BBC Proms | Víkingur Ólafsson & Philharmonia Orchestra

Music by Prokofiev, Bach, Mozart, and Shostakovich. 8:00 pm.

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | Aero Quartet

Music by Jennifer Higdon, Corey Dundee, Arturo Márquez, Robert Schumann, and Hiromi Uehara. 12:15 pm.

Baroque&Before | Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’ with Jordi Savall

Monteverdi's five-act retelling of the Classical myth, recorded live at the Opéra Comique, Paris.


Beats & Boxing: How Music Adds Power to Ken Burns’ ‘Muhammad Ali’

Jennifer Dunnington creates emotions for a living. For Ken Burns' latest film, Muhammad Ali, Dunnington, an Emmy-winning music producer and music editor, used music to convey emotions, introduce momentum, and ratchet up drama in the rink.

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Live Music is Back For 2021… Here’s Everything We Know.

After a long year away, live music is returning to the Chicago area. So watch this space, where we'll collect all the new season announcements that you won't want to miss!

Met Opera to Stage Anthony Davis’ ‘X’ on Malcolm X in 2023

The Met says X will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert O'Hara that will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah. Will Liverman will star in the title role.

Jamie Barton: Opera Must “embrace the move towards feminine power”

WFMT talks with the outspoken mezzo-soprano about what it means to take on the role of Carmen, why she’s excited to open the COT season, and how modern-day audiences and artists can best confront the more outdated aspects of Carmen and other beloved operas.

Watch WFMT’s Classical Conversation With ‘Approaching Ali’ Composer D. J. Sparr and Star Soloman Howard

Ali was among the most important, most charismatic, most unique figures in American (not just sports) history. So how do you adapt the monumental life of the People's Champion into an opera?

Behind the Scenes: Artists Share & Sing at Rehearsals for Haymarket’s ‘Orlando’

WFMT host LaRob K. Payton visited Haymarket rehearsals, hearing musical rehearsal highlights and talking with two of the production's stars: countertenor Bejun Mehta and mezzo-soprano Emily Fons.

Van Zweden to leave New York Philharmonic after 2023-24

After six years as music director, van Zweden's will be the shortest tenure of anyone in a half-century.

Operatic day at the beach evokes climate crisis

Twenty-one tons of sand are transforming the Brooklyn Academy of Music into a day at a beach for the staging of the global warming opera Sun and Sea.

George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder, dies at 95

One of the great impresarios of 20th-century music has died.

Met’s 9/11 Anniversary: Music Can Help Mend Wounds of 20 Years Ago and Today

Matthew Polenzani, one of the artists performing at the Met's Verdi Requiem commemorative concerts on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, reflects on why music can help us heal.

Artist Icebreaker: Pianist Lara Downes

Ahead of her appearance at Ravinia this week, we sat down to talk with Lara Downes about her efforts to broaden the classical canon, her first introduction to Black composers like Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, and why she loves to work with Rachel Barton Pine.

QUIZ | How Well Do You Know Your Favorite Composers’ Habits?

Can you tell the procrastinators from the diligent workers? How did Stravinsky fix his writer's block? Test your knowledge of composers' habits with these 10 tricky questions!

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