Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2020-2021 Season
Today, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and CSO Association president Jeff Alexander announced the orchestra’s 2020-2021 season. The CSO’s 130th season begins on September 17 with a free concert for Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Muti will lead the orchestra in the Leonore Overture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Scheherazade by ...
From 1-9: Your Guide to Beethoven’s Symphonies
Beginning January 28, WFMT will broadcast Beethoven's nine symphonies on weekdays as the 2:00 pm “Afternoon Masterwork.” The performances feature the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Its founder and conductor, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, shares his guide to these symphonic masterpieces.
2020 Grammys: Nominated Artists Featured on WFMT
WFMT has been lucky enough to share conversations and interviews with many of the 2020 Grammy-nominated artists. Here are all the features with the conductors, composers, and musicians who have been recognized by the Recording Academy.
2020 Grammys: Chicago Flutist Nathalie Joachim Slated to Present at Premiere Ceremony
Ahead of Grammy weekend, a local look at the Chicago-area nominees and hosts!
2020 Grammys: Classical Music Nominees and Winners
“Music’s biggest night” is right around the corner, and the classical music community has a lot to look forward to at the 2020 Grammys.
Dispelling the Stereotypes of the Classical Crossover
The classical crossover has not always had the best reputation, but there's no shortage of ambitious, energizing takes on genre-mixing. Composer and conductor Teddy Abrams, who collaborated with indie-rocker Jim James on a recent album, breaks down the perils and payoffs of the crossover.
Piano works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy by Christopher Goodpasture [Video]
From beneath the glistening Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center, pianist Christopher Goodpasture shared works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy to a full audience.
Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director
The century-old orchestra on Wednesday announced a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert home stand this weekend at Orchestra Hall.
U of I professor wins fellowship for study of violin in UK
A University of Illinois music professor has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Musicology professor Christina Bashford was awarded one of 188 humanities grants across the nation receiving $30.9 million. She will use the grant on a book project about the impact of the violin on Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th ...
11 Classical-Inspired Favorites from the Looney Tunes [Playlist]
Brilliant animation and slapstick humor certainly define the Looney Tunes, but it is impossible to imagine the images on screen without classical music. Emmy-winning conductor George Daugherty shares the inspiration behind the live program "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony," now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
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