Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Riccardo Muti conducts ‘Scheherazade’

This week’s program features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, plus two works by Mozart. 8:00 pm.

11 Studs Terkel Conversations for Black History Month

Celebrate with this sampling of inspiring and edifying conversations from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

Some Sublime Schubert from Duo Tal & Groethuysen [Video]

The duo shares one of the staples of the piano four-hands repertoire.


Odysseys of Movement, Music in Joffrey Program

Yin and yang; past and present; pointe shoes and … sneakers? Contrast can make cohesion — just ask Joffrey Ballet artistic director Ashley Wheater. Speaking on the company’s latest program, a mixed-repertory presentation featuring five ballets, Wheater explains that sometimes “it is the contrast between ballets which is interesting…like the resonance between two complementary colors set side by side.” Culminating ...

Drawing Hope and Courage from Opera — Dan Shore’s ‘Freedom Ride’

With a story that highlights how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go, Chicago Opera Theater presents the world premiere of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride, which centers on a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2020-2021 Season

On Wednesday, February 12, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis announced the company's 66th season. A North American premiere, a Midwest premiere, and a special opening night concert with Renée Fleming are among the highlights. The 2020-2021 season will also be Sir Andrew's last as music director.

Combining cappuccinos and chamber music with the Chicago Sinfonietta

“Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings’ while enjoying a nice pour-over, or anything by Mozart would be perfect,” says Sadie Woods, project manager of the Chicago Sinfonietta‘s Residents Orchestrate Project (ROP). Whether you enjoy Liszt and a latte, Grieg and a green tea, or Bartók and a black coffee, the Sinfonietta’s ROP Melodic Lounge live music series infuses symphonic sounds with aromatic coffeehouse ...

Marvin Goldsmith, Marketing Executive and WFMT-WTTW trustee, dies at 84

Marvin Goldsmith, WTTW and WFMT Trustee, died last Thursday evening, February 6, 2020, at age 84. Elected to the Board in June of 1977, “Marv” was one of its longest-serving members. As a trustee, he dedicated valuable time, expertise, and counsel to the Development and Investment Communities, to finance and governance functions, and to the WFMT Radio Committee. He is ...

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Italian opera singer Mirella Freni has died at age 84. Freni’s manager said the famed soprano who enthralled audiences for half a century died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of strokes. Freni was the last in a line of Italian sopranos who prompted ovations with their entrances alone. Broadway playwright ...

No Maestro, No Problem for Chicago’s Conductorless Orchestra

Conductors are all but a given in symphonic performance today. Front and center, they provide a dynamic focal point for the audience while guiding the artistic experience onstage. But what if there were no conductor? Who would run the show? In chamber music, the artists themselves are usually tasked with determining the artistic interpretation and then communicating together to play ...

Harris Theater Announces 2020-2021 Season

This morning, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance announced its 2020-2021 season. The season which runs from August 19, 2020, to May 6, 2021, features 36 performances including vocal recitals, symphonic concerts, and ballet performances. The season’s lineup of vocal concerts includes performances by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who will perform music from her ...

‘Is this the real life?’ — Opera artists on singing ‘verismo’ with Muti & CSO

'Verismo,' by its very definition, means truth. Rather than depicting nobility or mythology, 'verismo' opera tells stories of everyday people, and 'Cavalleria rusticana' by Pietro Mascagni is a premiere example of the genre. Before their performances with Riccardo Muti and the CSO, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, tenor Piero Pretti, and baritone Luca Salsi talked with WFMT about their approaches to 'verismo' opera and the relevance of 'Cavalleria' today.

National Symphony cancels 3 China concerts due to virus

The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai next month following China’s virus outbreak. Music director Gianandrea Noseda had been scheduled to lead performances in Beijing on March 13 and March 14 followed by a concert in Shanghai on March 17, all with Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang. The orchestra says the decision was made ...

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