How WFMT Program Director David Polk plans to get more out of attending concerts in 2019

My musical New year’s resolution: Listen More Mindfully Many of the most important and rewarding musical works demand our full attention and were written in and for far less harried times. In Chicago, in particular, we’re lucky to have access to live performances of great works year round, sometimes at low cost or even for free. It’s so easy to ...

Old Town School of Folk Music’s executive director steps down

On January 3, 2019, the Old Town School of Folk Music announced that executive director James “Bau” Graves was stepping down from his position for health issues. Graves had served as executive director of the Old Town School since 2007. In early November 2018, Graves was hospitalized for blockages in three coronary arteries, according to a statement from the school. His resignation ...

Lyric Opera of Chicago Casts TV and Broadway Stars in Upcoming “My Fair Lady”

Lyric Opera of Chicago's American Musical Initiative has brought four productions to the Civic Opera House. Today, Lyric announced casting for its fifth musical in the series, "My Fair Lady."

The 10 Best Classical Recordings of 2016

Here are 10 albums from 2016 that stood out because of the incredible performances, the repertoire, the historical significance, or all of the above.

WFMT’s Studs Terkel Archive Receives $400,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

It was announced today that the radio archive of long-time WFMT free-spirit Studs Terkel received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $400,000. Between 1952 and 1997 Studs’ radio show on WFMT featured many of the 20th century’s most vibrant artists and thinkers. As a result of this grant and other support, the 5,600 ...