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: check back on Monday for another round of quiz questions.

      Community

      Chicago Classical Calendar

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

      Top Stories

      The Thanksgiving Story You Haven’t Heard

      "Over the River, and through the wood" She wrote the iconic Thanksgiving poem which has been set to music and learned by American school children for generations. Lydia Maria Child actually made a decent living as a writer. Her manual, called The Frugal Housewife, was particularly lucrative, but don't be fooled by the title. Child was anything but a quiet little wife more...

      The “Monk and Hooligan” Poulenc

      It was one of Poulenc's friends, the noted music critic Claude Rostand, who came up with the description that stuck: "le moine et le voyou." That comment in a 1950 edition of Paris-Presse translated as "the monk and hooligan." It was Rostand's attempt at capturing the extremes in Poulenc's musical personality. This is not to say the composer's mind was chaos, only that it was his nature to shift more...

      Why Live Music on WFMT?

      Spinning CDs is a simple way to keep a radio station on the air. The performers, the production values, and the performances are all certainties. The operation of a CD player is reasonably predictable. With services like radio, Pandora, and Spotify offering a steady stream of great music, why then do people continue to buy tickets to live concerts? more...

      Major Newcomer to Radio’s Saturday Opera

      He's not exactly new to opera; some think he's the greatest living Verdi conductor (Levine fans, avert your eyes). Riccardo Muti is as celebrated as he is hard to get. After a lifetime on the podium, the 73-year-old maestro doesn't need opera companies to satisfy his artistic appetite. He does fancy expanding the repertoire of his symphony orchestra to include opera. Enter the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more...

      View all stories»

      Thanks to our sponsors:

      Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.

       
       

      stay in-touch

      news

      Songs of exiles: rescuing ‘degenerate music’ from the shadows

      The Nazi campaign against so-called ‘degenerate music’, saw works by such composers as Weill, Schoenberg and Hindemith denounced and suppressed. More than 70 years later, much of this music is still unknown. Baritone Peter Brathwaite on his mission to bring it to a new audience.

      Continue reading...






      Widerstehen review – chamber piece seeks salvation for a harrowing history

      Lawrence Batley theatre, Huddersfield
      Christopher Fox’s aunt was executed by the Nazi government. In this fine, Bach-infused work, he recreates her final hours Continue reading...






      Readers recommend: songs that sample, recycle and reinvent – results

      Paid in Full to Rapper’s Delight, Beck to Holger Czukay, RR’s magicman recreates his own list from last week’s topic thread

      Continue reading...






      Read more classical news >

      meet the hosts

      event feature

      Read the biography of host Carl Grapentine 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

      Mozart: Violin Concertos

      Hänssler Classic 93.316 (2 CDs)

      Rate it >

      Alexandre Tharaud: Mozart & Haydn

      Erato 462626-8

      Rate it >

      Shai Wosner: Schubert & Mazzoli

      Onyx 4136

      Rate it >

      Music of Dukas

      Naxos 8.573296

      Rate it >

      Langgaard: String Quartets

      Dacapo 6.220577

      Rate it >

      View all New Releases >