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


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