Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians get 3% annual raises in 3-year labor contract
Music director emeritus for life Riccardo Muti will lead the CSO season-opening concert September 21 at Orchestra Hall.
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra, musicians union agree to 3-year contract
CSO musicians struck for two days in September 2012 and for seven weeks March and April of 2019.
Hispanic Heritage Month Launches on WFMT
Programming highlighting electric composers, masterful performers, and the classical stars of tomorrow.
Chamber Music on the Fox Returns for 10th Season
Across five flagship programs and two additional special events, the series mines chamber repertoire spanning centuries.
Anthony Freud to retire as head of Lyric Opera of Chicago at end of 2023-24 season
Freud turns 66 in October and intends to return to Britain after the season.
Video: Pianist Jiao Sun Plays Liszt, Debussy, Chopin, and More
Jiao Sun, a US-based pianist originally from Harbin, China, visited Chicago for a captivating recital.
Playlist: WFMT Listeners’ First Favorites
We all came to love classical music in different ways. Here are some of the musical first loves of our WFMT listeners, in their own words.
‘Opus,’ the farewell of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, will premiere at Venice Film Festival
Sakamoto had been battling cancer since 2014, and could no longer do concert performances, and so he turned to film. The filming took place over several days, just a half year before his death on March 28 at 71.
Playlist: 8 Popular Songs that Sample Classical Music
Musicians from rap to alternative to K-Pop and beyond look to classical music for inspiration! Here are just a few creative examples.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return with heavy metal holiday tour, ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’
The heavy metal, classical music, theater production, pyrotechnics, and laser lightshow hybrid will stop in Chicago in late December.
Classical Music-Loving Animals to Bring a Smile to Your Face
Humans aren’t the only animals who love big orchestras! Check out our favorite videos of animals dancing along with, singing to, and enjoying classical music.
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