The top 12 classical recordings of 2017
Each day of the year, Lisa Flynn shares her favorite New Releases with music lovers around the world. Here are her 12 favorite classical recordings of 2017.
VIDEO | Hear a holiday medley performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet
The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet performed in the Levin Performance Studio at WFMT for an edition of Impromptu. Watch a video as they perform their own arrangement of some favorite holiday tunes.
Discover Christmas trees and Christmas traditions from around the world
Now in its 75th year, the Christmas Around the World exhibit at MSI has become one of Chicago’s favorite holiday traditions. The museum also features cultural performances throughout the duration of the exhibit, highlighting dance and musical performances from cultural groups around the Chicago area.
VIDEO | Music of the Baroque Brass Ensemble performs 17th century dances by Michael Praetorius
This year, the Music of the Baroque Brass ensemble visited WFMT's Levin studio to share some selections from MOB's 2017 holiday concert, including two 17th century dances by Michael Praetorius.
The best classical Christmas recordings of 2017
These nine recordings are sure to make your spirits bright this holiday season.
Discover what makes Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker sound like sugar, spice, and everything nice
Conductor Scott Speck, who leads the Chicago Philharmonic for performances of The Nutcracker with Joffrey Ballet, explained what makes Tchaikovsky’s score as addictive as your favorite holiday treats.
STREAM | Chanticleer shares holiday music from around the world, live in the WFMT studios
Hear what the holidays in 17th century Mexico and Canada might have sounded like with these special live performances by internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Chanticleer.
“What’s That Opera, Doc?” — 10 Operas You’ll Recognize from the Big Screen
Music from some of the most beloved operas in the repertoire has found its way into famous scenes in cinema. Here are 10 times operatic excerpts underscored important moments on the big screen.
This video of the von Trapps singing “Edelweiss” will be one of your favorite things this holiday season
If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after hearing the newest generation of von Trapps perform “Edelweiss” from "The Sound of Music."
How soprano Rosa Ponselle went from the small town of Meriden, CT to the Metropolitan Opera
A seemingly medieval castle overlooks the town of Meriden, Connecticut, where crystal waterfalls tumble down stony hillsides. Roads wind through panoramas of color that seem to stretch into endless natural splendor. This is where the great soprano Rosa Ponselle, whose voice has been described as one of the “most beautiful of the century,” was born.
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