The San Francisco Symphony performs Bach, Brant, Tchaikovsky, & Thomas

Tonight at 8:00 pm, hear Michael Tilson Thomas conduct a work of his own, as well as pieces by Bach, Brant, and Tchaikovsky

Hear Colonial Music from Perú and Brazil Stream an episode of Fiesta that sheds light on rarely-heard music from over 300 years ago.


This Chicagoan never expected to sing opera. Now she’s singing on one of the world’s largest stages.

Soprano Whitney Morrison began singing before she could even speak. Through her early years of singing in church, she never thought she would pursue a career in opera. Now, Morrison is one of 12 young artists selected for the 2017/2018 ensemble at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. The Ryan Opera Center is one ...

VIDEO: This is what it sounds like when 100 percussionists play together

In April 2017, 99 percussionists joined composer Marta Ptaszyńska for the world-premiere performance of her piece Voice of the Winds at the Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago. The performance was presented by the MCA-Chicago and Contempo of the University of Chicago Presents, of which Ptaszyńska serves as artistic director. Logistically, Ptaszyńska’s piece presents some obvious challenges. First, you need ...

Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Concert for Peace” Takes a Stand against Violence at South Side’s St. Sabina Church

“Yo-Yo Ma wanted to meet with me, and I thought it was a joke,” Reverend Michael L. Pfleger said to an audience of over 1,000 people at St. Sabina Church on Sunday, June 11. St. Sabina, Chicago’s largest African American Catholic church, is located in Auburn Gresham, a South Side neighborhood that has suffered from much of the violence that ...

10 Instrumental Covers of “Despacito” To Make You Swoon

In January 2017, singer Luis Fonsi released “Despacito,” a reggaeton-pop song featuring rapper Daddy Yankee. “Despacito” has since become the first Spanish-language single to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 since “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) held the spot in 1996. The track’s music video depicts Fonsi and Yankee performing in their native San Juan, Puerto Rico, showcasing shots of ...

10 Operas About Poisonous and Medicinal Plants

June 8 is “National Name Your Poison Day.” Though the origins of this offbeat holiday are unknown, bartenders typically celebrate by asking their patrons to “name their poison,” — that is, to pick their preferred alcoholic beverage. We decided to take a more literal approach to the day’s festivities. Check out this list of 10 operas about poisonous and medicinal plants, taken largely from ...

6 Unforgettable Composer Friendships

Throughout music history, there have been many well-known friendships among composers. J.S. Bach and Telemann were so close that Telemann became the godfather to one of Bach’s sons, Carl Philipp Emmanuel. The friendship between Haydn and Mozart is so famous there’s an entire Wikipedia page describing it. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s friendship with Modest Mussorgsky was immortalized by Venedict Yerofeyev’s poem Moscow-Petushki, which depicts Rimsky-Korsakov waking up his (drunk) buddy in ...

KAIA Kids Around the World – The Music of Brazil

WFMT is proud to present KAIA Kids Around the World, a new web series that explores music from across the globe. As WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, KAIA String Quartet is taking WFMT fans on a musical adventure throughout Latin America from May – July 2017. With nine different stops throughout Latin America, KAIA is exploring the music of Brazil from May ...

One of Conductor Manfred Honeck’s Favorite Quotes Might Change the Way You Think About Classical Music

Conductor Manfred Honeck shared one of his favorite quotes that guides his artistic work, and it just might change the way you think about classical music.

Hear Music by Chiquinha Gonzaga, the Brazilian Composer Who Was 100 Years Ahead of Her Time

When Brazilian pianist, conductor, and composer Chiquinha Gonzaga’s first husband told her to choose him or music, she replied, “Well, sir, my husband, I do not understand life without harmony.” Shortly after, they parted ways. The stigma of divorce, however, followed her. Shunned by her own family, Gonzaga was left to fend for herself in Rio de Janeiro. During the ...

The 8 Most Musical Episodes of “The Simpsons”

It’s National Doughnut Day, and who loves doughnuts more than Homer Simpson? No one, that’s who! To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at some of the most musical moments on The Simpsons.

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