How opera helped drag queen Monét X Change find her inner diva

Whether you’ve seen Monét on RuPaul’s Drag Race or live, you might not know that she is a classically-trained opera singer. "Opera and drag are very similar. In drag, we just wear bigger lashes,” she said.

19 African American composers to celebrate on Juneteenth (and every day of the year)

Though African Americans have not historically enjoyed the same rights and privileges as others, their contributions of music have been nothing short of history-changing. Here are 19 composers to help you celebrate Juneteenth, and which in turn deserve to be celebrated.

President and CEO of League of American Orchestras on the state of American orchestras, need to diversify

WFMT Program Director David Polk discussed efforts of orchestras in the U.S. to diversify, as well as the state of American orchestras more generally, with League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato | Without the arts as an outlet, children may turn to anger and violence

DiDonato partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and dozens of other artists to bring the arts to young people at a crucial stage in their development: infancy. After asking, “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if every new born child was not only given a lullaby when they leave the hospital, but a personal one from their parents?” The Lullaby Project was born.

Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania is gripped by a political soap opera featuring French Open tennis champion Simona Halep, a world-famous soprano and the mayor of Bucharest. Following Halep’s win in Paris this weekend, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea — a key member of the country’s ruling Social Democratic Party — held a grand ceremony at a sports arena to give ...

Yo-Yo Ma performs at St. Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side to raise awareness about gun violence

In 2018, 6,308 Americans have died due to gun violence, and 11,841 more have been injured, according to Gun Violence Archive. In Chicago alone, 1164 people have been shot this year, including 190 deaths and 974 injuries; 38 of those shootings took place between the evening of Friday, June 8 and the morning of Monday, June 11, resulting in 9 ...

VIDEO | Loge, the opera-loving German Shepherd, sings along to Wagner

Tom, of Wilmette, IL, has had German Shepherds for almost forty years, and most of them have been named after characters from Wagner’s "Ring Cycle." Hear his opera-loving dog Loge sing along to Siegfried's horn call.

VIDEO | Mandolin 101 with Avi Avital

World-renowned Avi Avital gives us an introduction to the mandolin, explains what makes his instrument so special, and shares his unique journey to becoming a professional mandolin player.

What do Philip Glass and J. S. Bach have in common? More than you think, according to pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Despite being born centuries apart, Philip Glass and J.S. have much in common than you'd think.

See highlights from WFMT’s first ever beach party

We had a ball at our first WFMT beach party at Theater on the Lake. Check out video and photo highlights from our day of sun, fun, and great music.

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