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WFMT celebrates Carl Grapentine with Beethoven, Bernstein, and bubbles at Ravinia

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, hundreds of Carl Grapentine’s friends, family members, and colleagues gathered at the Ravinia Festival to celebrate his incredible career as the longtime host of WFMT’s Morning Program.

14 Fantastic French composers you might not know but probably should

Here are just a few of our many favorite French composers, from medieval to modern, that might be new to you.

Estefans: Immigration debate has fueled reaction to musical

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gloria and Emilio Estefan credit President Donald Trump with boosting audience enthusiasm for their stage musical On Your Feet! As the immigration debate has heated up, so have audiences’ reactions to scenes in new stage musical that spins around two immigrants, the Grammy winners said in a recent interview. On Your Feet! tells the story of ...

Spears, Smith to write ‘Castor and Patience’ for Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write Castor and Patience, a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that the work will premiere at the Corbett Theater in July 2020. Smith’s ...

Tchaikovsky memorial to be installed in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be honored with a memorial exhibit as part of the Legacy Walk, Chicago’s outdoor LGBTQ history museum. Located along 3245–3705 Halsted Street in the heart of Boystown, the museum features rainbow pylons with biographical plaques that honor the diverse contributions of LGBTQ people. From any smartphone, visitors can access videos, study guides, and other resources ...

Walmart yodel kid of viral video fame announces debut album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It was only a matter of time, just a couple of months actually, before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record. Mason Ramsey, the adorable 11-year-old whose version of a Hank Williams classic has been watched more than 50 million times on YouTube and spawned multiple remixes, ...

Montreal Jazz Fest cancels Robert Lepage’s “SLĀV” amid criticisms of white artists performing slave songs

After protests and denouncements of cultural insensitivity, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has canceled SLĀV, a stage production that featured a predominantly white cast dressed as black slaves singing slave songs.

Hear the album inspired by the inspiring life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the Supreme Court very much in the news these days, a Chicago label has released a musical tribute illuminating the personal and professional life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is marking 25 years on the high court.

Hitler offered to make this Jewish composer an “honorary Aryan.” Instead, he immigrated to the U.S. through Mexico.

One of the most popular operettas of all time, The Csárdás Princess, was composed by Hungarian Emmerich Kálmán. Discover his incredible story escaping Nazi persecution by coming to the United States through Mexico.

What WFMT and “Star Wars” have in common might surprise you

WFMT shares something in common with Lucasfilm, Disney Pixar, Warner Bros., Apple, that might surprise you.
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carl's morning quiz

Carl GrapentineNeil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon 49 years ago today, July 20, 1969, and we’re playing “moon music” during this hour. What opera by Richard Strauss includes an orchestral interlude known as Moonlight Music?

meet the hosts

Read the biography of host Carl Grapentine and find out more about all WFMT hosts.
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travel with wfmt

Join Carl Grapentine August 23rd through August 26th for an exciting 4-day Grand Opera tour to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Join Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff and fellow classical music enthusiasts for an "Autumn feast for the senses" to Paris and Normandy!
Join Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff and celebrate the life of Frederic Chopin!