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.
February 6 – February , 2023
February 10, 2023, 12:00 pm
Join us this week as we enjoy performances by Fifth House Ensemble, pianist Anthony Molinaro, Trio Gaia, Alex Klein and Rita Costanzi, and an encore broadcast of Live from WFMT.
September 5 – September 9, 2022
September 9, 2022
Join WFMT weekdays at noon to hear local artists and concerts on Music in Chicago. This week features recordings by Fifth House Ensemble, cellist Wendy Warner, and the Chicago Choral Artists. On Friday, we'll revisit the 2017 performance by the The Knights on Impromptu.
August 29 – September 2, 2022
September 2, 2022
Join WFMT this week for a variety of performances by local artists. We'll hear recordings by the Cavatina Duo and the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble, along with the debut album by saxophonist Julian Velasco. On Wednesday, we bring you a live recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concert, and Friday's Impromptu encore features the Lincoln Trio.
August 22 – August 26, 2022
August 26, 2022
This week's Music in Chicago lineup includes recordings by the Newberry Consort and duo pianists Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem. We'll also hear cellists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a recent Rush Hour Concert. The Terra String Quartet performs on Wednesday's Dame Myra Hess Concert, and Friday's Impromptu encore features music for saxophone and piano.
August 15 – August 19, 2022
August 19, 2022
The Chicago Chamber Choir starts off this week on Music in Chicago. We'll also feature recordings by flutist Demarre McGill and the Avalon String Quartet. Wednesday's Dame Myra Hess Concert is a live violin and piano recital, and our Impromptu encore is a 2017 performance by the Danish String Quartet.
August 8 – August 12, 2022
August 12, 2022
Opening this week's schedule for Music in Chicago is the Flute Sonata by Lita Grier, followed by a recording of Chicago harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. Pianist Matthieu Cognet performs on Wednesday's Dame Myra Hess Concert. We'll also hear French chamber music from the Rush Hour Series and an Impromptu encore with musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute.
August 1 – August 5, 2022
August 5, 2022
This week's lineup on Music in Chicago features performances by Camerata Chicago, Rachel Barton Pine, and Ars Antigua, music by James Stephenson, a live piano recital on Wednesday, and an Impromptu encore with pianist Till Fellner.
July 25 – July 29, 2022
July 29, 2022
The St. Charles Singers start off this week's Music in Chicago, followed by a recent performance from the Rush Hour Concerts and the live Dame Myra Hess Concert on Wednesday. We'll also hear pianist Anthony Molinaro in Bach and an Impromptu encore with pianist Elena Bashkirova and friends.
July 18 – July 22, 2022
July 22, 2022
Music in Chicago begins this week with a recent performance from the Rush Hour Concerts, followed by Bella Voce in Brahms's German Requiem, a live clarinet and piano recital on Wednesday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers in an Impromptu encore.
July 11 – July 15, 2022
July 15, 2022
There's lots of piano music in store this week on Music in Chicago. The talented young artist Elliot Wuu performs live on Wednesday's Hess concert. We'll hear Adam Neiman in a Mozart piano concerto on Thursday, and Friday's Impromptu encore features music for piano duet. Also join us for a recent concert from the Rush Hour series and recordings by the Millar Brass Ensemble.
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.