what’s playing now

      View playlists >

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising
      and sponsorship on WFMT.

      Carl's Morning Quiz

      Carl Grapentine

      Carl's Morning Quiz: In what city is Covent Garden?Answer >>


      Chicago Classical Calendar

      Use the calendar below to browse upcoming
      Chicago-area concerts.

      Top Stories

      Impromptu: The Dover Quartet

      Monday, January 26 at 10:00 am Tune in as Kerry Frumkin welcomes the Dover Quartet to WFMT. Following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has been making quite a name for themselves as one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. You can hear why when more... more...

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts: Muti with New Music

      Sunday, January 25 at 1:00 pm A CSO ReSound retrospective broadcast will feature music by the CSO’s two composers-in-residence, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne, conducted by music director Riccardo Muti. Clyne calls Night Ferry “a sonic portrait of voyages; voyages within nature and of physical, mental, and emotional states.” Bates calls Alternative Energy “an energy more... more...

      A New Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago

      Saturday, January 24 at 7:15 pm A new production of Puccini’s Tosca opens this week at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with three singers making their company debuts in the leading roles: Tatiana Serjan as Tosca, Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi, and Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia. “Tosca, an impulsive opera star,” says Lyric, “is in love with more... more...

      Celebrating CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti

      Friday, January 30 throughout the day Tune in for this all-day tribute to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic and charming music director Riccardo Muti, partially curated by the Maestro himself. Recordings of his work and of his influences will air throughout the day, including recordings from the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize concert that have not more... more...

      View all stories»

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.


      stay in-touch


      Modest good news for music education as government stick to their word

      Hubs funding is to increase, but Arts Council England chief Darren Henley has a fight on his hands if he is to safeguard music education

      Good - if shockingly mundane - news to report from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). The government and Arts Council England confirmed on Monday that the ring-fenced money for music education hubs would indeed rise – as predicated and promised in the wake of the ISM’s Protect Music Education Campaign last year – by £17m, going up to £75m for 2015-16. This is of course to be welcomed, but it’s a pretty sorry state of affairs when it’s something to be celebrated in music education that a government simply sticks to its word.

      In any case, it’s an important first step for Darren Henley, in his new job as chief executive of Arts Council England, to have been able to ensure the meaningful survival of the hubs, which were, after all, the key recommendation of his own report into music education, commissioned by this government early in its term. But while the entire cultural sector prepares for what will almost certainly be yet more cuts, whatever volatile strain of political marriage of convenience we’re all probably in for in May, there are special issues for music education, not least in reversing the conclusions of recent reports into the current hubs provision, which paint a picture that’s just as patchy as was the previous music-education ecology.

      Continue reading...

      Patrick Gowers obituary

      Composer renowned for his film and TV scores Continue reading...

      Hagen Quartet review – Mozart celebrated with sparkling spontaneity

      Wigmore Hall, London

      A series of concerts devoted to Mozart’s quartets kicks off with an exhilarating exploration of the boundaries of his writing

      Continue reading...

      Read more classical news >

      meet the hosts

      event feature

      Read the biography of host Lisa Flynn and find out more about all WFMT hosts.

      View all Hosts >

      travel with wfmt

      travel feature

      Join Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff next May on an exclusive classical music cruise down the Danube. Celebrate the genius of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.

      travel feature

      An Exclusive Classical Music Tour through the City of Lights with WFMT! Join Carl Grapentine and fellow opera lovers next May as we tour our favorite European opera destinations in Paris.

      travel feature

      Opera in La Suissse Romande! Spend a lovely spring week in in Geneva and Lausanne with Opera Adventures and noted composer, pianist, and teacher, Larry Axelrod.

      View all Travel >

      new releases

      Haydn Symphonies

      Philharmonia Baroque Productions PBP-08

      Rate it >

      Handel: Music for Queen Caroline

      Les Arts Florissants Editions

      Rate it >

      Judith Jauregui: Aura

      Berli Music BM-002

      Rate it >

      20th Century String Trios

      Avie AV-2315

      Rate it >

      Mozart: Music for Basset Horn

      Bremen Radiohall Records CD-1402

      Rate it >

      View all New Releases >