Decade in Review: The 2010s and Classical Music

WFMT hosts and staff reflect on what the past decade brought for classical music, and what the new decade may have in store.


“Klavier self” a merry little holiday with these classical pieces for toy piano

It’s that time of year where kids are on their best behavior (gotta be on the "Nice" list!), building gingerbread houses, and making sure to update their holiday lists: paint sets, Legos, and maybe even a toy piano.

Music for the Winter Holidays

"The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays," hosted by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, features music from holiday favorites and other wintry classics.

“Deck the Halls” with Merry, Merry Chicago!

Chicago Symphony Chorus members and pianist Sharon Peterson visited WFMT to spread some cheer and share this short and sweet rendition of a Christmas classic.

Creating a Violin Concerto of ‘Discovery’ — Nicola Benedetti on her Collaboration with Wynton Marsalis

Classical music, jazz, Celtic folksongs, and funk — these genres make up just a few of the words in Wynton Marsalis’ musical language. Violinist Nicola Benedetti calls Marsalis' new violin concerto a "path of discovery."

Dalton Baldwin, pianist who shared stage with Gérard Souzay for 30 years, has died

Baldwin's association with singers Elly Ameling, Jessye Norman, José van Dam, Teresa Berganza, Mady Mesplé, and above all, Gérard Souzay, defines the history of German art song performance in the second half of the twentieth century.

The 10 Best Classical Christmas Albums of 2019

Every year, the holiday season brings a new assortment of fabulous and festive Christmas albums. Here are some of the inspiring recordings we’ve received for 2019. Let them accompany your celebrations this Christmas and for years to come.

Benjamin Britten, composer, pacifist, remembered by the star of his antiwar opera, Owen Wingrave

A lifelong pacifist, Britten used his music to advocate for peace. Baritone Benjamin Luxon, who created the title role of the composer’s pacifist opera Owen Wingrave, reflects on Britten’s legacy of music and pacifism.

Arias and Songs hits 350 broadcasts on WFMT

December 21st's broadcast marks the 350th program of Arias and Songs. Over the seven years on WFMT, host Larry Johnson has played everything from Callas and 'La Traviata' to Nat King Cole and 'The Producers.'

Embracing the ‘Sound of Silence’ — Guitarist Miloš and His Return to Music

Miloš has received international acclaim for sharing the vast capabilities of the guitar. After his period of "silence," in which he took time away from music to recover from a hand injury and intense burnout, the guitarist is back with a new album: "Sound of Silence."

Alexandria Hoffman shares her experience performing on a gunbarrel flute with Yo-Yo Ma

This is no normal flute. Civic Orchestra's Alexandria Hoffman explains how the gunbarrel flute was made, and how she came to play it with Yo-Yo Ma.

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