Commercial and critical darling Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.


Watch Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker Show Off Their Chops Playing Chopin

While you may know some of the classic cartoons that feature classical music, do you know that Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker both showed off their chops playing Chopin in an Academy Award-nominated cartoon?

VIDEO: “A Shot of Malört” Is the Song Every Chicagoan Needs to Hear

Two of the most famous songs about the Windy City have been recorded by Frank Sinatra: “Chicago” and “My Kind of Town.” WFMT’s host Robbie Ellis has composed his own Chicago song, “A Shot of Malört,” that he shared during the station’s first Classical Cabaret, hosted at the Uptown Underground nightclub and broadcast live. For those who aren’t familiar, Jeppson’s ...

QUIZ: Name That Soprano!

Do you think you know divas? Try this quiz and see if you can match the voice to the soprano.

LISTEN: “The Film Score: Music for Veterans Day” with Critic Michael Phillips

Last February, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and WFMT producer Matt DeStefano introduced The Film Score, celebrating great music composed for the movies. Daily segments of The Film Score were tied to the Academy Awards, and the series generated enormous listener response, feedback, and appreciation. It’s encore time. The Film Score: Music for Veterans Day is an hour-long special, once ...

Pianist Mary Sauer Retires from Chicago Symphony Orchestra After 57 Years of Service

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced in a press release on November 8, 2016 that principal piano Mary Sauer will retire after nearly six decades of service.  A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sauer received her bachelors and masters in music degrees from the Chicago Musical College.  She studied piano with Rudolph Ganz, William Kapell, and Irene Schneidmann. Sauer began her long ...

Classical Music and Musicians at the White House, By Presidential Administration

We the people of the United States of America love classical music. Here's a look at some of the classical music and musicians that have been heard at the White House throughout history, arranged by presidential administration.

6 Times Orchestras Scored at Major Sporting Events

On November 2nd 2016, the Chicago Cubs made history when they won the World Series. Cubs fans around the world have been “flying the W” (for Wrigley Field) and singing the team’s victory anthem “Go, Cubs, Go!” ever since. Following this historic win, classical music fans may have another tune in their head: a performance of the national anthem performed ...

Baroque Opera Discovered in Bolivian Jungles Has Midwest Premiere

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VIDEO: Juilliard Students Troll Westboro Baptist Church with Musical Counter-Protest

When students at the Juilliard School in New York learned that members of the Westboro Baptist Church were planning to protest “the vanity called ‘The Arts’” outside of the prestigious conservatory, they quickly planned a counter-protest. A press release posted on the church’s website announced that on November 3rd, from 8:00-9:00 am, “Christ will be preached at the Juilliard School ...

Recommended Classical Music Performances in Chicago

The World Series has ended and the 2016 presidential election looms next week. If “musick has charms to soothe a savage breast”,” why not enjoy some live performances? Here are some recommended events happening in Chicago between Thursday, November 3 and Sunday, November 6, 2016. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Philip Glass at Old Town School of Folk Music If you’re lucky ...

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