Stephen Colbert Orchestrates Live String Quartet Accompaniment to Final Presidential Debate

We all know that musical soundtracks can strongly influence how we perceive films, TV shows, and live performances. But what if the presidential debates had a soundtrack? Popular TV host Stephen Colbert has decided to orchestrate his own soundtrack to the final presidential debate between with the help of PUBLIQuartet. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast the quartet ...

Hear 6 New Works Inspired by Bach’s 6 Cello Suites

The works, commissioned by cellist Matt Haimovitz, include pieces by Philip Glass and Du Yun and offer reflection on the individual Bach suites.

Playlist | 10 of WFMT Music Director Andi Lamoreaux’s Favorite Musical Works

As WFMT’s Music Director, Andi Lamoreaux get to share some of her favorite music with audiences around the world. Here are some of her favorite pieces and performers, along with suggested recordings.

Author Alan Wieder on His Book “Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture but Mostly Conversation”

Studs Terkel (Photos: Nancy Crampton) Studs Terkel (Photos: Nancy Crampton) Writer and oral historian Alan Wieder recently visited the WFMT studios to discuss his new book about long-time WFMT host, free-spirit and renowned oral historian Studs Terkel. Wieder’s book is the first attempt to synthesize many facets of Studs’ life and contains many new insights about his life and times, ...

Hearing Rachmaninoff Play Chopin Will Make You Fall in Love With Your Favorite Pieces All Over Again

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works remain among the most popular in classical repertoire today. But he was more than just a great composer, he was also a fine conductor and magnificent pianist. He loved to play works by Liszt, Schubert, and Bach. Another favorite composer of Rachmaninoff’s? Frédéric Chopin. In fact, there are more extant recordings of Rachmaninoff playing the works of Chopin ...

Riccardo Muti “Lifts Every Voice” at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side

As soon as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played the first four notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, an audience of over 3,000 at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side broke into applause. Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director, stopped the orchestra, laughing, and said “This is a difficult beginning, so you are forcing me to ...

An Inside Look at the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends, presented by The Recording Academy and broadcast on Great Performances.

The Politics of Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet”

When you think of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, you likely think of the two titular lovers and their tragic romance. But Sergei Prokofiev put politics at the center of his Shakespeare-inspired ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and got wrapped up in Soviet-era politics himself in composing it. In 1935, Prokofiev accepted a commission to create a new ballet for the Bolshoi ...

WFMT Host Kerry Frumkin’s Postcard From Europe

For the last two weeks of September my wife Deb and I were treated to a cruise on the Rhine River thanks to YMT Vacations, one of WFMT’s loyal sponsors. Along with us were almost two-dozen WFMT listeners. The tour involved land transportation and sightseeing from Munich to Bonn, where we then boarded the A Rosa Viva for eight relaxing ...

QUIZ: Which Operatic Diva on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Are You?

Opera wouldn't be opera without divas. And divas wouldn't be divas if some weren't on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But which one are you?

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