Sounds Classical | What Do You Think of When You Think of Classical Music?

8pm: Hosts Kristina Lynn and LaRob K. Rafael set off on an exploration of the ever-changing and ever-expanding world of classical music.

Impromptu | US Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet

Noon: The ensemble visited WFMT in 2017.

NY Phil | Winter Holiday Playlist

9pm: Festive highlights from the orchestra’s storied discography.


Jazzy ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ swings on after 57 years

“Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas without hearing that album in the background,” said Derrick Bang, author of the biography Vince Guaraldi at the Piano.

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6 Easy Steps to Finding a New Instrument

If you or your child have a passion for music — or even a mild curiosity — there is no better time to seize the day.

Celine Dion diagnosed with rare neurological disorder

In emotional video messages posted in French and English on Thursday on Instagram, Dion said stiff person syndrome was causing spasms that affect her ability to walk and sing.

Knight, Clooney, Grant feted at Kennedy Center Honors

Normally performers like U2 or Knight would be headlining such a show, but during the Kennedy Center event the honorees sit in the balcony and watch as their peers laud them and perform their works.

Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant

A copy of what's being called Stephen Sondheim's first original cast recording captures the legendary composer's budding skills in a student-led musical while at Williams College in 1948.

Listening Party: WFMT’s New Show Prizes Fresh Perspectives on Classical Music Sounds

"It’s just something you don’t often hear in classical settings. The music ends and we’re laughing. The music ends and we’re singing."

LGBTQ chorus in Colorado Springs unifies community with song

In the days since the Club Q shooting, Colorado Springs' LGBTQ community has worked to collect itself and forge ahead.

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ extends its long Broadway goodbye

Broadway’s longest-running show has postponed its final performance by eight weeks.

Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden’s 1st state dinner

Batiste will be adding White House entertainer to an already long list of roles.

A Beginner’s Guide to Indigenous Instruments of Illinois

The very name Illinois comes from the confederation of native tribes who lived here — the Illini or Illiwek — composed of at least twelve tribes.

Playlist: A Thanksgiving Feast in 20 Food-inspired Pieces

As we prepare to gather around the table for the Thanksgiving feast, put on this playlist of some of the most inspired musical celebrations of food and drink.

Ned Rorem, prize-winning composer and writer, dies at 99

Time once called Rorem “the world’s best composer of art songs,” and he was notable for his hundreds of compositions for the solo human voice.

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