WFMT’s Studs Terkel Archive Receives $400,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

It was announced today that the radio archive of long-time WFMT free-spirit Studs Terkel received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $400,000. Between 1952 and 1997 Studs’ radio show on WFMT featured many of the 20th century’s most vibrant artists and thinkers. As a result of this grant and other support, the 5,600 ...

How WFMT’s Mission Landed Morning Host Carl Grapentine His Dream Job

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 is WFMT’s 65th birthday! Morning host Carl Grapentine recalls “how WFMT did it" landed him his dream job.

Add “The Miracle of Hanukkah” Opera to Your Holiday Traditions, Now That It’s (Finally) Been Written

Composer Victoria Bond has been conducting a Christmas favorite, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, with Chicago Chamber Opera for just over a decade. But since Bond is Jewish, “I’ve thought for many years that it would be nice to have a theatrical production for Jewish kids during the holiday season,” she said. Composer Victoria Bond Composer Victoria Bond Her ...

Meet Morgan and Louie, the Adorable, Four-Legged Stars of “The Magic Flute” at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Morgan and Louie get in costume in their dressing room during rehearsals for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute W.C. Fields, who once said, “Never work with children or animals,” has clearly never met Morgan and Louie, the friendly canine stars of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of The Magic Flute. Director Neil Armfield has set the opera ...

VIDEO: Hear the Christmas Carols That Characters in “A Christmas Carol” Would’ve Actually Heard

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is always a holiday favorite. Whether or not you love to read the original novella or see adaptations of it on stage or the silver screen, you may have wondered at some point, “What Christmas carols would characters in A Christmas Carol have actually heard?” One clue comes from the original tale by Dickens. ...

Here Are the Best Christmas Albums of 2016 to Get for the Classical Music Lover In Your Life

This holiday season has an especially rich and varied selection of new releases. If you’re looking for gift ideas, here’s a list of Lisa Flynn's favorites from 2016.

Get a Sneak Peek at Joffrey’s New “Nutcracker,” Set During Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

This holiday season, the Joffrey Ballet has a gift for its hometown city: a world-premiere production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker that’s set in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The new Nutcracker features an award-winning team led by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and replaces a production by company co-founder Robert Joffrey that has been in repertory since 1987. Here’s ...

Your Guide to WFMT’s Holiday Programming

All month long, you can enjoy WFMT's special holiday broadcasts from all around the world. Hear performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chanticleer, the King’s College Choir of Cambridge University, the organ choir of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Music of the Baroque, Itzhak Perlman, and many more, plus special holiday installments of your favorite series.

The Single Most Important Piece of Advice Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Has for Young Musicians Today

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is not only one of the world’s most renowned musicians; he’s also a passionate advocate for using the power of music to create community. In his role as creative consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ma has developed an annual Bach Marathon with musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, CSO’s training program for young professional musicians, ...

LISTEN: The Inspiring Way Composers and Musicians Are Raising Awareness About HIV/AIDS

Musicians and composers are using the art of song to raise awareness about one of the world’s most serious health challenges: HIV/AIDS. You may be familiar with the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt, an approximately 54-ton quilt that commemorates those who have died of AIDS-related causes. It’s currently considered the largest piece of community folk art in the world. Composers and ...

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