Met Opera to present Blanchard’s ‘Champion’ in April 2023

The staging follows the success of the composer Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones on the opening night of this season.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Season

Riccardo Muti will conduct ten weeks of subscription programs at Symphony Center and lead the orchestra on two U.S. tours, to the West Coast in October and to the East Coast in February 2018.

How Angélique Kidjo Went from Hating Classical Music to Collaborating With Philip Glass

Kidjo's curiosity about classical music was sparked in an unlikely way. Her father started playing Beethoven on the banjo.

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February, Chicago Boasts Over 80 Nominees in 35 Categories

This Grammy season, Chicago has a lot to celebrate. Sarah Jansen, the executive director of the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter, said the city boasts over eighty nominations across thirty-five different categories at the Chicago Grammy Membership Celebration/Nominee Party. The event took place on Tuesday, January 25, 2017 at the Chicago Athletic Association, where attendees spoke with WFMT about the role ...

Watch WFMT’s First Classical Cabaret

In 2016, WFMT launched its Classical Cabaret, a brand new, live radio variety show. The first ever Classical Cabaret was hosted at the Uptown Underground, a burlesque longue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Composer, musician, and WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis hosted a fun evening from the piano. He shared some of his own original compositions, including a very hilarious, very Chicago ...

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky Explains Her Holistic Approach to Learning Opera’s Most Demanding Roles

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky proved she is one of opera’s reigning queens when, during a single season, she performed three of the most difficult bel canto roles at the Metropolitan Opera: the title roles in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda as well as the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky is getting ready to perform the title role in ...

10 US Presidents Who Changed Music in America, According to White House Historical Society Director Emerita

In anticipation of Inauguration Day, Elise K. Kirk, emerita director of the White House Historical Society, highlighted ten U.S. presidents who changed music in America through the music they presented at the White House.

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s La forza del destino is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the company’s 2016-17 schedule to save about $1 million. The staging, a co-production with the English National ...

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Announce First Collaboration with 17/18 Season Opener

Tuesday, January 17, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that it will open its 2017-18 season with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, a new co-production with LA Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Staatsoper Hamburg. John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, directs, choreographs, and designs the production, which also marks Lyric’s first collaboration with Joffrey. A Milwaukee native, Neumeier recently collaborated ...

10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

Hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to Studs Terkel about his dream, the dangers of hate, and the power of love

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with WFMT host Studs Terkel following his historic “I Have a Dream Speech.” During their conversation, recorded at the Chicago home of Mahalia Jackson on October 22, 1964, Terkel asked King, “When did this dream first come to you?” Hear their full conversation below alongside transcriptions of selected quotations below. “To live as brothers” ...

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