Celebrate Chicago’s vibrant classical music scene.
Music in Chicago gives you a front-row seat to some of the best classical music concerts presented throughout the Chicago area. Every day in the noon hour, Lisa Flynn features recent performances from the city’s soloists, orchestras, choirs, bands and chamber ensembles. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, St. Charles Singers, Rachel Barton Pine, Dover Quartet, Civic Orchestra, Midwest Mozart Festival, and Chicago Latino Music Festival are among the many artists and organizations that have been heard on this weekly program.
WFMT is always looking for new groups and musicians to feature on Music in Chicago. If you or your ensemble would like to be considered for our program, audition online to let us know more about you and to send us a recording.
July 4 – July 8, 2022
July 8, 2022
Coming up this week on Music in Chicago, we'll hear performances from Northwestern University - the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the winners of the Dover Quartet Competition. Julian Rhee, the winner of the 2020 Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition, performs on the Dame Myra Hess Concert. Jorge Federico Osorio plays Spanish piano music, and our Impromptu encore features famed Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia.
June 27 – July 1, 2022
July 1, 2022
The music of Doug Lofstrom starts this week's lineup on Music in Chicago. Camerata Chicago performs Grieg's Holberg Suite. We'll also hear the AYA Trio live on Wednesday, a recent performance from the Rush Hour Concerts by the Chen String Quartet and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, and an Impromptu encore with the Singing Sergeants.
June 20 – June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022
Join us this week on Music in Chicago for a new recording of works by Chicago composers with the Lincoln Trio. We'll also hear 11-year-old cellist Ella Wimbiscus, guitarist Joseph Ehrenpreis, vocal soloists from the Grant Park Music Festival's Project Inclusion, and piano trios performed by Wu Han, David Finckel, and Philip Setzer.
June 13 – June 17, 2022
June 17, 2022
This week, Music in Chicago heralds the start of the Grant Park Music Festival. We'll also feature the piano duo of Georgia and Louise Mangos, the Aznavoorian Duo in a live broadcast from the Hess Concert, the Kontras Quartet from the Rush Hour Series, and the California Guitar Trio in an Impromptu encore.
June 6 – June 10, 2022
June 10, 2022
Join WFMT's Music in Chicago this week as we feature the Blue Violet Duo, flutist Jessica Warren with the Avalon String Quartet, Chicago Chorale, a live recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, and Midsummer's Music from Door County, Wisconsin.
May 30 – June 3, 2022
June 3, 2022
Chicago a cappella, pianist James Giles, and violinist Sidney Lee will be heard this week on Music in Chicago. On Wednesday, we take you live to the Dame Myra Hess Concert for a violin and piano recital, and Friday's Impromptu encore features pianist Benjamin Hochman.
May 23 – May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022
This week on Music on Chicago, enjoy a performance of Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with violinist Rika Seko, recordings by pianist Tom Hicks and organist Gail Archer, a live recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, and an Impromptu encore with violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe.
May 16 – May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022
The Dover Quartet starts off this week's lineup on Music in Chicago. We'll also feature recordings by violinist Gina DiBello and the Axiom Brass, along with our Wednesday broadcast from the Dame Myra Hess Concert and an Impromptu encore with the Hugo Wolf Quartet.
May 9 – May 13, 2022
May 13, 2022
On WFMT's weekday showcase of local musicians, join us for recordings by the Lincoln Trio, violinist Martin Davids, and the Constellation Men's Ensemble. The Balourdet Quartet performs on the live Hess Concert on Wednesday, and our Impromptu encore features tenor Lawrence Brownlee.
May 2 – May 6, 2022
May 6, 2022
Recordings by the Oriana Singers, David Schrader, and Civitas Ensemble will be featured on Music in Chicago this week. We'll also bring you a live viola and piano recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concerts and an encore broadcast of Impromptu with guitarist Stephane Wrembel.
April 25 – April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
Coming up this week, Music in Chicago will highlight the Cavatina Duo, Chicago Children's Choir, and International Chamber Artists. Pianist Tom Hicks performs on the Dame Myra Hess Concert, and our Impromptu encore features music of Brahms with cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt.
April 18 – April 22, 2022
April 22, 2022
Music in Chicago returns this week, starting with a new album by the Aznavoorian Duo. We'll also feature the winner of the CSO Young Artist Competition, the Newberry Consort in music from 17th-century Mexico, a live broadcast from the Hess Concert Series, and the Anderson and Roe piano duo in a performance from 2018.
March 28 – March 30, 2022
April 1, 2022
Duo pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem play music of Liszt to lead off this shortened week of Music in Chicago features. We'll hear the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble in a recent work by James Curnow. On Wednesday, we go to the Dame Myra Hess Series for a live recital by violinist Maya Buchanan and pianist Milana Pavchinskaya.
March 21 – March 25, 2022
March 25, 2022
This week's lineup on Music in Chicago includes recordings by clarinetist Anthony McGill, the Chicago Arts Chorale and Orchestra, and Northwestern University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Pianist Daniel Lebhardt performs in the live Dame Myra Hess Concert, and the Danish String Quartet is featured on Friday's Impromptu encore.
March 14 – March 18, 2022
March 18, 2022
On Music in Chicago this week, you'll hear the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Music of the Baroque, flutist Brandon Patrick George and pianist Jacob Greenberg in a live recital, music by Chicago composer Robert M. Hutmacher, and an Impromptu encore with pianist Mūza Rubackytė.
March 7 – March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022
This week on Music in Chicago, we'll feature Gaudete Brass, cellist Wendy Warner, Duo Sequenza, a live cello and piano recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, and an Impromptu encore with violinist Tai Murray and harpist Ann Hobson Pilot.
February 28 – March 4, 2022
March 4, 2022
This week on Music in Chicago, hear performances by local artists and ensembles, including Camerata Chicago, composer Gregory Hutter, and the Chicago Harp Quartet. On Wednesday, there's a live violin recital from the Dame Myra Hess Series, and Friday's Impromptu encore features Argentinean guitarist Juan Falú.
February 21 – February 25, 2022
February 25, 2022
This week on Music in Chicago, WFMT highlights the artistry of guitarist Denis Azabagic, composer Doug Lofstrom, and Chicago a cappella. Mezzo soprano Katherine Beck and pianist Chris Reynolds perform live in the Dame Myra Hess series, and our Impromptu encore features pianist Marc-André Hamelin.
February 14 – February 18, 2022
February 18, 2022
This week's Music in Chicago schedule includes a work by composer Stacy Garrop, performances by Jonathan Boen, Ars Antigua, and Barcelona Duo de Guitarra, and a live cello and piano recital from the Dame Myra Hess Series.
February 7 – February 11, 2022
February 11, 2022
Join WFMT this week for a wide variety of performances on Music in Chicago. You'll hear recordings by the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Fifth House Ensemble, and the vocal trio Artemisia. Pianist Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang plays on Wednesday's live Hess concert, and we revisit a beautiful Valentine's Day Impromptu with tenor Joseph Calleja.
January 31 – February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022
Join us for recordings by violinist Robert Chen, harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, and the Black Oak Ensemble this week on Music in Chicago. There will also be a live recital broadcast from the Dame Myra Hess Concerts and an encore presentation of the Imani Winds' performance on WFMT's Impromptu series.