WFMT Sponsored Events
WFMT is the proud sponsor of the following concerts and events; click on each organization's name to visit individual web sites for additional information:
The words of William Shakespeare are illuminated through innovative and artful a cappella music as Chicago a cappella commemorates the 400-year legacy of the Bard in 2016. Actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater join the singers on stage to enhance the drama, as sonnets and soliloquies are set to music by brilliant composers from around the world.
February 13, 2016/ 8 PM/ Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
February 14, 2016/ 4 PM/ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago
February 20, 2016/ 8 PM/ Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park
February 21, 2016 / 4 PM/ Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Gerard McBurney, Creative Director
One of the most original and wayward of all composers, Leoš Janácek shocked and baffled his contemporaries by turning his back on the old classical rulebooks. Instead, he chose to take his musical inspiration from the roughest and most contradictory sources all around him: peasants calling to one another in the marketplace, children playing in the streets, drunken village celebrations and the raw noises of the natural world. From such primitive materials, this stubborn Moravian genius created some of the most gripping and colorful dramas ever written, from world famous operas such as Kátya Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen to Taras Bulba, a rhapsody for orchestra that depicts three dramatic and bloodthirsty episodes in the violent life of a Cossack leader.
Designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music, the first half of each Beyond the Score® program offers a multimedia examination of the selected score—its context in history, how it fits into the composer's output of works, the details of a composer's life that influenced its creation-sharing the illuminating stories found "inside" the music.After an intermission, concertgoers return to the hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety. After the Friday evening performance, join the Beyond the Score® creative team for a Q&A session in Orchestra Hall to gain insight into the production and visual elements of the presentation. Free to all Friday ticket holders.
March 11, 2016, at 7:30 PM/Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
March 13, 2016, at 3 PM/Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Join Hubbard Street for its Spring Series 2016, featuring innovative choreography and repertory favorites from recent seasons. This program includes The Impossible by Alejandro Cerrudo, I am Mister B by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, a world premiere by Hubbard Street Rehearsal Director Lucas Crandall, and A Picture of You Falling by Crystal Pite.
March 17, 2016/ 7:30 PM/ Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago
March 18, 2016/ 8 PM/ Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago
March 19, 2016/ 8 PM/ Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago
March 20, 2016/ 3 PM/ Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago
Music of the Baroque
Claudio Monteverdi — 1610 Vespers.
MOB’s spectacular 45th anniversary season continues with a towering masterpiece of the early Baroque — at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual. Monteverdi’s rarely performed 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin offers up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets. Jane Glover Conducts the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra.
April 1, 2016 / 7:30 PM / St. Michael’s Church, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago
April 2, 2016 / 7:30 PM / Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
April 3, 2016 / 3 PM / Divine Word Chapel, 2001 N. Waukegan Rd., Northbrook