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 ...

15 Books About Music For the Young & Young at Heart

Every library could use more books! Here are our top books about music for the young and the young at heart.

Conductor Mariss Jansons on Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony, Music, and Politics

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, titled “Leningrad,” was written during one of the most horrific sieges in history. From 1941 to 1944, Hitler’s army surrounded Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and over one million civilians died. Conductor Mariss Jansons, renowned for his interpretations of Shostakovich symphonies, has a particularly interesting connection to Leningrad. Jansons was born in Soviet-controlled Latvia. Later, he would ...

10 Contemporary Composers You Should Know (…Who Also Happen to Be Women)

During March, Women’s History Month, we draw special attention to the music of women composers past and present on WFMT. Here are 10 living composers who are changing music today, along with 10 albums featuring their music you might want to add to your library.

QUIZ | Match The Film To The Score

How well do you know movie music? Listen to the excerpts from the following famous film scores, and see if you can match the music to the correct movie.

Itzhak Perlman’s 5 Most Memorable Moments at 70 Years Old

Itzhak Perlman (Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco) Violinist Itzhak Perlman is one of the most famous names in classical music. The Israeli-American, now 70 years old, has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time in his long and illustrious career. He has won over a dozen Grammy awards (including a 2008 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), several Emmy awards, ...

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.

29 Composers and their Canine Companions

Have you ever heard the saying, "Behind every great composer is a cuddly canine?" No? Well these photos prove that every composer from Bernstein to Busoni had a four-legged friend as a constant companion. Enjoy these photos and tell us what music you and your dog(s) love to listen to together.

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