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.
15 Queer Composers You Should Know
Can you imagine a world without the music of Handel, Tchaikovsky, or Britten? These great composers of the past are just a few of many important musical figures who did not identify as heterosexual. Check out this list of 15 composers, some of whom are still living, and let us know who your favorite queer composers are in the comments ...
How One Chord Changed the World: “Tristan” at 150
If you’re a music lover, you may have heard of the so-called “Tristan chord” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Audiences were stunned to hear this infamous harmony when the opera premiered on June 10, 1865 in Munich, Germany. As Tristan turns 150, let’s take a look at what makes the Tristan chord so unique. The “Vorspiel,” or Prelude, to Tristan begins with with a “dissonant” chord. The terms “consonance” ...
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