Chicago radio clears its schedules for death of Russian piano teacher

WFMT Chicago discovered the artistry of Vera Gornostaeva last year through a pair of immigrant enthusiasts who had pressed her old LPs onto CD. The station gave away some of her recordings in a fundraising drive and received an extraordinary response.

On reading of Vera’s death this week, WFMT cleared its schedules to play the music of this modest Moscow professor, little known outside Russia until last year. Program Director David Polk sent round this memo:

 

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