Register Now to Visit the WFMT Archives October 6-8, 2016 During Chicago Open Archives

The Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) is hosting its second annual Chicago Open Archives event this weekend. From October 6-8, 2016, over thirty local archives, research centers, and other institutions will open their doors to let the public explore their holdings, and to engage with local archivists, researchers, librarians, and curators. WFMT is proud to be included among the many institutions ...

New Yorker Illustrator Tom Bachtell Talks Trump, Clinton, and Obama

Even if you don’t know the name Tom Bachtell, you definitely know his work. For over 20 years, the Chicago-based illustrator has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, which includes his drawings and caricatures in “The Talk of the Town” each week. You may also have seen Bachtell’s art in other publications including The New York Times, The ...

Finally…Here’s the Classical Cover of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” That We’ve All Been Waiting For

The song and accompanying video was uploaded to YouTube on August 25, 2016 by Japanese comedian Kazuhiko Kosaka. He performs the song as his character DJ Piko-Taro. Currently, the video has been viewed over 18 million times on YouTube and over 65 million times on Facebook. In the video, Kosaka sings, “I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple-pen! ...

The Queen of Classical Music Plays n’ Slays on Violin, Viola & Cello

“I grew up as the orchestra kid,” said Thorgy Thor, who many know from her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8. Born Shane Thor Galligan, this queen of classical music is a triple threat who plays violin, viola, and cello. She has performed at some of today’s most prestigious venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Philip Glass: “What’s Most Misunderstood About My Music”

Philip Glass is simultaneously one of the best known and most misunderstood composers of our time. Though he has many fans, he also has many critics. When Donal Henahan was the New York Times’s senior critic, he described Glass’s opera Akhnaten as “one more example of going-nowhere music” that provides mere “backgrounds of continually repeated, barely varied sound patterns. They ...

How Stephen King’s “The Shining” Became an Opera

Baritone Brian Mulligan as Jack Torrance in “The Shining” by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell Baritone Brian Mulligan as Jack Torrance in “The Shining” by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell “Opera is an irrational art form,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec reflected as he prepares for the world premiere of his latest work, The Shining, at Minnesota Opera. “The first ...

Video | Justice Ginsburg on the death penalty and opera

What does opera have to do with the death penalty? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, came to WFMT, Chicago’s fine arts and classical radio station, to explain.

Video | 5 Operas the Notorious RBG wants you to know

See which opera's Justice Ginsberg chose as her her five favorites during her visit to WFMT.

From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on his Operatic Debut

Composer Jimmy López never could have imagined that uploading some of his music on YouTube would land him his first opera commission, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, no less. “I’ve been working towards this my whole career,” he said excitedly as he observed summer technical rehearsals for Bel Canto, his newly composed opera, at the Civic Opera House. Superstar soprano ...

Countertenor David Daniels on finding his voice, finding himself, and being married by Justice Ginsburg

David Daniels is “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever,” to use the words of the New York Times. Though many know him best for portraying some of opera’s greatest heroes from Julius Caesar to Orpheus, he is also passionate about civil rights. Daniels spoke with WFMT from Edingburgh, where he is gearing up for a ...

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