what’s playing now

      View playlists >

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Carl's Morning Quiz

      Carl Grapentine

      Carl's Morning Quiz: Another "who am I?" I was born 67 years ago today. At age 11 I began studying at the Curtis Institute where my father was one of my teachers. My concert career began in 1959 when I was 13! I played at the Marlboro Festival--the festival founded by my father, my grandfather, and my great-uncle. Who am I? Answer >>

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising
      and sponsorship on WFMT.


      Chicago Classical Calendar

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

      Top Stories

      Chicago’s Joan Harris to Receive National Medal of Arts

      On Monday, July 28th, the President and First Lady will recognize Joan Harris for her tireless support of the arts. It was announced on Tuesday that she would be a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. The visage of Joan Harris is a familiar one around the lobbies of the Civic Opera House and Symphony more...

      From Soviet Refugee to iTunes Favorite

      When Yevgeny Kutik was a boy, his mother declared, "Enough." She packed up her family and left the Soviet Union. There wasn't any one reason. It was a series of reasons: Yevgeny was bullied in Kindergarten; she was laid off because her employers exceeded their "quota of Jews"; her older son had picked up racial slurs at school more...

      Zukerman Chamber Players Recorded Live at Ravinia

      Monday at 8:00 pm South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth grew up in Canada. Together with her husband, Pinchas Zukerman, Forsyth co-founded the Zukerman Chamber Players. They played the popular Archduke Trio and the Dumky Trio at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. That recital airs on Monday evening at 8:00 pm on WFMT. Beethoven and Dvořák more... more...

      Lyric’s New Opera (Just a Peek)

      Getting beyond “The book was better” - Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel "Bel Canto," general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book. Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of more...

      View all stories»

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.


      stay in-touch


      Bernard Cribbins: 'I made Noël Coward's favourite record'

      No one tells a story like Bernard Cribbins. Simon Hattenstone settles down to listen to the former paratrooper, pop star and Womble talk about his epic career and never having children of his own

      Bernard Cribbins is completing the Telegraph crossword when I arrive. He looks up. "What bloody time d'you call this?" I apologise. He grins. He knows the trains have been delayed at Waterloo. "Six down, enzyme, must be. Bobobobobom, bobobobobom," he sings, to no recognisable tune. It's a brute of a summer's day, and Cribbins' pink shirt is sweat-patched, and there's a rivulet dripping from his forehead. He has a full head of white hair, a beard like brambles and a crippling handshake.

      He is 85 now and industrious as ever. This week, appropriately enough, he stars in the first CBeebies Prom as Old Jack, eponymous hero of the BBC show Old Jack's Boat. Appropriate because no actor has done more for children's drama than Cribbins. His CV of grownup work is formidable: the horrific Mr Hutchinson in Fawlty Towers; the belligerent barman in Hitchcock's Frenzy; a starring role as Nathan Detroit in Richard Eyre's Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre; camping it up with Kenneth Williams in the Carry On films; crooking it up alongside Peter Sellers in Two-Way Stretch. Then there are the hit singles he had in the early 1960s. But it is his work for children that most of us remember: voicing every character in the Wombles; a record number of Jackanory appearances; station porter Albert Perks in the enduring Railway Children; two stints in Doctor Who almost 50 years apart; and now Old Jack's Boat in which he sits with Salty, his gorgeous Hungarian wire-haired vizsla, and tells stories.

      Continue reading...

      Good news for music education... but the fight must go on.

      Tuesday brought a Double Victory for the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Protect Music Education Campaign. But challenges remain.

      Tuesday brought genuine, actual, bona fide, what-I-call Good News, thanks to months of pressure from the Incorporated Society of Musicians Protect Music Education campaign, which was supported by over 5,000 individuals and 134 music education and industry institutions. The government confirmed extra funding for the Music Education Hubs, to the tune of £18m, which means that the Hubs will receive £75m in 2015-16. And perhaps even more significantly, in a statement from David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools also released on Tuesday - the government U-turned on its previous advice to Local Authorities that they shouldnt continue to fund Music Services. Snuck in at the end of the statement is the following: Local authorities will continue to have total discretion about whether to spend any of the ESG [Education Services Grant] they receive on providing music services. Within the convolutions of Department-of-Education speak, that may not sound like much of a ringing endorsement, but its a return to the status quo, at least, in which the money for the Hubs is ring-fenced for music education, and Local Authorities still have the power and privilege of funding music in their area.

      So, with all the twists and turns of these facts, figures, and jargon, it all means that more children will have access to music education, to instrumental tuition, and singing, and that the Hubs can plan their next year with confidence. Yet problems remain: those discretionary grants from Local Authorities have been slashed in recent years, and are still at threat, and the overall grant for Music Education is not back to the historic high that it reached a few years ago. The ISMs wider campaign goes on, to secure commitments about what happens after 2016, and meaningful pledges from all the major parties about what happens in the next parliament. Along with the still patchy success of the Hub-project, theres still a lot of work to be done even if theres also reason to celebrate just a little too

      Continue reading...

      Prom 6: Der Rosenkavalier review scaled back but still a treat

      Royal Albert Hall, London
      The Proms' first complete Rosenkavalier featured vivid orchestral colours and memorable performances from the principal singers

      In May, reviews of Glyndebourne's new production of Der Rosenkavalier triggered a media storm about sexism. But the reviews also discerned a musical coolness in the production. Now, two months later, in this semi-staged rendering for Glyndebourne's annual Prom visit, many of those reservations can be set aside.

      That may be because Richard Jones's iconoclastic production had to be severely scaled back for the Albert Hall. But the principal reason is musical. Robin Ticciati conducted with a sure feel for the ebb and flow of Strauss's score, and with the London Philharmonic rearranged in front of the staging, orchestral colours were vividly pointed. The offstage band at the start of act three, often muddily distant in the theatre, has rarely sounded so interesting.

      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 Van De Graaff for a trip to Montreal & Quebec City this September!

      travel feature

      Join Lisa Flynn for a tour of Scotland.

      travel feature

      Join Peter Van De Graaff this October for the treasures of Cuba's rich culture of music, dance, art, and history!

      View all Travel >

      new releases

      Brahms Beloved II

      Telarc TEL-34659-02 (2 CDs)

      Rate it >

      Schumann: Piano Music

      Naïve V-5364

      Rate it >

      Per Monsieur Pisendel 2

      Avie AV-2308

      Rate it >

      Music for Heart and Breath

      Deutsche Grammophon B0021058-02

      Rate it >

      Robert Kyr: Choral Music

      Harmonia Mundi HMU-807577

      Rate it >

      View all New Releases >