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


25 Pieces

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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
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There are the rare moments when a performer gets an insight that compels us to rethink the way we understand a work. And one of the great examples ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"It’s just amazing that when Heifetz started the recording session – he was playing great, of course – but by the tenth hour, he was even playing b...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"I remember Pavarotti singing “Nessun dorma!” from Turandot which has this one line: “Il mio mistero accuse elmero,” my secret is locked up in me—t...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
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"I met Arafat for the first time in my life when I was a foreign minister. I had to wait some half an hour. I looked around and I saw a very love...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"There was something very strange emanating from the radio that I had never heard before. It sounded otherworldly. It sounded like it was coming ...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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One of the great musical experiences of my life was hearing Leonard Bernstein conduct Mahler’s Ninth at Lincoln Center. That was overwhelming. You ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"There may be people far away on planets orbiting other stars. I guess they can’t hear this music. When Voyager was developed, there was this ide...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"I just wanted to stay with the feelings of that extraordinary last movement it induced. And after a time, 15 minutes or so, I flipped on the radi...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"The best is Bach. It doesn’t intrude and it’s very orderly. I truly believe it. It sets your mind in order and I think some other music disorde...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
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The most popular one is Aida: it is four letters, three of which are vowels. There’s an on-line database of words and names that show up in crossw...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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"I can play the right hand of a lot of, let’s say, slow pieces of music. And one of the great moments of solace for me at the end of a long day, I...

  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
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"Booing is kind of a way of life in certain theaters and in certain houses, and singers can also develop a thick skin, just as we may have to devel...

  • Added: May 16, 2014
  • Length: 58:30