Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84

“I simply write the songs about where I am and where I’m from,” Lightfoot once said. “I take situations and write poems about them.”

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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

Choreographer and modern dance maven Claire Bataille: "But gender discrimination is really no different in the dance world from what it is in the corporate world..."

How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest

"I wrote Ex Patria in 2011 to honor the 19,336 victims of homicide that year in Venezuela."

Why Composer Max Richter Wants To Put You to Sleep

Composer Max Richter wants people to doze off during his latest composition, SLEEP, which he calls an “8-hour lullaby.”

Kent Nagano’s ‘Violent Shift from the Status Quo’

This idea of hearing something new in live music underscores Nagano's overall outlook of the concert experience.

Singer Omara Portuondo on the Buena Vista Social Club’s Farewell Tour

Señora Portuondo, one of the greatest singers of our time, spoke with WFMT about Buena Vista’s goodbye tour, relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and the power music has to bring people together.

Star Soprano Karita Mattila’s Secrets to a Long, Successful Career

Finnish soprano and two-time Grammy Award winner Karita Mattila is celebrating her 33rd season as a professional performer. What are the secrets to her enduring success?

From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on His Operatic Debut

"I’ve been working towards this my whole career," Lopez said excitedly as he observed summer technical rehearsals for Bel Canto.

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