New York Philharmonic This Week | Gilbert conducts Barber, John Corigliano, and Dvořák

Former NY Phil music director Alan Gilbert leads this varied program. Friday at 9:00 pm.

Music in Chicago | Gary Hoffman, cello, and Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Hear a Ravinia Festival recording of Debussy's cello sonata. Friday at noon.

Best of Studs Terkel | Kronos Quartet

The prolific and influential quartet visited Studs in September 1986. Friday at 11:00 pm.


‘No path is easy’: Black opera singers detail struggles

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera, black singers still face unique obstacles in building their careers within the industry. “We’ve made some strides, but not a whole lot,” said Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of Michigan and author of the book “Black Opera.” “I happen ...

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on revisiting a beloved 150-year-old concerto to open the CSO season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season will start with a much-loved concerto in a performance by two artists picking up the piece for the first time in a while. In a phone interview with WFMT, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes says that he hasn’t played the Grieg piano concerto in more than a decade. And according to Andsnes, Riccardo Muti says ...

Valuable Vinyl: Caring for Your Prized Classical LPs

The multi-sensory, ritualistic experience of listening to a vinyl record transcends any digital playlist. And whether they're new or vintage, you’ll want to make sure that your prized classical albums are well cared for.

A globetrotting new PBS series uses classical music to explore countries, cultures

“The goal of the show is very simple,” says the host of Now Hear This, violinist and conductor Scott Yoo. “To make sure that people try out classical music and give it a chance... If you want to get the most out of life, part of it is getting the most out of music.”

Can video games bring new, younger audiences into classical music?

Video games don’t always conjure up images of a concert hall. Surveys show that 90% percent of teens play video games on a computer, game console, or phone. The numbers aren’t quite as high when you ask teens if they like classical music — a separate survey shows that classical music is the preferred genre of just about 4% of ...

Lyric names Enrique Mazzola as next music director, succeeding Sir Andrew Davis

On September 12, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director, president, and CEO Anthony Freud announced the next music director of Lyric — Spanish-born Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola. When he assumes the position in the 2021-22 season, Mazzola will be just the third music director in the organization’s history. He’ll take the reins from Sir Andrew Davis, who has served as ...

6 classical music and wine pairings that are sure to soothe your soul

Wine and music pair together in perfect harmony. Check out these 6 pairings from maestro and wine ambassador Enrique Mazzola.

Pianist Alon Goldstein performs two Scarlatti sonatas in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio [Video]

In an Impromptu broadcast featuring music by Ginastera, Bernstein, Beethoven, and yes, Domenico Scarlatti, pianist Alon Goldstein spoke with host Kerry Frumkin on the prolific mastery of the Baroque composer, who composed more than 550 sonatas during his lifetime.

Music’s power to connect us takes center stage in Tony-winning The Band’s Visit [Video]

The Band’s Visit begins with a mistake. An Egyptian police orchestra is on tour in Israel accidentally books tickets to the tiny, fictional desert town of Bet Hatikva. While “it could be about two sides that don’t get along,” says Chilina Kennedy, who portrays the enigmatic café owner in Bet Hatikva, “the show is not about conflict. It’s about human connection.”

Baltimore Symphony musicians hit management with complaint

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices. News outlets report the charge was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The musicians say the orchestra hasn’t bargained in good faith regarding wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. A bargaining session between ...

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