North Carolina home of Nina Simone gets permanent protection

The childhood home of iconic musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone will be indefinitely preserved in North Carolina.

88 Piano Pieces for Piano Month

September is National Piano Month, so WFMT is sharing a supersized playlist – with one selection corresponding to each key on the keyboard.

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts ‘at point of no return’

“The Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen.

Quiz | What American Composer Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which dean of American music you're most like! Are you sparse and minimal like Philip Glass? Or do you prefer the sis-boom-bah John Philip Sousa? Do you prefer Samuel Barber's sonic landscapes of America, or Scott Joplin's Ragtime portraits of American life?

Slow music: Chord change in Germany of 639-year organ piece

Hundreds of fans attended a special kind of musical happening at a church in Germany: a chord change in an organ piece that is supposed to last for an entirety of 639 years.

COT Pivots to Digital, Expands Season

Chicago Opera Theater has revised its 2020-21 season with digital livestreams and additional performances.

Composing for flamingos: Duo pens score for nature special

The man who composed the music to “The Lion King” is just as comfortable with real lions, too.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Music of Chopin?

Chopin is one of the most beloved classical composers today. But how well do YOU know the music of Chopin?

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

“Covid fan tutte” is a satirical take on Mozart’s classic opera “Cosi fan tutte,” with an adapted contemporary story line that reflects the Nordic country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Watch Third Coast Percussion Perform Mesmeric Music by Devonté Hynes

This Thursday, August 27, WFMT cohosted a livestream with Chicago’s own Third Coast Percussion. The Grammy-winning ensemble performed music by Devonté Hynes from their new album, Fields, in a program that also included rapturous dance videos with choreography by Rena Butler of Hubbard Street Dance Group and directed by Quinn Wharton. We hope you enjoy this recording of the performance!

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