Staff Spotlight: Telling the Painful and Hopeful Story of the Black Community Through Music

In the first of our WFMT Staff Spotlight series, we share a playlist from Tim Russell, the Vice President of Community Engagement at WFMT and WTTW.

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Listening to Charles Ives Sing Charles Ives Is One of the Most Charming Things You’ll Ever Hear

Composer Charles Ives gave us wonderful works for solo instruments, voice, band, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. He also gave us some wonderful recordings of himself performing his own work. And while the composer was known for using polytonality and microtones, it seems that he may have introduced some of these things into performances of his vocal works accidentally. A quick ...

Playlist | 10 of WFMT Music Director Andi Lamoreaux’s Favorite Musical Works

As WFMT’s Music Director, Andi Lamoreaux get to share some of her favorite music with audiences around the world. Here are some of her favorite pieces and performers, along with suggested recordings.

Author Alan Wieder on His Book ‘Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture but Mostly Conversation’

Studs Terkel (Photos: Nancy Crampton) Writer and oral historian Alan Wieder recently visited the WFMT studios to discuss his new book about long-time WFMT host, free-spirit and renowned oral historian Studs Terkel. Wieder’s book is the first attempt to synthesize many facets of Studs’ life and contains many new insights about his life and times, including stories and details about ...

Hearing Rachmaninoff Play Chopin Will Make You Fall in Love With Your Favorite Pieces All Over Again

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works remain among the most popular in classical repertoire today. But he was more than just a great composer, he was also a fine conductor and magnificent pianist. He loved to play works by Liszt, Schubert, and Bach. Another favorite composer of Rachmaninoff’s? Frédéric Chopin. In fact, there are more extant recordings of Rachmaninoff playing the works of ...

Riccardo Muti “Lifts Every Voice” at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side

As soon as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the first four notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, an audience of over 3,000 at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side broke into applause.

An Inside Look at the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends, presented by The Recording Academy and broadcast on Great Performances.

The Politics of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

When you think of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you likely think of the two titular lovers and their tragic romance. But Sergei Prokofiev put politics at the center of his Shakespeare-inspired ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and got wrapped up in Soviet-era politics himself in composing it. In 1935, Prokofiev accepted a commission to create a new ballet for the Bolshoi ...

WFMT Host Kerry Frumkin’s Postcard From Europe

For the last two weeks of September my wife Deb and I were treated to a cruise on the Rhine River thanks to YMT Vacations, one of WFMT’s loyal sponsors. Along with us were almost two-dozen WFMT listeners. The tour involved land transportation and sightseeing from Munich to Bonn, where we then boarded the A Rosa Viva for eight relaxing ...

8 Chopin Recordings Every Music Lover Should Own

If you love the music of Frédéric Chopin and are looking to expand your recording collection, here are a few albums you might want to consider. These 8 recordings feature 8 different pianists performing 8 different genres, giving you an appreciation for the diversity of Chopin’s works and the musicians who perform them.

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