North Shore Guitarist Adam Levin Brings Music to Mexican Community Founded Atop Former Landfill

“I never thought in a million years that I would found a non-profit,” guitarist Adam Levin said. Yet today he is working to bring “equitable access to the guitar in a sustainable way” through the Kithara Project, which he founded nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The North Shore native’s talents have brought him all over the world, including to Spain on ...

This Black MIDI Version of “Let It Go” Is More Terrifyingly Difficult Than Any Liszt Piece

You’ve likely heard the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen at least once since it was released in 2013. Not only did “Let It Go” win Best Original Song at the 2014 Academy Awards and Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 2015 Grammy Awards, it’s also been recorded in dozens of languages from Cantonese to Croatian. Even ...

In Chicago, Trump Supporter Claps Back at “Hamilton” With Profane Shouting, Leaves in Handcuffs

Following the success of Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, the show has landed in Chicago, where an audience member disrupted a performance on Saturday, November 19. The news follows another incident with the original production of Hamilton in New York that made recent news. Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays the role of Aaron Burr in the New York production, addressed Vice ...

How Transgender Composer Wendy Carlos Changed Music Forever

Whether or not you know composer Wendy Carlos by name, you’ve likely heard her work. At the very least, you’ve benefited from her work to mainstream electronic music. Take a look at some of the most important moments in Carlos’s career below.

Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to ...

How Choreographer Martha Graham Named Aaron Copland’s American Classic, “Appalachian Spring”

When you think of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, do you think of iconic American landscapes? Would it surprise you to know that one of America’s most iconic musical works got its name after it was composed? Appalachian Spring, though perhaps known best as an orchestral suite, was composed as a ballet for Martha Graham Dance Company  starring the company’s founder ...

7 Classical Works to Enjoy During Tonight’s Supermoon

Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest in 68 years since it will be at its closest point in relation to Earth’s orbit – 221,524 miles away. Why is it closer to Earth now? NASA’s website explains: “The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as ...

Watch Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker Show Off Their Chops Playing Chopin

While you may know some of the classic cartoons that feature classical music, do you know that Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker both showed off their chops playing Chopin in an Academy Award-nominated cartoon?

VIDEO: “A Shot of Malört” Is the Song Every Chicagoan Needs to Hear

Two of the most famous songs about the Windy City have been recorded by Frank Sinatra: “Chicago” and “My Kind of Town.” WFMT’s host Robbie Ellis has composed his own Chicago song, “A Shot of Malört,” that he shared during the station’s first Classical Cabaret, hosted at the Uptown Underground nightclub and broadcast live. For those who aren’t familiar, Jeppson’s ...

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Do you think you know divas? Try this quiz and see if you can match the voice to the soprano.

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