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 Shakespeare Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream  312-595-5600

Celebrate twenty years of Shakespeare on Navy Pier in a wonderland where fairies fly, a donkey bursts into song, and love potions can change hearts. Internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling reimagines his lauded production that inaugurated Chicago Shakespeare’s first season on Navy Pier. Over the course of a night, the stories of royalty, quarrelsome fairies, young lovers, and a troupe of aspirational players are woven into one enchanting tapestry backed by a vibrant score blending rock, jazz, blues, and ’50s doo-wop. Shakespeare’s raucous humor and wondrous imagery makes it easy to see why this play has remained an audience favorite for more than four hundred years.

December 6-January 27 / Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier, 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago


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
 312-294-3000

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
 312-294-3000

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