CSO | Bychkov & Gardner

Preeminent conductors Semyon Bychkov and Edward Gardner share the podium in music by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Nielsen. 8:00 pm.

Collectors’ Corner | Mieczysław Karłowicz

Recordings by the Warsaw, BBC, and Silesian Philharmonics. 10:00 pm.

WFMT Welcomes Next Music Director

He's a broadcaster, vocal performer, and avid concertgoer. And now, he's also WFMT's music director.


Towering Musical Theater Master Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died.

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Steve Martin Inducts WFMT Favorite Jens Kruger Into American Banjo Hall of Fame

Known for his inventive, hard-to-categorize musical style of composition and performance, banjoist Jens Kruger has been inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.

Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green Ready for Operatic Stardom

This Met Opera season alone has been an impressive run of roles for Ryan Speedo Green, whose bass-baritone voice and charismatic stage presence unfailingly impress critics and audiences.

7 Native American Musicians You Should Know

Meet seven Indigenous American musicians spanning genres (hip hop, punk, rock) and states (Illinois, California, Arizona).

Chicago Classical Music Makes A Strong Showing at 2021 Grammy Nominations

It's another great year for the city's classical music community with Chicago-born and based artists, producers, and engineers receiving recognition.

WATCH | Saxophonist Julian Velasco Wins Cedille Records Emerging Artist Competition

This past weekend, WFMT teamed up with Cedille Records to stream the finals of the venerable Chicago label's first-ever Emerging Artist Competition. Now, a winner has been named...

WFMT Joins Forces with Cedille to Share Stream of Emerging Artist Competition

The first such event in Cedille's history, the competition is being held in honor of the label's 30th anniversary. The first place artist will get to create a record that will be produced and released by Cedille.

Watch | J’Nai Bridges, Shawn Okpebholo Join WFMT for Bach to School Virtual Assembly

For this WFMT Bach to School Virtual Assembly, WFMT's George Preston welcomed mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges and composer Shawn Okpebholo to discuss J’Nai’s stunning Habanera from Carmen and Shawn’s composition "Oh Glory."

New San Francisco Center to Share Classical Music With All

Yo-Yo Ma, who spent the better part of the pandemic playing cello to an online audience, helped inaugurate the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's new campus by playing an energetic cello suite on Friday.

Venezuelan Musicians Pursue World’s Largest Orchestra Record

Thousands of Venezuelan musicians, mostly children and adolescents, have attempted to set the record of the world's largest orchestra during a concert in Caracas.

Verismo Meets Lyrical Flow: Chicago Composer Creates Opera from Classic Nas Track

It was a rap song by Nas that directly influenced Chicago composer Steve Wallace’s newest chamber opera, Undying Love.

Emilie Kouatchou Makes ‘Phantom’ History On Broadway

The actor and soprano made her Broadway debut as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera," becoming the first Black woman in the role in the show's 33-year history in New York.

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