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
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. Here, he reflects on five of the most memorable moments in his career.
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.
How Gabriela Montero Uses the Piano for Political Protest
Pianist, composer, and improviser Gabriela Montero is speaking out against corruption in Venezuela, her home country, using the most powerful way she knows how: music. During Hugo Chávez’s term serving as “Eternal President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela” from 1999-2013, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have been murdered by the government. In 2008, the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index ...
Quiz | How Well Do You Know the Well-Tempered Clavier?
Does Bach rock your socks? Do you think you know the music of the contrapuntal master, J.S. Bach, himself? See how well you know Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier," one of the foundational works of classical music and of keyboard literature.
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.
Are you secretly French? You might be if get more than 14/20 on this French music quiz
Think you know French music? From the salon to the symphony hall, from the opera to the ballet, the French have given us some great music. But, how much French music do YOU know? Allons-y!
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