Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts celebrates 40 years of presenting free concerts in downtown Chicago

A full house enjoys the 40th anniversary concert of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center (October 18, 2017). The Arianna and Vermeer Quartets perform Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. Dame Myra Hess Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Pianist Dame Myra Hess once said she felt ...

Anish Kapoor, the artist who created ‘The Bean,’ just took his very first selfie with it

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Meet Stilian Kirov, the new music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), based in south suburban Park Forest, is celebrating its 40th season, and the orchestra welcomes a new face to the podium: conductor Stilian Kirov.

Musicians share why Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the gig that gives them “all any of us really want”

As the WFMT Radio Network’s series from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival heads into production for another season of radio shows, host Kerry Frumkin, and producer Louise Frank, asked participants what makes this location so enchanting.

Singers answer: “Is Verdi’s last opera, ‘Falstaff,’ also his best?”

Sometimes, composers save their best work for last. Is Verdi’s last opera, "Falstaff," his best?

How conductor Harry Bicket gets a modern orchestra to sound period perfect

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From Russia with Love | A Postcard from WFMT Host Lisa Flynn

Russia has been a place I’ve longed to visit for many years. I finally got my chance in September, joining a genial group of WFMT listeners and fellow music lovers for a fantastic adventure. Here are photos from our Russian adventure.

VIDEO | Was J.S. Bach truly religious? His Bible may have clues

Though J.S. Bach wrote many sacred works, some historians have questioned his faith. Notes Bach made in his own personal copy of the Bible may reveal whether or not the composer was truly religious.

VIDEO | 13-year-old cellist Noah Chen performs Concert Polonaise by David Popper

13-year-old cellist Noah Chen of Chicago recently performed on WFMT's Introductions. Watch him perform David Popper's Concert Polonaise, a brilliant showpiece for cello, with pianist Kay Kim.

VIDEO | Be the first to watch “Ariane et Bachus” by Marin Marias in 321 years

"Ariane et Bachus" was first performed by the Académie Royale de Musique in 1696, and Haymarket Opera Company's production marks the first revival of work in 321 years.

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