WFMT Sponsored Events

WFMT is the proud sponsor of the following concerts and events; click on each organization’s name to visit individual web sites for additional information:


Music of the Baroque (312) 551-1414

Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH
Written in the spirit of Bach and Handel, whose music he loved, Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful choral masterpiece brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. Fire comes from the heavens, storms gather, and the people cry for vengeance. From the prophet’s curse of drought to his ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, Elijah is an extraordinary musical experience. Music Director Jane Glover conducts the chorus that Opera News calls “one of Chicago’s musical glories,” along with an all-star cast of soloists:  soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor William Burdon, and bass-baritone Eric Owns in the title role.  Elijah will be performed in English.

September 16, 2017 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
September 17, 2017 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

FALL SERIES: World Premiere by Peter Chu
Kicking off its 40th Anniversary Season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Fall Series re-invents the audience experience through moving imagery and changing perspectives—the first performance of its kind in Hubbard Street’s history. Choreographed by Peter Chu—So You Think You Can Dance guest choreographer and Artistic Director of chuthis—this immersive and interactive dance installation covers all spaces of the Harris Theater and incorporates original music by Jean-Francois (DJeff) Houle, former Music Director for Cirque Du Soleil; video projections by Sven Ortel; and lighting by Marcus Doshi. HSDC’s core company dancers will be joined by 15 dancers from the Hubbard Street Professional Program.

September 21 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
September 22 / 7 PM & 9 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
September 23 / 7 PM & 9 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
September 24 / 2 PM & 5 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago


Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

The 12th annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema showcases a wide range of films exploring Israeli culture in all its wonderful complexity. Enjoy a wide variety of films, including the musically-themed dramas Harmonia and A Quiet Heart; the family-friendly Abulele; a newly edited documentary on David Ben-Gurion, Epilogue; the Chicago premiere of Antenna; and the romantic comedies Mr. Predictable and The Wedding Plan.

October 25-November 5, 2017 / Various times and locations, including ArcLight Cinemas in The Glen, Glenview; the Music Box Theatre in Chicago; Spertus Institute for Learning and Leadership in Chicago; and North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.


Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series 312-294-3000

Mariinsky Orchestra
“Put Russian conductor Valery Gergiev on a podium and the usual result is musical fireworks. Pair him with his hometown orchestra, St. Petersburg’s venerable Mariinsky Orchestra, and the chemistry becomes combustible, especially when the sensational Moscow-born pianist Denis Matsuev is a guest, proclaimed Chicago Classical Review. All three return to Symphony Center to take on Prokofiev’s formidable Second Piano Concerto, plus performance of Shostakovich’s wry Ninth Symphony and Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss.

November 8, 2017 / 8 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago


Music of the Baroque (312) 551-1414

Mozart Dialogues
Two of the composer’s works for multiple soloists—the profound Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and his lively Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds—are featured in a Mozart birthday celebration program that also includes the Symphony No. 33. Join Music of the Baroque to discover why critics and audiences cheer whenever Music Director Jane Glover conducts Mozart.

January 28, 2018 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
January 29, 2018 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago


Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series 312-294-3000

Minnesota Orchestra
One of America’s top symphonic ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra has a long history of acclaimed performances around the world. Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä and his celebrated ensemble—both superb Sibelius interpreters—head to Orchestra Hall for the composer’s profound symphonic poem En Saga, along with Tchaikovsky’s majestic First Piano Concerto, featuring Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. “That plush, super-charged Minnesota sound is back with a new edge of tenacity” said The Guardian.

January 28, 2018 / 3 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago