Relevant Tones | In Memoriam

This week’s program commemorates several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers. Friday at 10:00 pm.

Best of Studs | It’s Like A Dream To Me: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Studs Terkel’s 1970 birthday tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday at 11:00 pm.

QUIZ | Guess The Composer By Their Facial Hair

Think you know classical composers? Can you guess them by their facial hair?


Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Present Free Concert in Millennium Park, Shares New Music Video Celebrating Cultural and Artistic Harmony

“Culture – the way we express ourselves and understand each other – can bind us together as one world.” This powerful sentence opens cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent video of the Prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. This video also coincides with “The Bach Project,” Ma’s quest to perform all of Bach’s six cello suites at 36 locations around the world including at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park in June 2019.

German opera singer Theo Adam dies at 92

BERLIN (AP) — Theo Adam, a German opera singer renowned for his Wagner roles, has died. He was 92. German news agency dpa quoted Adam’s family Friday confirming that the bass-baritone died Thursday at a care home in his hometown of Dresden. Adam made his debut at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949 before joining East Germany’s Berlin State Opera in ...

QUIZ | Guess The Composer By Their Facial Hair

Think you know classical composers? Can you guess them by their facial hair?

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

Today, the Grant Park Music Festival announced its 2019 season of concerts. The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. New this year is the Festival Next initiative, designed to nurture the next generation of artists and audiences. Festival Next will feature recitals ...

Friends of WFMT share their New Year’s Resolutions

To close out out week of musical resolutions, let's hear what some friends of WFMT — musicians, artists, authors, and more — intend to focus on in 2019.

How WFMT Program Director David Polk plans to get more out of attending concerts in 2019

My musical New year’s resolution: Listen More Mindfully Many of the most important and rewarding musical works demand our full attention and were written in and for far less harried times. In Chicago, in particular, we’re lucky to have access to live performances of great works year round, sometimes at low cost or even for free. It’s so easy to ...

Old Town School of Folk Music’s executive director steps down

On January 3, 2019, the Old Town School of Folk Music announced that executive director James “Bau” Graves was stepping down from his position for health issues. Graves had served as executive director of the Old Town School since 2007. In early November 2018, Graves was hospitalized for blockages in three coronary arteries, according to a statement from the school. His resignation ...

Hosts Robbie Ellis and Michael San Gabino share their musical New Year’s Resolutions

So far, we’ve heard musical resolutions from Dennis Moore and Maggie Clennon Reberg. Let’s hear what Robbie Ellis and Michael San Gabino have in store for 2019. Robbie Ellis, host It’s a common new year’s resolution to go see more live performances. I’m going to get more specific than that: I’m going to go see more performances of new music/contemporary classical/living ...

WFMT Host Maggie Clennon Reberg Shares a Musical Resolution for the New Year

Yesterday, host Dennis Moore shared four New Year’s resolutions to kick off 2019. Today, host Maggie Clennon Reberg shares an intention for the New Year! Happy New Year to my Friends in Music! Every year, I thank my lucky stars for living in a city so rich in cultural diversity and artistic excellence. My resolution is to expand my boundaries beyond the musical ...

WFMT Host Dennis Moore Shares Four Musical Resolutions for 2019

Over the next several days, we’ll share some New Years’ resolutions and goals from hosts and friends of WFMT. To start, let’s hear what Morning Show host Dennis Moore is planning to prioritize in 2019.  The turn of the year presents the perfect opportunity for reflection on one’s life. When it comes to music, and its place in your life, ...

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