So we had our two hours of fame with our season preview on WFMT, Chicago's classical music station, Monday. Well in Chicago anyway, with however many thousands of listeners. WFMT's Carolyn Paulin, a distinguished producer as well as an occasional presenter, was our host and kept us pretty well in line. Andrew Patner, the station's "Critic at Large" was the link man extraordinaire, and other guests included Jane Glover on the line from Milwaukee (where she is conducting Handel's Semele with the Florentine Opera), and Alexander Platt who is conducting our Carmen but who spoke this morning almost exclusively about Owen Wingrave. These two appeared on the telephone while we had the director of Carmen, Andrew Eggert, in the studio.
The object of the exercise, of course, was to sell tickets. And this was achieved. We had the great incentive to subscribers of a $25 gift voucher for President Obama's favorite restaurant in Hyde Park, the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop. Click here to see the President's enthusiastic verdict on this great establishment.
As a special deal for readers of this blog who want to subscribe and take advantage of this offer, go to the COT website and sign up now. Having chosen your subscription you will see a screen that asks you to put in a "Promo code". Enter WFMT and you will get your Dixie Kitchen bonus! This offer is only good to the end of this week only. Go for it!