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 ...

10 U.S. Presidents Who Changed Music in America, According to White House Historical Society Director Emerita

In anticipation of Inauguration Day, Elise K. Kirk, emerita director of the White House Historical Society, highlighted ten U.S. presidents who changed music in America through the music they presented at the White House.

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s La forza del destino is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the company’s 2016-17 schedule to save about $1 million. The staging, a co-production with the English National ...

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Announce First Collaboration with 17/18 Season Opener

Tuesday, January 17, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that it will open its 2017-18 season with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, a new co-production with LA Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Staatsoper Hamburg. John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, directs, choreographs, and designs the production, which also marks Lyric’s first collaboration with Joffrey. A Milwaukee native, Neumeier recently collaborated ...

10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

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