Preview: A Look at the Live Music Of North Shore Chamber Music Fest

Enjoy the beauty of live music-making (even if you aren’t there in person) with a star-studded chamber music sampler of works new and old.

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10 Times Joshua Bell Tore It Up on the Violin

Joshua Bell is one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time... which is to say, he can really tear it up on the violin.

‘Sylvia,’ Rare Delibes Ballet, Comes to Chicago

When Tchaikovsky heard Delibes’s ballet Sylvia, he said, “I was ashamed. If I had known this music early then, of course, I would not have written Swan Lake.” Though many dance lovers are familiar with Delibes’ ballet Coppélia, Sylvia is less commonly performed. Chicagoans have the chance to experience choreographer John Neumeier’s version of Sylvia performed by the Joffrey Ballet, now playing at the Auditorium Theater. I spoke with ...

The Women of ‘Figaro’ on Mozart’s Women

Behind every great man is a great woman, so the saying goes. In Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, the women often run the show. How better to learn about these fascinating female characters than from the women behind Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Mozart’s masterwork? I spoke with Barbara Gaines, the stage director, as well as the opera’s leading ladies ...

Video: Two Italians Talk About Rossini

Baritones Alessandro Corbelli and Vito Priante are two of the most sought-after Rossini singers today. They break down the heralded opera composer's repertoire.

Get a Sneak Peek at Pianist Conrad Tao’s New Album

Chicago audiences will know pianist Conrad Tao from his time as Composer-in-Residence with Music in the Loft, and from WFMT’s airwaves.

Video | Justice Ginsburg on the Death Penalty and Opera

What does opera have to do with the death penalty? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, came to WFMT, Chicago’s fine arts and classical radio station, to explain.

Video | 5 Operas the Notorious RBG Wants You to Know

See which operas Justice Ginsburg chose as her her five favorites during her visit to WFMT.

RIP Jim White, WFMT Chief Engineer

Mark Jahnke, VP and Chief Technology shares the sad news of Jim White’s death. Sadly, we received news last night that Jim White, Chief Engineer for WFMT, has passed away.  Although Jim just joined the company in February of this year, he had quickly become a valued member of the WFMT team.  The second Jim walked in the door at ...

5 Women on Being Modern Women in Dance

The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first-ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, Pam Tanowitz, and Crystal Pite. Modern Women featured the companies that each of these women founded (with the exception of Crystal Pite, whose A Picture of You Falling was performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, instead of her own ensemble Kidd Pivot). ...

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 ...

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