what’s playing now
Thanks to our sponsors:
Learn more about advertising
and sponsorship on WFMT.
Carl's Morning Quiz
Carl's Morning Quiz: check back on Monday for another round of quiz questions.
Chicago Classical Calendar
Use the calendar below to browse upcoming
WFMT’s Suzanne Nance hosts A Carol Festival with the Valparaiso Chorale, women's and men's choirs, and instrumentalists performing Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, in addition to favorite carols and hymns for the season. more...
Hear Truman Capote narrate his own short story, A Christmas Memory, published originally in Mademoiselle Magazine in 1956. In it, the author tells a largely autobiographical tale (or memory) of being seven years old in rural America at Christmastime more...
YouTube sensation and popular choral composer Eric Whitacre presents a program of his own works. In this one-hour broadcast, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse, describing the often colorful backstory of how each piece came to be. more...
The annual Midnight Special Christmas/solstice program features holiday humor such as Stan Freberg, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May, new Christmas recordings from 2014; and in observance of its 100th anniversary, a very special feature, the entire performance by Cantus of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 a recreation of carols and readings from that night in WWI more...
Thanks to our sponsors:
Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.
Were you paying attention in 2014? See how many of these comings and goings, firsts and lasts, and highs and lows you remember Continue reading...
In the final in our series, a cappella group the King’s Singers create a special festive playlist for us - from Bach to Bublé, from carols to Crosby.
It’s no secret that Christmas is our favourite time of the year, not just because we get to spend time at home with our friends and families, but also because there’s so much music that we love to perform and to hear. This playlist is a just a snapshot of some of the music that really says Christmas to us. Though we can’t perform all of it ourselves - it’s not all totally suitable for an a cappella sextet - it’s music we’ve all grown up with - whether performing it in chapels and cathedrals or hearing it on the radio. The playlist follows the structure of a typical King’s Singers concert, starting with more classical repertoire and moving forward in time to popular music from the present day. It includes music by many of our favourite artists - some of which we’ve been privileged to sing with in our own pasts - ranging from traditional choral ensembles to current a cappella group and even to full-blown pop stars. We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we do, and would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
David, Tim, Julian, Chris B, Chris G, Johnny – The King’s SingersContinue reading...
Get through the festive season with Anne Ferran’s Shadow Land, Australia’s largest short film festival and the cellists who made it big on YouTubeContinue reading...
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
Joel Weisman and his all-star panel tackle the top stories of 2014. In politics, Bruce...
In this special Year In Review edition of The Week In Review, Joel Weisman's guests...
Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is trying to gain traction in the race to...
travel with wfmt
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.
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.
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.
Christmas in Harvard Square
Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums
Warner Classics 0825646243648 (5 CDs)
Lux de caelo
Harmonia Mundi HMU-907615
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Music for Advent