Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to ...

How Choreographer Martha Graham Named Aaron Copland’s American Classic, “Appalachian Spring”

When you think of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, do you think of iconic American landscapes? Would it surprise you to know that one of America’s most iconic musical works got its name after it was composed? Appalachian Spring, though perhaps known best as an orchestral suite, was composed as a ballet for Martha Graham Dance Company  starring the company’s founder ...

7 Classical Works to Enjoy During Tonight’s Supermoon

Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest in 68 years since it will be at its closest point in relation to Earth’s orbit – 221,524 miles away. Why is it closer to Earth now? NASA’s website explains: “The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as ...

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 Chicago Tribune film 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 ...

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