LISTEN | Musical Treasures from Portugal

Stream an episode of Fiesta that explores several centuries of musical treasures from Portugal

LISTEN | Celebrating 5 years of Latin American classical radio Stream the 5th anniversary episode of Fiesta featuring KAIA String Quartet, guitarist Fareed Haque, and pianist Susan Merdinger


The Black Composer Speaks Celebrates 3 Generations of Composers in 1 Night on Chicago’s South Side

Composer and cellist Tomeka Reid presents the world premiere of "Present Awareness" alongside the works of Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, and Kahil El’ Zabar.

Frederick Douglass Owned a Copy of a Stradivarius, His Grandson Played for Two Presidents

Frederick Douglass wasn’t just an abolitionist leader, author, and statesman – he was also a music lover. He wrote passionately about the importance of music in communities of enslaved people in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In fact, he wrote that music gave him his “first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery. I can never ...

VIDEO: Renée Fleming’s Most Important Advice for Young Singers to Be Successful in Opera Today

Soprano Renée Fleming offers advice for young singers from inside the Civic Opera House in Chicago Soprano Renée Fleming offers advice for young singers from inside the Civic Opera House in Chicago As classical music and opera evolve into the 21st century, so must musicians. Star soprano Renée Fleming spoke with WFMT to share some advice for today’s young singers. ...

Meet Susie Lape, the New Executive Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Now in its 70th season, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) recently announced that Susie Lape will serve as the orchestras’ new Executive Director. Susie is currently Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony. You might recall a recent WFMT series highlighting the Lake Forest Symphony’s search for a new music director in the aptly named program The Search. The CYSO ...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Season

Music director Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association president Jeff Alexander have announced the 2017-2018 season of the CSO and Symphony Center Presents. Muti will conduct ten weeks of subscription programs at Symphony Center and lead the orchestra on two U.S. tours, to the West Coast in October and to the East Coast in February 2018. He’ll honor the ...

How Angélique Kidjo Went from Hating Classical Music to Collaborating with Philip Glass

When Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo first heard classical music growing up in Benin, on Africa’s West Coast, she was not impressed. Yet today she’s touring with the Bruckner Orchester Linz to perform original works she created with composer Philip Glass titled Ifé, Three Yorùbá Songs. Before performing these works at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago on Friday, February ...

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February, Chicago Boasts Over 80 Nominees in 35 Categories

This Grammy season, Chicago has a lot to celebrate. Sarah Jansen, the executive director of the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter, said the city boasts over eighty nominations across thirty-five different categories at the Chicago Grammy Membership Celebration/Nominee Party. The event took place on Tuesday, January 25, 2017 at the Chicago Athletic Association, where attendees spoke with WFMT about the role ...

Watch WFMT’s First Classical Cabaret

In 2016, WFMT launched its Classical Cabaret, a brand new, live radio variety show. The first ever Classical Cabaret was hosted at the Uptown Underground, a burlesque longue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Composer, musician, and WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis hosted a fun evening from the piano. He shared some of his own original compositions, including a very hilarious, very Chicago ...

Hear 6 Cutting-Edge, Contemporary Works, Straight From National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Late Night at National Sawdust is a program dedicated to highlighting contemporary classical music that may otherwise fall on deaf ears. Relevant Tones and National Sawdust partnered up to bring listeners a quarterly live broadcast of exciting new music from the world premiere of a piece co-composed over Facebook to a work inspired by ancient history. Performances from the original ...

NY Philharmonic president quits for University of Michigan

NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew VanBesien will resign as president of the New York Philharmonic on May 1, the third executive to depart this year with the orchestra in the midst of fundraising to renovate its Lincoln Center home. VanBesien said Tuesday he will become president of the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society in July. Lisa Mantone, hired in ...

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