Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | GPMF 2021 Project Inclusion String Fellows

Music by Tomeka Reid, Alexander Borodin, and Jessie Montgomery. 12:15 pm.

Grant Park Music Festival | From Ireland with Love

Christopher Bell conducts an evening of music from the Isle of Erin. 6:30 pm.

Baroque&Before | Napoli illustrissima

Composers who lived and worked in Naples in the 18th century. 10:00 pm.


VIDEO | Pianist Julia Hamos Plays Clara Schumann, Chopin, & Ravel

On a warm summer day, pianist Julia Hamos treated WFMT audiences to a treat: a live recital from the Chicago Cultural Center.

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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!

Mayor Lightfoot Designates ‘Riccardo Muti Day’ To Honor Maestro’s 80th Birthday

July 28, 2021, the 80th birthday of the CSO music director, is Riccardo Muti Day in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proclaimed.

First Planned for 2020, Opera Festival of Chicago Finally Opens Inaugural Season

The new company launches with fully staged works by Puccini and Wolf-Ferrari, plus a concert inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the parade of countries.

The Curious Stories Behind 10 National Anthems You Might Hear This Olympics

National anthems are some of the most iconic pieces of music from around the world. For this reason, they also contain some of the most interesting backstories.

Hop In! Ear Taxi Festival Announces Fall 2021 Return

When it comes to getting around a bustling city like Chicago to see the sights, jumping in a cab is a great place to start. But hearing the city? Turns out, a taxi can take you on a listening journey, too.

Masumi Per Rostad on Beethoven, YouTube, and the Viola

Masumi Per Rostad is an artist completely steeped in classical music. He chats with WFMT ahead of his performance at the Grant Park Music Festival this weekend.

Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast

The Santa Fe Opera's first performance over the weekend included an unmasked cast and a masked audience.

Prokofiev, Hahn, Lang Lang Headline CSO’s 2021-22 Return To Stage

The CSO announces an array of concerts from September to January.

When Worlds Collided: Classical Music Inspired by the Beautiful Game

With this year’s Euro Cup Finals nearly upon us, chants and songs are breathing life into the stadiums. Yet as it turns out, the relationship between music and football extends way beyond chants and national anthems.

Music, Fable, and Batman: Why Beethoven’s Story Makes for a Perfect Comic Book

WFMT sits down with the two writers of The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology a comic book collection inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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