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.
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.
January 24 – January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022
WFMT showcases our area's classical music scene every weekday at noon. This week on Music in Chicago, hear violist Helen Callus, Chicago Chorale, Midsummer's Music, a live recital from the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and pianist Reginald R. Robinson in a 2017 performance on Impromptu.
January 17 – January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022
On this week's Music in Chicago features, we'll highlight the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, and William Ferris Chorale. Also join us for a live broadcast by the Avalon String Quartet in the Dame Myra Hess Series and an Impromptu encore with Anthony Molinaro and Howard Levy.
January 10 – January 14, 2022
January 14, 2022
Local artists and performances are showcased each weekday at noon on Music in Chicago. This week, we bring you recordings by Mary Stolper, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, and Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe. We'll also go downtown for a live Hess Concert broadcast and hear the ensemble Sybarite5 in their WFMT debut from 2013.
January 3 – January 7, 2022
January 7, 2022
This week's lineup on Music in Chicago includes stellar recordings by these local artists: pianist Daniel Schlosberg, flutist Jennie Oh Brown, and violist Matthew Lipman. The first live Dame Myra Hess Concert of 2022 features pianist Simon Karakulidi, and Friday's Impromptu Encore is a performance from 2012 by Fulcrum Point New Music Project.
December 27 – December 31, 2021
December 31, 2021
This week on Music in Chicago, WFMT will sample recordings by renowned local artists and groups, including the Orion Ensemble, violinist Janet Sung, KAIA String Quartet, and Trio Settecento. We'll also hear guitarist Paul Galbraith in an Impromptu broadcast from 2017.
December 20 – December 24, 2021
December 24, 2021
Join Music in Chicago all this week for a wide variety of holiday music performed by local ensembles. You'll hear festive performances by the Newberry Consort, Millar Brass Ensemble, St. Charles Singers, Chicago a cappella, and Music of the Baroque.
December 13 – December 17, 2021
December 17, 2021
Join WFMT as we celebrate our 70th anniversary on December 13 with a day of live performances. Later in the week on Music in Chicago, we'll hear the Chicago Choral Artists in holiday music, a live piano performance from the Dame Myra Hess Series, Camerata Chicago playing Mozart, and an Impromptu encore broadcast.
December 6 – December 10, 2021
December 10, 2021
WFMT celebrates classical artists in our region with Music in Chicago. Join us this week for recordings by the Civitas Ensemble, Northside Brass, and Chicago Master Singers. We'll also hear The Knights from a 2017 performance on Impromptu and go live to the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on Wednesday.
November 29 – December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021
Music in Chicago is WFMT's daily showcase of our region's amazing diversity of classical music. This week, we'll feature pianist Matthew Hagle, Bella Voce, Gaudete Brass, a live recital from the Dame Myra Hess Series, and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer in an Impromptu encore.
November 22 – November 26, 2021
November 26, 2021
Weekdays at noon, WFMT showcases performances by local artists on Music in Chicago. Coming up this week, we'll feature the Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Harp Quartet, St. Charles Singers, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. We'll also hear a live broadcast from the Dame Myra Hess Series and an Impromptu encore.