STREAM | The Art of Paul Robeson This week, Arias and Songs features American bass and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.


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Hear the opera by Colombian composer Eustasio Rosales that was almost lost forever

Hear "Andina," a long-lost opera composed by Eustasio Rosales, that had its world-premiere in Chicago after being discovered by the composer’s great-grandson, Arlen Parsa.

Lyric Opera of Chicago star Janai Brugger shares her favorite things to do in her hometown

Since the soprano’s career takes her around the country and the world, her time in Chicago between gigs can be limited. But there are four things she has to do whenever she’s back home.

Exploring Chords: “Vanessa”

Listen to a beautiful aria from "Vanessa," the opera’s Intermezzo, and Bill McGlaughlin describing the sounds that Barber uses to create moods.

Why Coretta Scott King called music her “first love” but gave her up her career as a singer

Coretta Scott King studied voice and piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, but gave up her career in music.

Was Frida Kahlo the “greatest love” and muse to this iconic lesbian chanteuse?

The name Frida Kahlo is almost synonymous with Diego Rivera. But Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most iconic painters, also had a relationship with one of Mexico’s most iconic singers: Chavela Vargas.

Charles Dutoit steps down early at Royal Philharmonic

LONDON (AP) — Charles Dutoit has stepped down early from his role as artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic following allegations of sexual misconduct. The philharmonic said in a statement on Wednesday that the renowned conductor’s planned departure, originally scheduled for October 2019, would be effective immediately. It said the decision followed an emergency board meeting and “dialogue” with ...

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2018 Season

Today, the Grant Park Music Festival announced its 2018 season of concerts, which runs for 10 weeks from June 13 – August 18. This summer, the festival presents thirty concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, as well as additional concerts at the South Shore Cultural Center, Columbus Park Refectory, and Harris Theater for Music and Dance. ...

5 classical recordings everyone should hear (that sound better on vinyl)

WFMT host Kerry Frumkin has picked 5 of his favorite classical recordings. But it's better to listen to them on vinyl.

In the age of earbuds, is vinyl the answer to better listening?

Hearing is not the same as listening, and WFMT's Kerry Frumkin suggests that in the digital age, vinyl might help us listen better.

Listen to the 10 best live performances at WFMT in 2017

Enjoy listening to highlights from the best live broadcast from the WFMT studios in 2017, and be sure to stay tuned for another great year of broadcasts from our studios and beyond.

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