Anthony Freud to retire as head of Lyric Opera of Chicago at end of 2023-24 season

Freud turns 66 in October and intends to return to Britain after the season.

Video: Pianist Jiao Sun Plays Liszt, Debussy, Chopin, and More

Jiao Sun, a US-based pianist originally from Harbin, China, visited Chicago for a captivating recital.

Playlist: WFMT Listeners’ First Favorites

We all came to love classical music in different ways. Here are some of the musical first loves of our WFMT listeners, in their own words.

‘Opus,’ the farewell of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, will premiere at Venice Film Festival

Sakamoto had been battling cancer since 2014, and could no longer do concert performances, and so he turned to film. The filming took place over several days, just a half year before his death on March 28 at 71.

Playlist: 8 Popular Songs that Sample Classical Music

Musicians from rap to alternative to K-Pop and beyond look to classical music for inspiration! Here are just a few creative examples.
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