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OSM returns to Chicago with Daniil Trifonov for LIVE Concert and Conversation with WFMT

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This week, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra returns to Chicago for the first time since 1988. Friday, musicians from the Orchestra join pianist Daniil Trifonov for a live concert and conversation with WFMT host Lisa Flynn at 10:00 am. MSO Music Director Kent Nagano joins Kerry Frumkin at 11:00 am as a guest host. Later, the orchestra performs at Symphony Center under Nagano's direction.

Nagano recently revealed his mantra for programming classical music: "the status quo has no meaning." In anticipation of his Chicago appearances, he spoke about how challenging the status quo has made the MSO's audiences some of the youngest in North America. "On one level, it's really no mystery," Nagano admitted.  "Classical music represents exceptional quality, which is to say quality that is divorced from what is popular.  It represents quality so high it is divorced from time.  That's why when we return for the twentieth, fiftieth, seventy-fifth times to hear a Beethoven symphony, we hear that symphony relevant to ourselves and our own time.  Yes, it was written 200 years ago, but it is pertinent to our experience as humans living in the 21st century."

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