Hear 6 Cutting-Edge, Contemporary Works, Straight From National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Late Night at National Sawdust is a program dedicated to highlighting contemporary classical music that may otherwise fall on deaf ears. Relevant Tones and National Sawdust partnered up to bring listeners a quarterly live broadcast of exciting new music from the world premiere of a piece co-composed over Facebook to a work inspired by ancient history. Performances from the original ...

NY Philharmonic president quits for University of Michigan

NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew VanBesien will resign as president of the New York Philharmonic on May 1, the third executive to depart this year with the orchestra in the midst of fundraising to renovate its Lincoln Center home. VanBesien said Tuesday he will become president of the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society in July. Lisa Mantone, hired in ...

10 U.S. Presidents Who Changed Music in America, According to White House Historical Society Director Emerita

In anticipation of Inauguration Day, Elise K. Kirk, emerita director of the White House Historical Society, highlighted ten U.S. presidents who changed music in America through the music they presented at the White House.

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s La forza del destino is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the company’s 2016-17 schedule to save about $1 million. The staging, a co-production with the English National ...

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Announce First Collaboration with 17/18 Season Opener

Tuesday, January 17, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that it will open its 2017-18 season with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, a new co-production with LA Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Staatsoper Hamburg. John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, directs, choreographs, and designs the production, which also marks Lyric’s first collaboration with Joffrey. A Milwaukee native, Neumeier recently collaborated ...

10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

Cold Doesn’t Bother Them Anyway: Artists Flock to Chicago to Audition for Disney’s “Frozen” Musical

Disney Theatrical Productions has come to Chicago to cast performers for its upcoming musical "Frozen" based upon the 2013 animated feature of the same name. Those auditioning spoke about themselves and what brought them to this particular audition.

Hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to Studs Terkel about his dream, the dangers of hate, and the power of love

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with WFMT host Studs Terkel following his historic “I Have a Dream Speech.” During their conversation, recorded at the Chicago home of Mahalia Jackson on October 22, 1964, Terkel asked King, “When did this dream first come to you?” Hear their full conversation below alongside transcriptions of selected quotations below. “To live as brothers” ...

Hamburg’s spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert

BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg’s spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall finally hosted its first concert on Wednesday night, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget. President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the guests at the maiden concert that was conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester is playing music from the renaissance to the ...

“High priestess” or “master of an art of singing”? Changing the conversation about Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson is undoubtedly one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Learn about how musicians and music historians are changing the conversation about the "Queen of Gospel."

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