Esa-Pekka Salonen: Without new music, orchestras and opera houses will “dry up” and become “mummified”

Composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is known for his innovative approach to creating new music and curating concerts. During his Chicago residency, he sat down for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of new works and the future of classical music.

Watch cellist Andrea Casarrubios and pianist Ronaldo Rolim perform Schumann

Praised by the New York Times for having “traversed the palette of emotions” with “gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity,” Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios joins Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim in this concert featuring the music of Schumann.

Ravinia revamps dining options with the help of Michelin-starred Levy Restaurants

For the 2018 festival season, the Ravinia Festival is unveiling a newly designed Dining Pavilion run by award-winning Levy Restaurants, most famous for its Italian restaurant Spiagga, located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

QUIZ | Swedish opera or IKEA furniture?

Do you REALLY know the difference between a chair and an opera? Brush up your furniture facts, and put your opera expertise to the test by guessing if these are the titles of Swedish operas or names of furniture designs by IKEA.

“I’m reclaiming my time” | Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore talks about opera, activism, and singing for Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Did you know Broadway's Mykal Kilgore is a classically trained opera singer? He spoke about opera, activism, and singing for Maxine Waters backstage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

20 Contemporary classical works that have inspired CSO composers-in-residence Elizabeth Ogonek and Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek shared 20 modern and contemporary works that have most inspired them in celebration of 20 years of CSO's MusicNOW series.

Classical music for your wedding (that’s not Pachelbel’s Canon)

If you’re looking to add a classical touch to your nuptials, but would like to avoid the ubiquitous “Canon,” we’ve compiled a list some of our favorite pieces to match the mood of each moment in the ceremony.

Richard Gray, Chicago art dealer, philanthropist, and WFMT-WTTW trustee, dies at 89

On May 16, Richard Gray, a longtime supporter and member of the Board of Trustees of WTTW and WFMT, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Chicago, where he was surrounded by family. WFMT’s music library is named for Mr. Gray and his wife of 65 years, Mary, who survives him along with their three children and five grandchildren. ...

Studs Terkel spoke to some of the greatest musicians of his time. Now you can listen to their conversations online.

Between 1952 and 1997, Studs Terkel invited some of the world’s best musicians to join him for his hour-long radio program on WFMT. Though Studs left us in 2008 at the young age of 96, WFMT has continued to share some of his fascinating programs on The Best of Studs Terkel every Friday night. Now, you don’t need to wait ...

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world’s great spoken-word collections, goes public

On May 16, 2018, what would have been Studs’s 106th birthday, listeners will have more access to this incredible gold mine of materials than ever before.

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