WFMT Sponsored Events

WFMT is the proud sponsor of the following concerts and events; click on each organization’s name to visit individual web sites for additional information:

Chicago a cappella  (773) 281-7820

Chicago, Chicago with Geoffrey Baer CAC celebrates its 25th anniversary with a musical history of the city we call home. With riveting narration by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer and vivid projections illustrating Chicago’s past, the concert includes songs of early French explorers, daring pioneers, and immigrants who shaped the city. The singers will delve into music of the Columbian Exposition, the Great Migration, the birth of blues and gospel, our beloved skyscrapers, champion sports teams, and more. Enjoy this visually and musically vibrant, sometimes comical, and always fascinating portrait of our great city.

October 6, 2018 / 8 PM / Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Ranolph St., Chicago
October 7, 2018 / 4 PM / Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park
October 20, 2018 / 8 PM / Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
October 21, 2018 / 4 PM / Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville

Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series  312-294-3000

Czech Philharmonic Conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic bring their distinctive, celebrated sound to Symphony Center for an all-Dvořák program, beginning with his Cello Concerto. They are joined by acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose recording of this work with the Philharmonic was called “an interpretation of passion, with a spine-tingling thrill and generosity of feeling that make it irresistible” (The Daily Telegraph). The afternoon concludes with the Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)..

November 4, 2018 / 3 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians (872) 395-1754

War and the Human Heart On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Rembrandt presents a special event five years in the making. War and the Human Heart combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Join Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Valparaiso University Bach Choir, and conductor Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) for a thought-provoking journey into the veteran experience. The program features works by Beethoven, Strauss, Holst, Schumann, and others. Former WFMT Morning Program host Carl Grapentine will narrate..

November 10, 2018 / 7:30 PM / St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago

Music of the Baroque  (312) 551-1414

Hewitt Plays Mozart Pianist Angela Hewitt, whom the New York Times calls “an artist of consummate technical skill and refinement,” makes her Music of the Baroque debut in Mozart’s shimmering Piano Concerto No. 27—the very last he wrote. The masterful “Gran Partita” for winds completes a program that shows why Maurice Ravel called Mozart “the greatest musician…our god.”

January 26, 2018 / 7:30 PM / North Shore Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
January 27, 2018 / 7:30 PM / Harris Theater Chicago, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago

Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Hear Amsterdam’s legendary Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a rare tour appearance. Hailed for its “gloriously rich brass, gleaming strings and impeccably blended ensemble” (The Financial Times), the orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 4 by Brahms, and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.

February 12, 2019 / 7 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Symphony Center Presents Orchestra Series

San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas brings the San Francisco Symphony—renowned for its “precise technique, notable muscularity and the musical breadth to excel at everything” (New York Classical Review)—for a program of dynamic works. Christian Tetzlaff joins the orchestra as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and the program also features Agnegram by Tilson Thomas and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to see Tilson Thomas conduct the ensemble he has nurtured for nearly 25 years as they undertake their final domestic tour together.

March 26, 2019 / 7:30 PM /Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago