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Studs Terkel had a unique knack for talking about classical music in a way that brought out the drama and thrill of performances and that illuminated connections with all the other genres of music he loved. Having spent 45 years hosting his program on WFMT, a classical music station, he was surrounded by colleagues with a tremendous passion for classical music and opera and he formed close relationships with many classical musicians. Among the artists who joined Studs on his show were: singers such as Tito Gobbi, Marilyn Horne, Lotte Lehmann, Luciano Pavarotti; instrumentalists Alfred Brendel,  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Janos Starker; composers Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Virgil Thompson; conductors Claudio Abbado, Georg Solti; ensembles such the Kronos Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, LaSalle Quartet; and many others

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Studs Terkel had a unique knack for talking about classical music in a way that brought out the drama and thrill of performances and that illuminated connections with all the other genres of music he loved.

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