Rufus Wainwright’s 3 Favorite Opera Composers

Opera has always been important to composer Rufus Wainwright, though many know him as the man behind the piano crooning confessional songs. If you listen closely, you can hear hints of French mélodie and even references to Verdi in his chart-topping hits. Wainwright began composing his first opera, Prima Donna, because the Metropolitan Opera was interested in commissioning the work from ...

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

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.

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 ...

WFMT’s Favorite Beach Reads

If you need recommendations for what to read when you're relaxing on the beach, look no further; our staff shares their favorite books about music.

Composers Having Hot Fun in the Summertime

With so many summer activities to choose from, WFMT is looking to its favorite composers for inspiration. These pictures prove that everyone from Aaron Copland to Arnold Schoenberg knew a thing or two about summer fun! So, how are you going to spend your summer?

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