Valuable Vinyl: Caring for Your Prized Classical LPs

5 industry leaders give you the tips you need to keep your record collection in mint condition for decades to come.

What it’s like to perform with Yo-Yo Ma… on a flute made from a gun [VIDEO]

This is no normal flute —it was made from a reclaimed gunbarrel by artist Pedro Reyes.

Glenn Kotche on composing from the drumkit, his favorite classical music

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This Friday: Early music livestream with lutenist Paul O’Dette

In a concert livestream this Friday, May 22, Paul O’Dette, the Grammy-winning “dean of American lutenists,” will share a program of Elizabethan ballads and Scottish tunes. Prior to the concert, University of Chicago professor Lawrence Zbikowski will chat with O’Dette about his unusual beginnings with the instrument, his approach to technique, and his thoughts on historical interpretation. The concert will ...

Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

Paulo Szot, Marin Alsop, and the cast of Ravinia’s presentation of Bernstein’s MASS (Photo: Ravinia Festival) In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this panel, hosted by WFMT General Manager and Vice President George Preston. In a stream starting at 8:15 ...

Share some coffee and songs with tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Like most of us, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is trying to make the best use of his time and keep his spirits high during the pandemic. A favorite in Chicago, he has thrilled audiences many times at Lyric Opera of Chicago, most recently in 2019 portraying Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Throughout the quarantine, Brownlee has shared a host ...

‘Wicked’ creator Stephen Schwartz on what he learned from Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who created hit musicals like Wicked and Godspell, was just 23 years old when he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein. In a video chat interview with WFMT’s George Preston, Schwartz recounts how he came to contribute to MASS, and what he learned from Bernstein.

WFMT, CSO Announce Extension of Joint Series ‘From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice’

Today, WFMT is pleased to announce the extension of its collaborative series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice — For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times. The joint series, which is curated by CSO music director Riccardo Muti, launched in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first slate of programs running ...

Marvelous Music For Your Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother's Day with this playlist of wonderful classical music inspired by and dedicated to mothers and grandmothers! And while you're celebrating, make sure to share a dedication for the special mothers in your life — we may read it on air!

CSO Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has canceled the remainder of its 2019-20 season in an effort to further curb the spread of COVID-19, a release announced this afternoon. The announcement comes following the COVID-related cancellations of seasons by two other institutions of Chicago classical music — Ravinia Festival (which serves as the summer home for the CSO) and the Grant Park ...

Now Introducing: The Pets of WFMT

As we’ve turned couches and kitchen tables into our new offices, our furry, feathered, scaly, plant-y and all other non-human friends have been pleased to become our new office assistants. Meet some of WFMT’s new work-from-home teammates.

American Takes Top Prize at 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Ryan Opera Center Tenor Takes Third

In March, the ascendant American baritone Edward Nelson took first prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an operatic singing competition hosted in England by the famed East Sussex opera house and designed to discover and spotlight young opera singers from around the world. During the finals, the 31-year-old San Francisco native, who only began singing opera at the age ...

Grant Park Music Festival Cancels 2020 Season

Today, the Grant Park Music Festival announced the cancellation of its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 crisis. The season was to run from June 10 to August 15, primarily at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. According to the release, highlights from the now-canceled season were to have included two “genre-bending world premieres,” with one by Chicago composer Mischa Zupko, ...

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