This LGBTQ Pride Month, WFMT honors the numerous LGBTQ artists and composers who have changed classical music for the better. On air, we’ll underscore these important figures like Aaron Copland, Marin Alsop, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and more. Look below to peruse our programming highlights for the month.
Saturday, June 5
- 12:00 pm: From the Metropolitan Opera | Britten’s Billy Budd
- 4:30 pm: Listening to Singers with Oliver Camacho: Patricia Racette, Jamie Barton, Laurie Rubin
Other selections include:
Tuesday, June 8
Sunday, June 13
- 6:35 pm: Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings was written for his creative and life partner, tenor Peter Pears, who appears on this recording, with Britten himself conducting.
- 7:00 pm: Dame Ethel Smyth‘s Serenade in D
Monday, June 14
- 3:00 pm: Excerpts from Aaron Copland‘s The Tender Land
Saturday, June 19
- 4:30 pm: Listening to Singers with Oliver Camacho: An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope
Sunday, June 20
- 6:00 pm: Maurice Ravel‘s song cycle, Shéhérazade
Sunday, June 27
- 6:00 pm: Douglas Lilburn: Symphony No. 2
- 7:10 pm: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
Keep the celebration going with our sister station, WTTW — Chicago PBS.
See their LGBTQ Pride Month programming here!