WFMT partners with Art on theMART to pair classical holiday music with a festive, 25-story art installation on the Chicago River

By Keegan Morris |

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A rendering from Art on theMART’s holiday program by Obscura Digital

Chicagoans and visitors alike can now enjoy the sounds of the season with festive classical music selected by WFMT to accompany the holiday program for one of the city’s largest pieces of public art — Art on theMART.

From December 19 to December 31, 2018, WFMT’s selections will accompany Art on theMART’s holiday program. As theMART shines with projections of wintry images dancing across its 2.5 acre façade, you can click here to stream the holiday music on your phone.

For the holiday program, WFMT music director Andi Lamoreaux chose seasonal classics, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and cherished carols like “Adeste Fideles” and “Silent Night.”

Art on theMART runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The holiday program, with WFMT’s music selections, concludes on New Year’s Eve.

In addition to the holiday program and WFMT’s seasonal music selections, the program features vibrant video works by contemporary artists Jan Tichy, Zheng Chongbin, Diana Thater, and Jason Salavon.

Art on theMART launched on September 29, 2018. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Art on theMART “a visionary project that brings Chicago’s legacy of public art and iconic architecture into the future.” The installation will continue for 30 years, per an agreement between the owner of theMART and the city.

WFMT is proud to partner with Art on theMART and contribute festive classical music to theMART’s inaugural holiday program!

For information about Art on theMART and the audio stream featuring WFMT’s holiday music selections, click here.