Composer, Comedian Robbie Ellis Sings Original Tunes That’ll Have You in Stitches

WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis has shared his talents as a comedian and composer as the host of WFMT’s Cabaret series. During the most recent WFMT Cabaret, Ellis revealed his favorite (albeit unconventional) place to pick up a date: the book club. His song, “Book Club,” suggests a few strategies for attracting and impressing a companion who is literarily inclined. Watch ...

Stream Music of Venezuela’s Greatest Composers

Explore Venezuela's musical traditions with KAIA String Quartet and hear music by Gabriela Montero, Juan Bautista Plaza, and more.

Kontras Quartet Brings Together Classical and Folk Traditions Live at the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge

Continuing its Cabaret series, WFMT brought together diverse artists in the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge, a subterranean space at the Chopin Theatre, on Monday, April 17, 2017. WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis hosted the performance and broadcast before a live audience that featured two Chicago-based ensembles, the band Big Sadie and the Kontras Quartet. The string quartet gets its name from the ...

This Video of Pianist Oscar Peterson Tearing It Up While John Williams Conducts Will Give You Life

Oscar Peterson has delighted music lovers as a solo pianist, playing in his trio, and even with large orchestras. He joined the Boston Pops Orchestra for a performance that was broadcast December 23, 1980 as part of Evening at the Pops, produced by PBS member station WGBH-TV between 1970 and 2005.

Yo-Yo Ma, Civic Orchestra Musicians to Present Benefit “Concert for Peace” at St. Sabina Church

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association today announced a Concert for Peace to be presented Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 pm at St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony’s Creative Consultant, will join players from the Civic Orchestra, the CSOA’s training program for emerging professional musicians, and singers from the Chicago Children’s Choir. Performers ...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Librettist Mark Campbell Explains How to Write an Opera

Mark Campbell has written the words to over fifteen operas to date, making him one of the most active librettists alive. When Campbell visited the Windy City, he spoke about his work and explained, “how do you write an opera?”

Ravinia Announces Two-Season Leonard Bernstein Celebration, Curated by Conductor Marin Alsop

On May 9, 2017, The Leonard Bernstein Office announced “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” a two-year global celebration of Bernstein’s life and career. Following up on that announcement, the Ravinia Festival has announced its plans for a two-season Bernstein centennial celebration during the summers of 2018 and 2019. Conductor Marin Alsop, a Bernstein protégé, will be the musical curator for the ...

Composer Rodrigo Cadet Creates World-Premiere Works for Chicago Students to Teach About Mexico & Its Music

“Music is the perfect way to get to know other parts of the world,” said composer Rodrigo Cadet during a visit to Chicago from his native Mexico. “Sometimes you don’t have the time or means to travel to another place, but music can help you to do that.” As part of a yearlong residency, Cadet has been sharing his music ...

Conductor, MacArthur “Genius” Marin Alsop Explains “Why There Aren’t More Women on the Podiums”

When conductor Marin Alsop became the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she was the first woman to hold this position with a major American orchestra. She’s also the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, and the first conductor ever to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. When Alsop was in the Windy City to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she spoke ...

This waltz once attributed to Strauss is actually by indigenous Mexican composer Juventino Rosas

The waltz is typically associated with composers from German speaking countries. The word waltz is, after all, German. Viennese composers like Beethoven and Schubert composed waltzes. Viennese composer Johann Strauss II was known as the “Waltz King.” But at the same time the Viennese were waltzing around ballrooms and clinking their champagne glasses, the people of Mexico were enjoying waltzes, ...

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