’re in Act II when she’s in Scarpia’s study, and poor Mario C...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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I’ve never been a voice that blows you away, as it were. I’m not one of those, as Marcel Singher used to say, “beautiful monsters.” I think I’m a v...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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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