Gaudete Brass & Red Star Brass | Live

This week’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert is a special concert featuring 2 brass ensembles | Wednesday at 12:15 pm


QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Music of Chopin?

Chopin is one of the most beloved classical composers today. But how well do YOU know the music of Chopin?

Don't Miss a Beat

How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest

Pianist, composer, and improviser Gabriela Montero is speaking out against corruption in Venezuela, her home country, using the most powerful way she knows how: music. During Hugo Chávez’s term serving as “Eternal President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela” from 1999-2013, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have been murdered by the government. In 2008, the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index ...

From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on His Operatic Debut

Composer Jimmy López never could have imagined that uploading some of his music on YouTube would land him his first opera commission, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, no less. “I’ve been working towards this my whole career,” he said excitedly as he observed summer technical rehearsals for Bel Canto, his newly composed opera, at the Civic Opera House. Superstar soprano ...

WFMT’s Favorite Beach Reads

If you need recommendations for what to read when you're relaxing on the beach, look no further; our staff shares their favorite books about music.

Are You Secretly French? You Might Be If Get More Than 14/20 on This Quiz

Think you know French music? From the salon to the symphony hall, from the opera to the ballet, the French have given us some great music. But, how much French music do YOU know? Allons-y!

“Gopher Tuna” — What ‘Carmina Burana’ Really Sounds Like

Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana, a scenic cantata based on medieval poems, is one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music. We’ve all heard it countless times. But, do you know what the text says? The poetry muses on life, death, fortune, and of course, drinking, gluttony, gambling, and sex. Since the text is in Latin, you may not ...

15 Queer Composers You Should Know

Can you imagine a world without the music of Handel, Tchaikovsky, or Britten? These great composers of the past are just a few of many important musical figures who did not identify as heterosexual. Check out this list of 15 composers, some of whom are still living, and let us know who your favorite queer composers are in the comments ...

Signifyin’ in Song: How the Sounds of Slavery Changed Music Forever

African-American spirituals are not just a cornerstone of the American choral tradition, they have impacted countless genres of music heard everywhere from saloons to symphony halls. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” borrows heavily from African-American musical traditions and spirituals in particular. The composer once said: “I am convinced that the future music of this ...

9 Living Black Composers You Need To Know

If you’re not familiar with these 9 composers, we’ve got 2 things to say: 1. You’re missing out on a lot of great music. 2. Now’s your chance to catch up! June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and while you shouldn’t limit your appreciation of music by African-American composers to the month of June, it’s a nice excuse to explore ...

How One Chord Changed the World: “Tristan” at 150

If you’re a music lover, you may have heard of the so-called “Tristan chord” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Audiences were stunned to hear this infamous harmony when the opera premiered on June 10, 1865 in Munich, Germany. As Tristan turns 150, let’s take a look at what makes the Tristan chord so unique. The “Vorspiel,” or Prelude, to Tristan begins with with a “dissonant” chord. The terms “consonance” ...

What If Nina Simone Had Been a Classical Pianist?

Before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians, she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist.

Thanks to our sponsors.

Learn more about advertising and sponsorship on WFMT.

Featured Content

Studs Terkel
Best of Studs Terkel

Fridays at 11:00 pm

Bill McLaughlin
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Weekdays at 7:00 pm

Impromptu
Impromptu

Live broadcasts from the WFMT studios

Candice Agree
Late Afternoon Music with Candice Agree

Weekdays beginning at 4:00 pm

Opera Series
Opera Series

Saturdays at noon

Fiesta with Elbio Barilari

Saturdays at 7:00 pm