Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Yo-Yo Ma

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to Symphony Center for a program of Shostakovich and Prokofiev, led by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach’s cello suites in free concert for Chicago

Revisit the illustrious cellist's Millennium Park concert ahead of his performance on tonight's CSO broadcast!

Audition for Introductions

Perform on WFMT’s showcase of the Chicago area’s finest pre-college musicians!


A globetrotting new PBS series uses classical music to explore countries, cultures

“The goal of the show is very simple,” says the host of Now Hear This, violinist and conductor Scott Yoo. “To make sure that people try out classical music and give it a chance... If you want to get the most out of life, part of it is getting the most out of music.”

Can video games bring new, younger audiences into classical music?

Video games don’t always conjure up images of a concert hall. Surveys show that 90% percent of teens play video games on a computer, game console, or phone. The numbers aren’t quite as high when you ask teens if they like classical music — a separate survey shows that classical music is the preferred genre of just about 4% of ...

Lyric names Enrique Mazzola as next music director, succeeding Sir Andrew Davis

On September 12, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director, president, and CEO Anthony Freud announced the next music director of Lyric — Spanish-born Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola. When he assumes the position in the 2021-22 season, Mazzola will be just the third music director in the organization’s history. He’ll take the reins from Sir Andrew Davis, who has served as ...

6 classical music and wine pairings that are sure to soothe your soul

Wine and music pair together in perfect harmony. Check out these 6 pairings from maestro and wine ambassador Enrique Mazzola.

Pianist Alon Goldstein performs two Scarlatti sonatas in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio [Video]

In an Impromptu broadcast featuring music by Ginastera, Bernstein, Beethoven, and yes, Domenico Scarlatti, pianist Alon Goldstein spoke with host Kerry Frumkin on the prolific mastery of the Baroque composer, who composed more than 550 sonatas during his lifetime.

Music’s power to connect us takes center stage in Tony-winning The Band’s Visit [Video]

The Band’s Visit begins with a mistake. An Egyptian police orchestra is on tour in Israel accidentally books tickets to the tiny, fictional desert town of Bet Hatikva. While “it could be about two sides that don’t get along,” says Chilina Kennedy, who portrays the enigmatic café owner in Bet Hatikva, “the show is not about conflict. It’s about human connection.”

Baltimore Symphony musicians hit management with complaint

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices. News outlets report the charge was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The musicians say the orchestra hasn’t bargained in good faith regarding wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. A bargaining session between ...

12 Clara Schumann pieces you should know [Playlist]

Clara Schumann was one of the 19th century's most celebrated composers and performers for the piano. Ahead of the 200th anniversary of her birth, celebrate her with a playlist of some of her greatest compositions.

Meet the conductor who’s resurrecting Maria Callas (in hologram form)

With a laugh, Irish conductor and composer Eímear Noone describes herself: “My background is very traditional classical, and my love of all things shiny and new and technological brought me to this world where the orchestra meets technology.” By her description, she seems like a logical candidate to conduct a cutting-edge orchestral recital featuring a hologram Maria Callas.

‘He groped me’: Singer says opera’s Domingo grabbed breast

The glittering production was a high point of the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season: Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid,” about a legendary Spanish conqueror, starring a tenor legendary in his own right — Placido Domingo, then the company’s artistic director. The opera, also being filmed for broadcast on public television, was unquestionably a career break for a 28-year-old singer named Angela Turner ...

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