Renée Fleming’s advice for singers today

“We’re all different, our voices are different, our bodies are different, our temperaments,” says the superstar soprano.

Baroque&Before | Miserere – Songs of Hope

The ORA Singers presents a program of settings of the Miserere from Allegri to Byrd to Tallis. 10:00 pm.

What it’s like to perform with Yo-Yo Ma… on a flute made from a gun [VIDEO]

This is no normal flute —it was made from a reclaimed gunbarrel by artist Pedro Reyes.


Pianist Lara Downes joins WFMT for a moving and timely virtual concert and conversation

In troubled times, music is a source of hope and healing. In a virtual interview and concert with WFMT's George Preston, pianist Lara Downes performs selections from her new album, Some of These Days.

Chicago’s all-time top musical moments? That’s for you to decide.

In a city replete with an embarrassment of musical riches, you can help decide the 35 musical moments and events that will be remembered in years to come. Or, as the organizing nonprofit Art & Business Council of Chicago, which supports arts, music, and cultural organizations, puts it, you can “help ensure that the beat goes on.” In what is ...

This Friday: Oud player Rahim AlHaj channels “Hope and New Beginnings” in WFMT livestream

As we enter the fourth month of quarantining, its becoming easier and easier to be overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world today. And while it’s easy to slip into pessimism, it’s more important than ever to stay kind, stay optimistic, stay connected. That’s why WFMT is excited to partner with the University of Chicago Presents, the ...

13 pieces inspired by flowers and nature [Playlist]

“And this our life, exempt from public haunts, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything” As You Like It (Act II, Scene 1), William Shakespeare Shakespeare heard the voices of nature, as described here by Duke Senior. Many composers have also answered the call of springtime’s riotous colors during this, the ...

Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album, has died. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died Sunday at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91. Born in Washington, D.C., Cobb was a drummer on the “Kind of Blue” jam ...

A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach’s Solo Cello Suites Live

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach’s six cello suites live as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.

LIVE | Lutenist Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette Grammy-winning lutenist Paul O’Dette shares Elizabethan ballads and Scottish tunes in a video concert livestream right here, starting at 7:00 pm. The “dean” of American lutenists will also join University of Chicago Professor Lawrence Zbikowski in a pre-concert chat beginning at 6:40 pm. WFMT is proud to co-present this live stream with the University of Chicago Presents and ...

Cultures in Concert: Four Latin American Composers Who Fused Folk and Classical Music

As a Mexican music enthusiast, I am avidly fascinated by norteño and ranchera music. The former is a traditional style of music from the northern region of Mexico, and the latter is comes from Mexico’s rural regions. Both of these genres are synonymous with folk music traditions that praise patriotism and love. For me, though, hearing them delights me because ...

Muti to conduct classical music’s return to Italian stage

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian government is permitting concerts and other live performances to begin on June 15, a ...

Three Chicago Premieres in Chicago Opera Theater’s 2020-21 Season

Today, the Chicago Opera Theater took to Facebook and YouTube to announce its 2020-21 season, a slate of three productions that are all Chicago premieres. The season will open on November 21 with two performances of The Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov. Not only will the performances at Harris Theater for Music and Dance mark the Chicago premiere of ...

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