Live from WFMT | Orion Ensemble

From WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio, The Orion Ensemble performs works of Crusell, Bridge, Schubert, and Robert Xavier Rodríguez. 8:00 pm.

Meet Lina González-Granados, the CSO’s New Solti Conducting Apprentice

Colombian-born González-Granados is only the fourth conductor in 10 years to receive the honor.

This animated video explains why Mozart was one of the best procrastinators

"Mozart led a hectic life — he was basically an overcommitted freelancer,” says video co-creator Josh Davidoff


Totenberg Stradivarius reborn 4 decades after theft

A Stradivarius violin stolen four decades ago from the virtuoso Roman Totenberg and returned to his family by a federal prosecutor came alive again — at the crime scene. Nineteen-year-old star violinist Nathan Meltzer revived the prized instrument of the late Polish-born musician on Friday evening at a public concert in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He played the same music as Totenberg ...

Ahead of its Chicago premiere, hear an excerpt from Rachmaninoff’s Aleko

Two operatic opus ones will have their Chicago premieres this weekend, and they both command a chorus of well over 100. Chicago Opera Theater opens its 2019-20 season with a double bill: Joby Talbot's Everest and Rachmaninoff's Aleko.

This animated video explains why Mozart was one of the best procrastinators

"Mozart led a hectic life — he was basically an overcommitted freelancer,” says Josh Davidoff, program coordinator at 92nd Street Y in New York. Davidoff, who is from Evanston and a former WFMT intern, recently provided the voiceover for a new 92Y animated video titled 'How Mozart Freestyled His Way into the Emperor’s Good Graces.' Davidoff collaborated with motion graphics ...

Be a fly on the wall for a Third Coast Baroque rehearsal

Rehearsal might not be the first thing you think of when you turn on WFMT, attend a live performance, or turn on a favorite recording. But behind every great performance or recording is untold hours of practice. Don't get us wrong, we love the final product, but it's also fun and illuminating to go behind the scenes and see the ...

Peter van de Graaff’s Postcards from Central Germany

With Earthbound Expeditions and Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff, WFMT listeners embarked on a classical music-oriented tour of Central Germany with Bach, Mendelssohn, and Clara Schumann at its center.

Pianist Kamil Tokarski performs music of Scarlatti, Chopin, and Albéniz [Video]

On November 13, 2019, Polish pianist Dr. Kamil Tokarski took the Preston Bradley Hall stage to perform a program of works by Scarlatti, Chopin, and Albéniz.

Meet Lina González-Granados, the CSO’s New Solti Conducting Apprentice

Lina González-Granados is the winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced late Tuesday afternoon. Between February 2020 and June 2021, González-Granados will have the opportunity to study and work with Maestro Muti, conduct the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and participate in cultural activities and outreach throughout the greater Chicago area. Since its creation 10 ...

Anniversaries of 19th Amendment, Beethoven, Perlman to be celebrated in Ravinia’s 2020 CSO Residency

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, three concerts with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and Leonard Bernstein’s A White House Cantata will be part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual residency at next summer’s Ravinia Festival. Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman announced today that the residency will emphasize the Beethoven anniversary year, and honor milestone birthdays for Eschenbach and Perlman. ...

Peace Pieces — Pacifism in Classical Music

Listening to classical music can provide a general sense of peace and tranquility, but many great works promote pacifism as their central theme.

The Film Score: Music for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, WFMT is re-airing this program of music composed for war films with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.

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