WFMT’s Holiday Central

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so celebrate in style with this one-stop shop for holiday videos, stories, quizzes, and the full list of WFMT’s holiday broadcasts!

Music in Chicago | Chicago Panamerican Ensemble

A Piazzolla tango recorded at the Chicago Latino Music Festival. Noon.

Baroque&Before | The Five Kingdoms of Mediæval Spain

A program of vocal music from Spain from the 13th-17th centuries. 10:00 pm.


Cecilia Bartoli named the first woman artistic director of the Monte Carlo Opera

"I will put all my passion at the service of the Monte Carlo Opera. Taking over the direction of the Monte Carlo Opera is a new stage, but also the realization of a dream," the Italian singer averred.

Creating a Space for Empathy: Composer Joel Thompson speaks about The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Thompson's 2015 piece brings to light an issue that hits close to home in Chicago and countrywide: the killing of unarmed African American men. Thompson parallels Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ; using the liturgy as a guide, he weaves a piece that prompts conversation about race and social injustice.

Beyond ‘Hot Cross Buns’: 21 recorder pieces you should know

The recorder may call to mind tortured performances of "Hot Cross Buns" or "Jingle Bells" from your elementary school days, but these pieces make use of the instrument's virtuosic potential.

“Theatre for the People” — Celebrating 130 years of the Auditorium Theatre

One of the jewels of Chicago architecture is celebrating a major milestone! Designed by Adler and Sullivan, the Auditorium Theatre, the "Theatre for the People," opened 130 years ago.

26 Christmas classics performed by Chicago artists [Playlist]

Chicagoans really know how to celebrate the holidays! Here’s a playlist of Christmas favorites as performed by Chicago-area artists and ensembles.

With ‘Joker,’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could make history

This is no laughing matter: “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could be the first woman in 19 years to win the Golden Globe for best original score.

Royal Opera, The Met remove tenor Vittorio Grigolo

The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call.

Shed your stage fright with these three warm-up tips from violinist Ray Chen

While building a successful career as a musician, (and amassing a mighty social media following), rising violinist Ray Chen has had to stay sharp. And while visiting Chicago for a series of performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chen showed WFMT audiences that being stage-ready is as easy as 1,2,3!

The Diva Gets Her Way — Larry Johnson recalls a signature Jessye Norman recital

On a sweltering summer evening in the early 1990s, Jessye Norman visited the Chicago area for an intimate recital at Ravinia. Host Larry Johnson recalls the singular concert experience.

Sondra Radvanovsky on the acrobatic Bel canto, spectacular couture of ‘The Three Queens’

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s renowned vocal prowess is on impressive display at Lyric Opera of Chicago in The Three Queens. Also on display are three stunning gowns by designer Rubin Singer, who's designed for stars like Beyoncé and Renée Fleming.

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