CSO | Muti conducts Beethoven and Gershwin

A varied program ranging from a Vivaldi piccolo concerto to a world premiere of a bass trombone concerto by contemporary composer Jim Stephenson. 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.


Robbie Ellis’ Comedy Tunes Prove that Classical Music Can Be Funny [Videos]

Think you know a lot about classical music? Robbie Ellis, WFMT host, composer, music director, and comedy songmaker extraordinaire shares four untold musical revelations that will have your head spinning!

Music of the Baroque Announces 2020-21 season

On February 21, Music of the Baroque announced its 2020-2021 season, the ensemble’s 50th. “We want this golden jubilee season to be a big thank you to the people of Chicago who come to our concerts, and the musicians of Chicago who perform them,” remarked executive director Declan McGovern in the release. “I am so grateful to the amazing musicians ...

Pianist Taek Gi Lee shares a dynamic recital of Beethoven and Liszt

Pianist Taek Gi Lee, who hails from Seoul and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, shared a sensitive performance of works by Beethoven and Liszt in a February 19, 2020 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Enjoy the full recital below, and make sure to like WFMT on Facebook to be notified every time we go live!

UK patient plays violin during unusual brain surgery

LONDON (AP) — Surgeons at King’s College Hospital in London have removed a brain tumor from a woman who played the violin during the procedure. Doctors for violinist Dagmar Turner, 53, mapped her brain before the surgery to identify areas that were active when she played the instrument and those responsible for controlling language and movement. Doctors then woke her ...

Joffrey Ballet Announces 2020-21 Season

This morning, Joffrey Ballet artistic director Ashley Wheater announced the company’s 2020-21 season. A year of milestones, the upcoming season marks Joffrey’s 65th season, its 25th in Chicago, the five-year anniversary of its reimagined Nutcracker, and its inaugural season at Lyric Opera House. Running from October 14, 2020 to May 2, 2021, the season will feature four programs. The season ...

Remembering Jamie Gilson, children’s book author, WFMT contributor, and friend

When Jamie Gilson came into this world there were fireworks, her website explains. She was born on the Fourth of July 1933. She died quietly at her home on February 11, 2020, with her family around her. She was known primarily as a writer of children’s books, but she also wrote for radio, magazines, and film – WFMT, WBEZ, Chicago ...

New Music, Deep Listening: Chicago’s Frequency Festival Celebrates 5 Years

With all the incredible performances that happen every year around this city, it can be easy to forget: Chicago is a hub for new music. This year, one of the cornerstones of Chicago's contemporary classical music scene — Frequency Festival — celebrates its fifth year in a week of new music concerts.

Odysseys of Movement, Music in Joffrey Program

Culminating in “The Times Are Racing” by choreographer Justin Peck, Joffrey's mixed-rep program features “ballet, contemporary, comic, and a ‘sneaker ballet,’” artistic director Ashley Wheater describes.

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.

1 2 3 78

Thanks to our sponsors.

Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.

Featured Content

Studs Terkel
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Featuring over 1,000 radio shows and more

Bill McLaughlin
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Weekdays at 7:00 pm

Impromptu
Impromptu

Live broadcasts from the WFMT studios

Candice Agree
Late Afternoon Music with Candice Agree

Weekdays beginning at 4:00 pm

Larry Johnson
Arias and Songs with Larry Johnson

Saturdays at 4:30 pm

Fiesta with Elbio Barilari

Saturdays at 7:00 pm