Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ Rediscovered
January 25, 2022, 8:00 pm
Grammy winners Apollo’s Fire and Jeannette Sorrell team up with Spanish violin virtuoso Francisco Fullana and his 1735 Guarneri violin for this joyous romp through the baroque countryside. Through many tour performances in the past decade, Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire are known for bringing Vivaldi’s masterpiece to life as the revolutionary acts of musical storytelling the composer intended. From a ...
Apollo’s Fire: Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain
December 13, 2020, 7:00 pm
Critically acclaimed early music ensemble Apollo’s Fire shares a festive, Irish-Appalachian celebration.
A Hanukkah Celebration with Chicago a cappella
December 12, 2020, 6:00 pm
Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.
Max Richter’s ‘Voices’
December 10, 2020, 8:00 pm
In a worldwide broadcast in honor of the UN Human Rights Day, this performance features narration in several languages of excerpts from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A Tribute to John Williams
October 31, 2020, 5:00 pm
Enjoy this performance of favorite film scores by multiple Oscar-winning composer John Williams presented by the New Philharmonic Orchestra of the College of DuPage. WFMT’s broadcast will include commentary from music director Kirk Muspratt.
The Chen String Quartet Live
October 11, 2020, 3:00 pm
In a live broadcast from Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, host Robbie Ellis welcomes CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen, violinist Laura Chen, and their children, violist Beatrice Chen and cellist Noah Chen. The concert includes Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10; Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; and Smetana’s String Quartet No. ...
Welz Kauffman: 20 Summers at Ravinia
October 5, 2020, 8:00 pm
As his tenure as President and CEO of the Ravinia Festival comes to a close, Welz Kauffman sits down for an interview with WFMT’s general manager, George Preston. Kauffman recalls his most memorable Festival moments over 20 summers, and WFMT shares corresponding music.
Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman
September 25, 2020, 8:00 pm
Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman shares meaningful recordings in honor of the Jewish High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Sound the Shofar: An Ancient Instrument in Modern Times
September 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
Discover the sounds of the shofar, in this program that explores an instrument made from a ram’s horn, that is heard around the world during the Jewish High Holidays. It has also been heard outside those confines for ages, as a call to battle, or a way for shepherds to summon their flocks, and as inspiration for many classical composers. ...
Voices from the Silence
September 11, 2020, 8:00 pm
Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Voices from the Silence by Ennio Morricone. The late Italian film and classical composer created this oratorio to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world. This performance was recorded in 2014.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Opera and the Law
July 19, 2020, 7:00 pm
Recorded in Levin Studio in 2015, Lisa Flynn hosts a presentation by the Supreme Court Justice about the law, illustrated with music performed by artists from the Ryan Opera Center. READ MORE: 5 Operas the Notorious RBG wants you to know [Video]
Muti conducts Ravenna Festival Opening Concert 2020
July 18, 2020, 2:20 pm
In a triumphant return to live music, Maestro Riccardo Muti took to the stage last month to launch the Ravenna Festival in Northern Italy. Muti conducted the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and soprano Rosa Feola in a program of music by Scriabin and Mozart. READ MORE: From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene
Lynn Harrell: Songs My Father Taught Me
June 21, 2020, 6:00 pm
The distinguished cellist looks back on his own career and on that of his father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell. A WFMT Radio Network special produced by Louise Frank.
Music for Memorial Day
May 25, 2020, 2:00 am
All day today, WFMT shares music in observance of Memorial Day. In the 1:00 pm hour, hear Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom, performed by the New York Choral Society and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. At 8:00 pm, join us for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach’s Solo Cello Suites Live
May 24, 2020, 2:00 pm
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach’s six cello suites live as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.
Alison Balsom and Music of the Baroque
May 17, 2020, 3:00 pm
Star trumpeter Alison Balsom joins the venerable Music of the Baroque in concert.
Civic Orchestra of Chicago: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
May 13, 2020, 8:00 pm
Under the baton of former Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — the nation’s leading training orchestra — performs Rachmaninoff’s timeless Symphony No. 2.
Norman Corwin: ‘On a Note of Triumph’
May 8, 2020, 11:00 pm
To mark the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, WFMT brings you Norman Corwin’s poetic masterpiece On a Note of Triumph, described by Carl Sandburg as “one of the all-time great American poems.” This acclaimed drama program aired live to an audience of 60 million Americans on the night of May 8, 1945, to mark the end of World War II ...
Civic Orchestra Centennial with Yo-Yo Ma & Ken-David Masur (Rebroadcast)
May 4, 2020, 8:00 pm
WFMT brings you a rebroadcast of a live concert from Symphony Center as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago marks its 100th anniversary season with a Centennial Celebration Benefit Concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur. Hosted by WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin, the broadcast will feature music by Berlioz, Ravel, and Dvořák. Tune in at 98.7 FM, wfmt.com, ...
Earth Day 2020: Stacy Garrop’s ‘Terra Nostra’
April 22, 2020, 8:00 pm
This past February, Stephen Alltop led the Northwestern University Symphony, the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, the Evanston Children’s Choir, and soloists in Terra Nostra – Our Earth – by the acclaimed Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop. This large-scale celebration of our planet, and the relationship between humankind and the natural world, uses poetry by Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Walt Whitman, and ...
A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
April 13, 2020, 10:00 pm
The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show ...