Mondays at 8:00 pm
Ravinia is back, and so is WFMT's series of broadcasts from Highland Park.
From the hallowed grounds of one of the great summer music festivals in the US, WFMT brings you some of the summer's highlight performances from Ravinia Festival's beloved, intimate Martin Theatre and iconic, legendary Pavilion.
Lara Downes with Nicole Cabell
September 25, 2023, 8:00 pm
Works by Florence Price and other women composers, including unpublished songs by Margaret Bonds.
Black Oak Ensemble: Silenced Voices
October 2, 2023, 8:00 pm
A string trio boasting three of Chicago’s most enterprising and dynamic chamber musicians casts light on composers affected by the Holocaust.
Danish String Quartet
September 18, 2023
The dynamic ensemble performs works by Haydn, Bach, and Shostakovich as well as their crowd-pleasing arrangements of folk music.
A Tribute to Miriam Fried
September 11, 2023
Ravinia Steans Music Institute alumni Ariel Quartet, violinist Ayano Ninomiya, cellist Karen Ouzounian, and pianist Henry Kramer pay tribute to the retiring director of the RSMI program for piano & strings.
Apollo’s Fire: The Road to Dublin
September 4, 2023
In this new program, haunting ballads and legends give way to driving reels.
Ultimate Brahms and Haydn
August 28, 2023
The faculty of Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute — including violinist and program director Miriam Fried, pianist Alessio Bax, and violist Kim Kashkashian — perform works by Haydn, Brahms, and Busoni.
The Three Faces of Beethoven
August 21, 2023
The Calidore String Quartet explores different phases of Beethoven’s string quartet output.
Jorge Federico Osorio
August 14, 2023
Chicago-based pianist Jorge Federico Osorio explores Brahms variations and late Beethoven sonatas
Tenor Karim Sulayman & Guitarist Sean Shibe
August 7, 2023
The duo performs their program “Broken Branches” with music ranging from Dowland, Monteverdi, Britten, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Harvey, and Chakerto traditional songs from the Middle East, scrutinizing the close cultural and musical ties between East and West. Recorded on June 21 in Bennett Gordon Hall.
Arnaud Sussmann & Michael Stephen Brown
July 31, 2023
Two alumni of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute — Arnaud Sussmann, violin, and Michael Stephen Brown, piano — join forces for a wide-ranging program of music from the 18th century to today.
Gateways Brass Collective
July 24, 2023
The Gateways Brass Collective, an all–African American quintet, was founded in 2018 to inspire artists from all backgrounds.
RSMI Piano/Strings On Tour
July 17, 2023
Artists from the Ravinia Steans Music Institute — Ravinia’s training ensemble — join the program’s director, violinist Miriam Fried, to play a medley of quartets.
Geoffrey Duce: Fantasies and Rhapsodies Through the Ages
July 10, 2023
Season Premiere: Illinois State University piano professor Geoffrey Duce explores the musical genealogy of works by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach, Car Phillip Emanuel Bach, John McCabe, Franz Schubert, and Ernst von Dohnányi.
The Four Seasons with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Vadim Gluzman
July 3, 2023, 8:00 pm
Renowned Chicago-area violinist Vadim Gluzman joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to perform Vivaldi’s landmark Four Seasons in this performance from August 2022.
Anthony de Mare: Reimagining Sondheim from the Piano
October 3, 2022
Season Finale: Anthony de Mare brings Stephen Sondheim’s legendary songbook to solo piano.
Lincoln Trio: Chicago and Chopin
September 26, 2022
The “inventive and robustly expressive” Lincoln Trio brings works by Chicago composers Stacy Garrop and Shulamit Ran as well as Poland’s most famous, Frédéric Chopin.
Inna Faliks: Reimagine Beethoven and Ravel, Nine Premieres
September 19, 2022
Inna Faliks breaks ground with the first full performance of nine social responses she commissioned on Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit and Beethoven’s Op. 126 Bagatelles plus the original masterpieces.
Music for the Royal Fireworks with Music of the Baroque
September 12, 2022
Dame Jane Glover leads Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks plus soaring works by Bach, Haydn, and Mozart in a performance featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
NEXUS Chamber Music: Dancing with the Shadow
September 5, 2022
NEXUS Chamber Music, an enterprising, upstart Chicago music organization, presents a wide-ranging chamber program featuring music by Felipe Tovar-Henao, Eleanor Alberga, Béla Bartók, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Pianist Bryan Wallick: Virtuosic Fugue
August 29, 2022
Across centuries, fugues have been fascinating flourishes for composers—Bryan Wallick walks their evolution from Bach to Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and today, before concluding with Beethoven’s fiendish and famed “Hammerklavier.”
August 22, 2022
Enjoy an encore broadcast of Apollo’s Fire in concert, featuring tenor Brian Giebler and Chicago-born soprano Erica Schuller in a program of Venetian treats, including fiery concertos by Vivaldi and gorgeous songs by Monteverdi.
August 15, 2022
The 20-year-old piano phenom made his Ravinia debut earlier this summer with an all-Russian program including Rachmaninoff’s eight Études-Tableaux, works by Prokofiev and Medtner, as well as a number of encores for the dazzled audience.