Looking Forward from a Crossroads with Liza Malamut, Newberry’s New Director

"I’ve been fascinated with this music for a long time — it’s extremely unusual for our preconceived notions of what Renaissance music sounds like."

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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.

Minnesota Orchestra To Perform Historic Concerts in Cuba

On Friday, May 15 from 7:00 CT Central until 10:00 pm, WFMT will join American Public Media for a live broadcast from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra.

Listen: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life

A conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field.

Star Soprano Kate Royal on the Joys and Difficulties of Singing Rare French Works

Soprano Kate Royal has made her name singing in some of the oldest and most beloved operas in the repertoire by Monteverdi and Mozart, but the London native is also drawn to and sought-after to perform in more modern operas.

Playlist: 5 Mexican Composers You Should Know

Learn more about Mexico’s most celebrated composers of the past and present. Here are 5 Mexican composers you should know because of their incredible contributions to the world of music.

Playlist: 6 Songs to Welcome the Merry Month of May

“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot famously wrote. But May is here, and what better way to welcome this merry month than with music? Here are six songs to help you say goodbye to April showers and say hello to May flowers.

Mezzo Jamie Barton Receives $50K Richard Tucker Award

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton was just named the recipient of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, a prestigious honor conferred annually and informally dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera."

WFMT’s Top 10 Reads on World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, a yearly event celebrated worldwide on April 23rd and organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Looking for a good read to celebrate World Book Day? We at WFMT have picked some of our favorite reads to share with you.

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Judges described Wolfe’s work, Anthracite Fields, as a “powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century.”

Guggenheim Fellow Rudresh Mahanthappa On Creating Music that Defies Genre

To label Manhathappa's music simply as a fusion between Carnatic music and jazz would be reductive. If, anything, it represents "the beautiful multicultural state of affairs of the United States right now."

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