Stories

Soundcheck: How live radio broadcasts are made

As the second hand ticks toward the top of the hour, the musicians on the other side of the glass finish tuning. The announcer puts on his headphones in anticipation of the cue: “And here’s your host…” The on-air light button is depressed, and the fader is raised. We are now live on the air. There is a certain excitement ...

One of Senator McCain’s last requests was for soprano Renée Fleming to sing at his memorial. She agreed.

Soprano Renée Fleming will perform at the Washington National Cathedral for the memorial service of late U.S. Senator John McCain.

From YouTube to Lyric: Composer Jimmy López on His Operatic Debut

Composer Jimmy López never could have imagined that uploading some of his music on YouTube would land him his first opera commission, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago, no less. “I’ve been working towards this my whole career,” he said excitedly as he observed summer technical rehearsals for Bel Canto, his newly composed opera, at the Civic Opera House. Superstar soprano ...

WFMT’s Favorite Beach Reads

If you need recommendations for what to read when you're relaxing on the beach, look no further; our staff shares their favorite books about music.

Are You Secretly French? You Might Be If Get More Than 14/20 on This Quiz

Think you know French music? From the salon to the symphony hall, from the opera to the ballet, the French have given us some great music. But, how much French music do YOU know? Allons-y!