Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Michael Tilson Thomas and Nicola Benedetti

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the CSO and guest violinist Nicola Benedetti in a program of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. 8:00 pm.

Mister Rogers remembered by his former music director [Video]

"The music was such an important part ... of how [Fred Rogers] approached communicating."

This video proves Mozart was a great procrastinator

Procrastination can pay — just ask Mozart!


Dalton Baldwin, pianist who shared stage with Gérard Souzay for 30 years, has died

Baldwin's association with singers Elly Ameling, Jessye Norman, José van Dam, Teresa Berganza, Mady Mesplé, and above all, Gérard Souzay, defines the history of German art song performance in the second half of the twentieth century.

The 10 Best Classical Christmas Albums of 2019

Every year, the holiday season brings a new assortment of fabulous and festive Christmas albums. Here are some of the inspiring recordings we’ve received for 2019. Let them accompany your celebrations this Christmas and for years to come.

Benjamin Britten, composer, pacifist, remembered by the star of his antiwar opera, Owen Wingrave

A lifelong pacifist, Britten used his music to advocate for peace. Baritone Benjamin Luxon, who created the title role of the composer’s pacifist opera Owen Wingrave, reflects on Britten’s legacy of music and pacifism.

Arias and Songs hits 350 programs on WFMT

December 21st's broadcast marks the 350th program of Arias and Songs. Over the seven years on WFMT, host Larry Johnson has played everything from Callas and 'La Traviata' to Nat King Cole and 'The Producers.'

Embracing the ‘Sound of Silence’ — Guitarist Miloš and His Return to Music

Miloš has received international acclaim for sharing the vast capabilities of the guitar. After his period of "silence," in which he took time away from music to recover from a hand injury and intense burnout, the guitarist is back with a new album: "Sound of Silence."

Alexandria Hoffman shares her experience performing on a gunbarrel flute with Yo-Yo Ma

This is no normal flute. Civic Orchestra's Alexandria Hoffman explains how the gunbarrel flute was made, and how she came to play it with Yo-Yo Ma.

Cecilia Bartoli named the first woman artistic director of the Monte Carlo Opera

"I will put all my passion at the service of the Monte Carlo Opera. Taking over the direction of the Monte Carlo Opera is a new stage, but also the realization of a dream," the Italian singer averred.

Creating a Space for Empathy: Composer Joel Thompson speaks about The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Thompson's 2015 piece brings to light an issue that hits close to home in Chicago and countrywide: the killing of unarmed African American men. Thompson parallels Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ; using the liturgy as a guide, he weaves a piece that prompts conversation about race and social injustice.

Beyond ‘Hot Cross Buns’: 21 recorder pieces you should know

The recorder may call to mind tortured performances of "Hot Cross Buns" or "Jingle Bells" from your elementary school days, but these pieces make use of the instrument's virtuosic potential.

“Theatre for the People” — Celebrating 130 years of the Auditorium Theatre

One of the jewels of Chicago architecture is celebrating a major milestone! Designed by Adler and Sullivan, the Auditorium Theatre, the "Theatre for the People," opened 130 years ago.

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