Santa Fe Chamber Musical Festival | Bartók and Shostakovich

Pianist Inon Barnatan joins the Dover Quartet to deliver the Shostakovich Quintet for Piano and Strings. The Johannes Quartet performs the String Quartet No. 3 by Bartók. Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

D-Composed quartet hopes to re-compose the experience of classical concerts with a family-friendly event

Danielle Taylor is a busy Chicago-based classical musician. She is also the parent of an active, energetic seven-year-old, and wishes that conventional classical music concerts were more family friendly. “I haven’t tried to take my daughter to my concerts,” Taylor said. “I know how difficult it is to bring children to classical performances because of the culture, the environment, and ...

Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. “You aren’t doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin,” Ehrlich recalls Obama telling him. And so Franklin ...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul," has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

Can music help your garden grow? We asked the experts.

We love music, but do plants? We asked the experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden if music can help our gardens grow.

A look at Thirsty Ears 2018, Chicago’s only classical music street festival

Last weekend, Access Contemporary Music presented its third annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival.

QUIZ | How much do you REALLY know about Leonard Bernstein?

Everybody loves Lenny, but how much do you really know about this prolific composer, pianist, conductor, and activist? Take our quiz to find out!

VIDEO | Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges performs live in the WFMT studios

Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges is known for her interpretations of classic and contemporary works, and she shared both with us live in the WFMT studios - including a world premiere!

QUIZ | See if you can match the composer to their day job

Making it as a musician is tricky — just ask these guys. All of these composers found ways to make ends meet, and some of them may surprise you!

At 70, violinist Pinchas Zukerman reflects on his life in music

Pinchas Zukerman around the time Isaac Stern brought him to New York to study at Juilliard, c. 1962 (Photo courtesy of the artist) Violinist, violist, conductor, music director, and educator Pinchas Zukerman celebrated his 70th birthday on July 16, 2018. Backstage at Ravinia, he spoke about his life in music and unwavering dedication to his craft with WFMT’s Louise Frank. ...

American Express and Pharrell Williams partner to back arts and music education in schools

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 8, 2018–Today, American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Pharrell Williams announced an expanded partnership and joint commitment to raise awareness and support to bring more arts education to schools nationwide. As part of the collaboration, American Express Platinum and Pharrell will host a fundraising event, called the Yellow Ball, with an all-star lineup of collaborators on September 10, at the Brooklyn Museum ...

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