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A Rustic Wedding and Whale Songs For Earth Day

6:55PM
April
22, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day 2013 on Symphony @7 this evening, we’ll have two works that have an outdoor setting, one with human beings in harmony with their natural surroundings, and one taking us beneath the ocean and portraying the great whales, whose realm is very much threatened by human activity.

Columbus Author Pens Classical Music Novel

10:00AM
March
12, 2013

Skiing with Bach, cooking with Beethoven and hunting with Mendelssohn – Columbus author and music teacher Debra Berndt’s novel Hips of Venus has all that and more – and that’s just Volume One.

Here Are Fleas You Want to Have

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Goethe: Faust and Fleas
1:30PM
February 18, 2013

The flea in music! He even gets a new waistcoat.

The Beethoven-Haus’ Exhibition of Beethoven Stamps

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The Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, was the site of an exhibition of Beethoven postage stamps.
9:58AM
December
6, 2012

Everyone knows that Beethoven put his stamp on classical music. Now a Japanese stamp collector has shown the world how Beethoven left his mark on letters, post cards and packages everywhere.

What are your “Desert Island” recordings?

9:21AM
November
21, 2012

Most “Desert Island” recording lists seem to rotate the same 20 or so artists and composers, which means I don’t bother to look at them. However, this list is quite interesting by what it doesn’t do…it doesn’t limit the musical genre.

Arianna Quartet Performs Peruvian-Inspired String Quartet Sunday

1:12PM
November
16, 2012

As a kid learning how to play the piano, composer Gabriela Lena Frank says, “I would try and make my Beethoven sound a little more Peruvian by adding flourishes that the guitar players might use, or accents in a way that was reminiscent of what pan pipe players might do.” The unique sounds of Peruvian music would later find their way into Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, part Peruvian travelogue, part family history recounting in the genre of the string quartet Frank’s first trip to her mother’s homeland.

Georg Solti and Mendelssohn with Chicago Symphony

6:55PM
October
23, 2012

We continue our week long celebration of conductor Georg Solti on Classical 101 this evening on Symphony @ 7 with Sir Georg leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn.

The Next Mozart?

10:00AM
September
13, 2012

Good things – including pianists – come in small packages.

Breathtaking: Shifrin, Han and Finckel Perform Saturday, Jan. 28

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Clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel
1:58PM
January 26, 2012

Pianist Wu Han says David Shifrin’s playing literally took her breath away in a recording session with cellist David Finckel for their “Clarinet Trios” CD. The trio performs works by Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m., at the Southern Theatre, pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m.

Letter By Beethoven Comes to Light

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Ludwig van Beethoven still head and shoulders above the competition
10:00AM
January
12, 2012

A letter known from other sources to have been penned by Beethoven in 1823 – four years before his death – and involving the composer’s Missa Solemnis has resurfaced after being bequeathed in a will, according to a story at the BBC News Web site bbc.co.uk. The BBC report says Beethoven’s chronic financial and physical [...]