Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Art: Music, Dance, Poetry, and more

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, we’ve compiled an assortment of multimedia tributes — music, visual arts, poetry, and dance — to the monumental Civil Rights leader.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Casts TV and Broadway Stars in Upcoming “My Fair Lady”

Lyric Opera of Chicago's American Musical Initiative has brought four productions to the Civic Opera House. Today, Lyric announced casting for its fifth musical in the series, "My Fair Lady."

The 10 Best Classical Recordings of 2016

Here are 10 albums from 2016 that stood out because of the incredible performances, the repertoire, the historical significance, or all of the above.

WFMT’s Studs Terkel Archive Receives $400,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

It was announced today that the radio archive of long-time WFMT free-spirit Studs Terkel received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $400,000. Between 1952 and 1997 Studs’ radio show on WFMT featured many of the 20th century’s most vibrant artists and thinkers. As a result of this grant and other support, the 5,600 ...

How WFMT’s Mission Landed Morning Host Carl Grapentine His Dream Job

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 is WFMT’s 65th birthday! Morning host Carl Grapentine recalls “how WFMT did it" landed him his dream job.

Add ‘The Miracle of Hanukkah’ Opera to Your Holiday Traditions, Now That It’s (Finally) Been Written

"Music and worship started out together..." composer and conductor Victoria Bond explains. "In Jewish worship, prayers are not spoken, they are sung."

Meet Morgan and Louie, the Adorable, Four-Legged Stars of “The Magic Flute” at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Morgan and Louie get in costume in their dressing room during rehearsals for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute W.C. Fields, who once said, “Never work with children or animals,” has clearly never met Morgan and Louie, the friendly canine stars of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of The Magic Flute. Director Neil Armfield has set the ...

VIDEO: Hear the Christmas Carols That Characters in A Christmas Carol Would’ve Actually Heard

If you've read the original novella or seen adaptations onstage or onscreen, you may have wondered which Christmas carols characters in A Christmas Carol would have actually heard.

Here Are the Best Christmas Albums of 2016 to Get for the Classical Music Lover In Your Life

This holiday season has an especially rich and varied selection of new releases. If you’re looking for gift ideas, here’s a list of Lisa Flynn's favorites from 2016.

A Sneak Peek of Joffrey’s New Nutcracker Set During Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

This holiday season, the Joffrey Ballet has a gift for its hometown city: a world-premiere production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker that’s set in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The new Nutcracker features an award-winning team led by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and replaces a production by company co-founder Robert Joffrey that has been in repertory since 1987. Here’s ...

Your Guide to WFMT’s 2016 Holiday Programming

All month long, you can enjoy WFMT's special holiday broadcasts from all around the world.

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WFMT Presents
WFMT Presents

Tuesdays at 8:00 pm

Soundtrack
Soundtrack

Saturdays at 9:00 am

Sunday Afternoons with Robbie Ellis
Sunday Afternoons with Robbie Ellis

Sundays, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Ryan Opera Center Recital Series
Ryan Opera Center Recital Series

First Sundays at 7:00 pm

The Midnight Special
The Midnight Special

Saturdays at 9:00 pm