Sounds Classical

Sounds Classical with LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn

Sounds Classical with LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn

Fresh perspectives on classical music sounds

In this innovative and immersive radio program, Sounds Classical hosts Kristina Lynn and LaRob K. Rafael present a range of musical works inclusive of well-known composers and new discoveries alike. The program will feature surprising and personal takes, lean-in interviews and exciting new works composed and performed, in many cases, by local artists. Along the way, the hosts will share lively and insightful commentary, providing context for the listener that makes this beautiful and dynamic art form fresh and accessible.

Beginning March 1, 2024, Sounds Classical will move to Saturdays at 7pm.

At the Movies with Michael Phillips

March 9, 2024, 7:00 pm

On this week’s episode of Sounds Classical, Kristina and LaRob are joined by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips for a trip to the movies! They discuss what makes a great film score, some of the most iconic and important film score composers! Grab your popcorn and enjoy this movie music montage episode!

Sounds Classical Volume II Playlist

March 16, 2024, 7:00 pm

Join Hosts LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn as they share the second volume of their “Sounds Classical” Playlist. They explore music where R&B, Jazz, Culture, and Classical collide with selections from Janelle Monae, Will Gregory, the Kruger Brothers, and more!

La Caccina

March 23, 2024, 7:00 pm

On this episode of Sounds Classical, our hosts are joined by Chicago-based, treble vocal ensemble La Caccina to discuss their thoughts about the importance of treble music and their mission to diversify choral repertoire to be more inclusive of stories of women! They perform several works from recently released album – BECOMING.

Catalyst Quartet: Redefining Classical

March 30, 2024, 7:00 pm

Hosts Kristina Lynn and LaRob K. Rafael are joined by members of the Catalyst Quartet, Karla Donehew Perez and Paul Laraia, to discuss their initiative to redefine and reimagine classical music in the 21st century through their programming.

Meet the Hosts

LaRob K. Rafael
LaRob K. Rafael joined the WFMT announcing staff in 2020 as a fill-in host and became WFMT’s full-time weekend morning host and producer in Fall of 2021. A Bass-Baritone from the DMV area (Maryland), LaRob has been involved with music since childhood and is a graduate of DePaul University, where he studied Vocal Performance. He has since gone on to work with arts organizations including Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Caccina (a professional women’s ensemble), Black Opera Alliance, Black Administrators of Opera, and Sphinx Organization to name a few. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Hearing in Color and combines his experience and research to change the predominantly white, European, male classical canon.
Kristina Lynn
Kristina Lynn is a producer and host at WFMT, presenting both Sounds Classical with LaRob K. Rafael, and Evening Music on Friday nights. She has hosted live performances and artist interviews with the Rush Hour Concerts and has done voiceover work for the WFMT Radio Network. With an easygoing approach, Kristina aims to welcome all types of listeners to classical music and explore the art form from a 21st-century perspective. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Trumpet Performance from DePaul University. Before announcing at WFMT, she has previously worked in radio production at both WFMT and at WQXR in New York.
Saturdays at 7:00 pm

Sounds Classical is made possible, in part by, the Walder Foundation, by Lori Julian for the Julian Family Foundation, Sylvia Furner, and by the generous support of WFMT members.

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