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:

­Soiree Cedille ­­2016 (773) 989-2515

Regularly featured on WFMT, Cedille Records—Chicago’s Grammy-winning non-profit classical record label specializing in recording Chicago musicians—hosts its annual benefit, Soiree Cedille, in September.

This special benefit begins with a 4:00 PM reception, followed by a concert featuring Cedille recording artists. World-class violinist and Chicago native Jennifer Koh will perform, and the flute-and-guitar Cavatina Duo will be joined by cellist David Cunliffe for a performance from their new album, Sephardic Journey. Dinner will follow the performance. A special guest of Cedille president Jim Ginsburg will be in town to present philanthropist Joan Harris with Cedille’s Martin D. Ginsburg Award, and the Music Institute of Chicago will receive Cedille’s second Musical Partnership Award, an honor first given to WFMT.

September 11, 2016 / 4:00 PM / Venue SIX10 at Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: Passionate Virtuosity: Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky
Award-winning Egyptian pianist Wael Farouk joins New Philharmonic’s season opening celebration, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Music Director Kirk Muspratt also leads Tchaikovsky’s last symphony, the powerful “Pathetique,” reflecting the composer’s personal heartbreak, and Tchaikovsky’s inspirational and triumphant 1812 Overture.

September 24, 2016 / 7:30 PM /McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
September 25, 2016 / 3 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn

Garfield Park Conservatory’s Music Under Glass Series (773) 638-1766

Garfield Park Conservatory’s second Music Under Glass concert season will open with an extraordinary experience for guests: a Viennese Café-style concert with musical performances by the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, featuring world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler. Mina Zikri will conduct musical selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fritz Kreisler, Franz Lehar, Anton Bruckner, Franz Joseph Haydn, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, and Johann Strauss in the Horticulture Hall. The Hall opens into the spectacular outdoor Monet garden, alive with the beautiful plants and flowers of early autumn.  In keeping with the Viennese tradition, the Hall and garden will allow guests to move about to enjoy conversation with friends and traditional Viennese coffee, wine and Viennese pastries.

September 25, 2016 / 11 AM / Garfield Park Conservatory’s Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago.

Ear Taxi Festival 2016 (email:

Ear Taxi, Chicago’s Festival of New Music, celebrates Chicago’s vibrant and booming contemporary classical music scene. Spearheaded and led by Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Augusta Read Thomas and co-curated by Augusta Read Thomas and Stephen Burns, founder of Fulcrum Point New Music Project, this multi-day event features more than 350 musicians, 88 composers, 54 world premieres, 25 ensembles, and 5 sound installations.

A few festival highlights appear below; here are links for ticket purchases: complete Ear Taxi schedule/single tickets; festival passes; and flex passes).

  • The Latino Music Festival and Avalon String Quartet.   The Latino Music Festival presents the Avalon String Quartet performing the eclectic new works of Chicago leading Latino composers: Elbio Barilari, Gustavo Leone, and Eric Riu.
    October 7, 2016 / 5:30 PM / Harris Theater for Music & Dance (Cube Space), 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
  • Spektral Quartet / Ensemble Dal Niente. Six World Premieres by Chicago’s most ferocious composers are the hallmark of this main-stage concert. Modernist George Lewis teams up with hipster post-modernists Tomeka Reid and Samuel Adams in Spektral’s opening set. The second half of program features Dal Niente interpreting the thorny works of Chris Fisher-Lochhead, the dynamic inventions of Pierce Gradone and the funky microtunings of Jeff Parker.
    October 7, 2016 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater for Music & Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
  • Third Coast Percussion and Spektral Quartet / Chicago Harp Quartet / Arcomusical / All Ear Taxi Festival Musicians / Cliff Colnot. Saturday’s final concert is a percussion extravaganza with the Third Coast Percussion premiering their collaborative composition Reaction Yield and Augusta Read Thomas’ Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals). The second half introduces the Chicago Harp Quartet to the mainstage in a kaleidoscopic new work—Plectraby Carolyn O’Brien followed by Arcomusical celebrating the subtle sounds of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau in compositions by Gregory Beyer and Alexis Lamb. The program concludes with NOX by Drew Baker, a work commissioned by Ear Taxi Festival to bring together representatives from all the ensembles in New Music Chicago conducted by Cliff Colnot performing throughout the Harris Theater.
    October 8, 2016 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater for Music & Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago
  • MusicNOW of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.   Cliff Colnot conducts musicians from the CSO in Marc Mellits’s Splinter, Katherine Young’s the moss glows and the water is black (World Premiere/MusicNOW Commission), Sam Pluta’s Tile Mosaic (After Chagall) (Chicago Premiere), and Manual Cinema with Music by Kyle Vegter: Monday or Tuesday (World Premiere/MusicNOW Commission).
    October 10, 2016 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater for Music & Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago

College of DuPage 630-942-4000

Rick Steves: Travel as a Political Act
As a beloved host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves’ Europe (seen locally on WTTW11) and besting-selling author of more than 50 European travel books, Rick Steves encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals” in order to connect with others and have a better understanding of other cultures. Rick shares how travel has shaped his world view, social activism, and political world. Learn how to turn your next trip into a broadening experience. A Q&A session with book signing will follow the lecture.

October 22, 2016 / 2 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn

College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: An Evening of Gershwin
American music at its finest! Enjoy Gershwin’s unique mix of classical and jazz styles with his “Rhapsody in Blue” for piano, featuring Marta Aznavoorian, and the orchestra performing An American in Paris. The one-hundred-voice Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus (Nancy Menk, Director) joins New Phil, the award-winning Ns. Aznavoorian, and soloists Kimberly Jones (soprano) and Bill McMurray (baritone) for riveting songs from Porgy and Bess including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’Nuttin,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

October 22, 2016 / 7:30 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
October 23, 2016 / 3 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn

College of DuPage 630-942-4000

New Philharmonic Orchestra: New Year’s Eve: 40 Years of New Philharmonic
Maestro Kirk Muspratt welcomes Luminarts Foundation and Metropolitan Opera National Council award-winning tenor Jessie Donner to New Philharmonic’s annul NYE concerts. Mr. Donner appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Nabucco and will be singing in Der Rosenkavalier. His NYE selections will include “Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert” from Lehar’s “Giuditta” and “La fleur que tu m’avait jetee” from Bizet’s Carmen. You’ll also revel in New Philharmonic’s musical spectrum, with traditional Viennese musical selections from Strauss and Lehar, light classical from Von Suppe and Tchaikovsky, and movie favorites.

December 31, 2016 / 2 PM, 5:30 PM & 9 PM / McAninich Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn