Specials

Specials

A Chicagoland Holiday Preview

November 29, 2022, 8:00 pm

Grab your calendar and tune in for WFMT’s recommendations for the best choral concerts, Messiah's, Nutcracker's, and other seasonal favorites!

Music of the Baroque

December 6, 2022, 8:00 pm

Music of the Baroque's October concert Baroque Heroes ranged from both chronological extremes of the Baroque era and one excursion into the Classical period.

Celebrating 50 Years of Canadian Brass

December 13, 2022, 8:00 pm

Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form the quintet Canadian Brass. Daellenbach, the group's tubist and last remaining original member, reminisces about the ensemble's storied, now 50-year career.

Chicago a cappella Hanukkah

December 18, 2022, 7:00 pm

Jonathan Miller shares music for the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Windsbacher Knabenchor Christmas

December 19, 2022, 8:00 pm

The Windsbach Boys’ Choir of Nuremberg in concert with the Classic Brass Ensemble, directed by Martin Lehmann.

A Baroque Noel with Pegasus Early Music

December 19, 2022, 9:00 pm

The period instrument ensemble and lutenist Paul O’Dette perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel, concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, and French carols.

The Sound of the 1742 Dublin Premiere of Messiah

December 19, 2022, 10:00 pm

Dunedin Consort's performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah.

A Mexican Christmas

December 20, 2022, 8:00 pm

Newberry Consort & EnsAmble Ad-Hoc's beloved annual concert.

Christmas from DePaul University

December 20, 2022, 9:00 pm

DePaul University’s 2021 Christmas concert featuring vocalists Alyssa Allgood and Steven Wallace alongside the university’s choruses and orchestras.

Music for the Winter Holidays

December 21, 2022, 9:00 pm

"The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays," hosted by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, features music from holiday favorites and other wintry classics.

Candles Burning Brightly

December 22, 2022, 8:00 pm

Songs and stories for Hanukkah, hosted by Mindy Ratner.

A Festival on Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge

December 24, 2022, 9:00 am

A tradition heard all over the world.

St Olaf 2022 Christmas Festival: Promise of Peace

December 24, 2022, 5:00 pm

Featuring 500 student musicians and five conductors, recorded in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis.

A Midnight Special Christmas

December 24, 2022, 9:00 pm

Marilyn Rae Beyer celebrates Christmas in a festive Midnight Special.

With Heart and Voice | A Christmas Celebration

December 25, 2022, 6:00 am

Sacred organ and choral music for the day.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio from Radio France

December 25, 2022, 9:00 am

Katharina Ruckgaber, soprano, Lucile Richardot, contralto; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Tobias Berndt, baritone; Radio France Chorus; Orchestre National de France; Václav Luks, conductor. Recorded 12/15/2022

BBC Singers 2022 Christmas Concert

December 25, 2022, 11:00 am

Owain Park conducts a program of music for the season predominantly composed by women, including Hildegard von Bingen, Kerensa Briggs, and Cecilia McDowall.

Music of the Baroque Holiday Choral and Brass

December 25, 2022, 3:00 pm

The 2021 Music of the Baroque Holiday Choral and Brass concert conducted by Andrew Megill.

Ballad of the Brown King and Other Music for Christmas by Black Composers

December 25, 2022, 7:00 pm

Dr. Louise Toppin hosts this special hourlong exploration of Christmas repertoire by Black composers, including Margaret Bonds's The Ballad of the Brown King.

WDR Radio Choir and Orchestra: Peace on Earth

December 26, 2022, 8:00 pm

A holiday pops concert from the WDR Radio Choir and Orchestra with tenor Paul Phoenix, conducted by Fawzi Haimor.

The Rose Ensemble in Concert: Slavic Wonders

December 26, 2022, 9:00 pm

Holiday gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague, and Moscow. Hosted by Jordan Sramek, founder of The Rose Ensemble, and Minnesota Public Radio’s Thomas Crann.

A Polish Christmas with Lira Ensemble

December 27, 2022, 8:00 pm

Hosted by Lucyna Migala, director of Chicago’s Lira Ensemble

A New Year’s Eve Folkstage Farewell to Rich Warren

December 31, 2022, 8:00 pm

Founder and host of Folkstage since 1999, Rich Warren gives his final sign-off from WFMT, concluding an iconic career in radio that spans seven decades. Hailing from Evanston, Rich Warren hosted The Midnight Special for 37 years, produced the WFMT Folk Music Festival, recorded more than 1,000 folk music concerts, and has been inducted by Folk Alliance International into the ...

New Year’s Day in Vienna

January 1, 2023, 10:00 am

Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the annual concert of lively and nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the family of Johann Strauss and their contemporaries.