Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Lute but Were Afraid to ask – with Paul O’Dette

Paul O’Dette is one of the most sought-after lute players in the world. In addition to being an active soloist, O’Dette is the co-artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, teaches at the Eastman School of Music, and records extensively, with credits on over 120 albums. His recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfer won the 2015 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. ...

How Handel’s Messiah Got a Gospel Makeover

Handel’s Messiah has been a perennial favorite since the oratorio premiered in Dublin in 1742. Like any beloved classic, the work has also been a favorite for composers to adapt. Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah offers a contemporary, American interpretation of Handel’s original.

Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos

We asked you to vote on your favorite piano concertos, which we have been counting down for two weeks along with works that might be new to you. Here are your top 10 favorite piano concertos revealed!

How a modern orchestra plays a period-perfect Messiah

Handel’s oratorio Messiah is everywhere this time of year. Here in Chicago in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we’ll have large-scale performances of Messiah, period instrument chamber performances of Messiah, Do-It-Yourself Messiahs, sing-along Messiahs, not to mention the jazz/gospel versions of Messiah.

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

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. Here, he reflects on five of the most memorable moments in his career.

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.

How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest

Pianist, composer, and improviser Gabriela Montero is speaking out against corruption in Venezuela, her home country, using the most powerful way she knows how: music. During Hugo Chávez’s term serving as “Eternal President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela” from 1999-2013, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have been murdered by the government. In 2008, the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index ...

Quiz | How Well Do You Know the Well-Tempered Clavier?

Does Bach rock your socks? Do you think you know the music of the contrapuntal master, J.S. Bach, himself? See how well you know Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier," one of the foundational works of classical music and of keyboard literature.

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