Barenboim takes it day-by-day, balancing music with illness

Despite illness, Barenboim is determined to inhabit the conductor’s podium as much as possible.

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

David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion exclaimed, "It feels great to be nominated. We love this city, and we love the musical life of this city..."

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 ...

NY Philharmonic president quits for University of Michigan

Matthew VanBesien will become the third executive to depart this year with the orchestra in the midst of fundraising to renovate its Lincoln Center home.

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

"I really felt like I was in the zone for those three queens, and I made a promise to myself to live in the moment."

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

Elise K. Kirk, emerita director of the White House Historical Society, highlights ten US 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, Joffrey Announce First Collaboration with 17/18 Season Opener

John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, directs, choreographs, and designs the production.

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

"Even though I lived in a Southern community where segregation and discrimination were part of our everyday lives, I always dreamed of a day when these conditions would not exist."

Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert

The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester is playing music from the renaissance to the present, including works by Beethoven and Wagner and a new piece by German composer Wolfgang Rihm.

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