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: It's Halloween. And we're playing music about ghosts and goblins and things that go "bump" in the...well, morning! We've just heard several depictions of the devil, and we have one more coming up when we hear the final scene from The Damnation of Faust. Who composed The Damnation of Faust? Answer >>

      Community

      Chicago Classical Calendar

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

      Top Stories

      Lyric Opera Timeline: the First 60 Years

      In 1952, a student singer named Carol Fox got to chatting with her vocal coach, Nicola Rescigno, and insurance man Lawrence Kelly about ways to sustain an opera company in Chicago – a series of previous attempts had ended in bankruptcy. They agreed, if they were to attempt such a venture, they would need to marshal community support – and what better way to recruit supporters than to show them an opera? In February 1954 more...

      WFMT’s Lyric Opera Weekend

      In February of 1954, Lyric Opera founders Carol Fox, Nicola Rescigno, and Lawrence Kelly launched the first production, hoping it would inspire opera lovers to step forward and offer financial and community support for an opera company in Chicago – it did. Rescigno conducted two performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni as the Don, and Eleanor Steber more...

      Playing Playfully on WFMT’s Impromptu

      The seriousness with which the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio performs Shostakovich or Ravel belies the fun and laughter they're sharing when they work together. Make no mistake, they can play, but one gets the sense they're modeling both meanings of the word "play." A notion which seems to spill into other aspects of their lives. more...

      “Il trovatore,” An Operatic Thrill Ride

      Combine a searing love triangle, an odious count, a long lost child, some gypsies, a civil war, a haunting, and a witch burned at the stake, and you've got Giuseppe Verdi's "Il trovatore," an opera stuffed with devices to delight theater-goers and ruin the opera's protagonists. "Il trovatore" is designed to feel like the fastest two hours and forty-five minutes in theater, with sword fights, shocking cruelty, and tender more...

      View all stories»

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.

       
       

      stay in-touch

      news

      BBC NOW/Llewellyn review an insightful Dylan Thomas celebration

      Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor
      Daniel Joness Fourth Symphony, composed in memory of the poet, was the centrepiece for this evening of striking and sensitive responses to Thomass work

      Continue reading...






      Philharmonia/Sokhiev review revels in Romantics and rebels

      Royal Festival Hall
      A strong performance of Berliozs Symphony Fantastique and an intense Coriolan featured alongside sparkling Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili Continue reading...






      Muhly: Two Boys CD review inventive but impossibly arch opera from NY Met

      Appleby/Petersen/Coote/Metropolitan Opera/Robinson (Nonesuch, 2CDs)

      Continue reading...






      Read more classical news >

      meet the hosts

      event feature

      Read the biography of host Suzanne Nance and find out more about all WFMT hosts.


      View all Hosts >

      travel with wfmt

      travel feature

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

      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.

      View all Travel >

      new releases

      Alessio Bax Plays Beethoven

      Signum Records SIGCD-397

      Rate it >

      Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

      Decca 478 6757 (6 CDs)

      Rate it >

      Perla Barocca

      Channel Classics CCS SA 36014

      Rate it >

      Schubert for Harp

      Ancalagon ANC-141

      Rate it >

      Sculthorpe: Complete Quartets with Didjeridu

      Sono Luminus DSL-92181 (2 CDs)

      Rate it >

      View all New Releases >