For his first Chicago radio interview since 2006, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Daniel Barenboim sits down with veteran journalist and Newcity Chicago music critic Dennis Polkow in a broadcast airing Nov. 4.

Making his much-anticipated return to Symphony Center in 12 years, Barenboim reminisces about his 36 virtually consecutive seasons conducting the CSO beginning in 1970, including 15 as music director (1991-2006). He also discusses his efforts via music to ease international tensions. An abridged version of the broadcast will air at 8 a.m. (CST) Nov. 4 over WDCB-FM (90.9, Glen Ellyn/90.7, West Loop) or streaming at wdcb.org as part of the weekly program “The Arts Section.”

At Orchestra Hall, Barenboim will lead the CSO in concerts Nov. 1-3 of Smetana’s “Má vlast” and will conduct his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on Nov. 5. The performance is the opening concert of a U.S. tour with stops at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Nov. 7), Carnegie Hall in New York City (Nov. 8 ), Berkeley, Calif. (Nov. 10) and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles (Nov. 11).

The broadcast was engineered by Eric Arunas and produced by Steve Robinson for New Media Productions.

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