Thuille’s late 19th-Century Sextet

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays the Biber Passacaglia, and Zlatomir Fung joins forces with Zoltan Fejervari to play the Sonata in G minor BWV 1029 by Bach. We’ll also hear Ludwig Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Muti Conducts Beethoven

Riccardo Muti conducts three of Beethoven’s works, beginning with his Coriolan Overture and followed by his eighth and fifth symphonies. Plus, the CSO Brass performs Barber’s Mutations from Bach, selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Street Song.

15 Books About Music For the Young & Young at Heart

Every library could use more books! Here are our top books about music for the young and the young at heart.

The Art of Johanna Martzy

The renowned Hungarian violinist in music by Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Mendelssohn.

Music of the Baroque: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Dame Jane Glover leads Music of the Baroque in the monumental work scored for double chorus, double orchestra, children’s choir and six soloists.

Music of the Baroque Journeys Through Time in 2024–2025 Season

Highlights include rarely-heard gems, beloved holiday concerts, and the 80th birthday celebration of Nicholas Kraemer.

Chicago-area Bach Week Fest Announces 50th Anniversary – and Final – Season

“It’s the right time for Bach Week to bid adieu, and on a high note.”

Once banned by communists, Poland’s stately 18th century dance garners UNESCO honors

“It is a very simple dance… but at the same time it has an exceptional soul and one can express emotions in it in an exceptional way.”

Parker Van Ostrand, piano

Pianist Parker Van Ostrand performs works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wang Jianzhong, and Maurice Ravel.

Playlist: Classical Music for Cooking

Much like a gourmet dish, classical music is the result of many individual elements coming together. The composer, like a chef, must know the distinct flavor profiles of each instrument and how they complement each other.

Jonathan Cohen on Bach and Handel

Conductor and harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen on Handel opera and the sacred music of Bach in advance of his debut with Music of the Baroque.

Young Mendelssohn

An early string quintet by Felix Mendelssohn, plus a violin sonata by JS Bach.

Music of the Baroque: Holiday Choral and Brass Concert

Enjoy this festive celebration brimming with beautiful music for the season.

Art of the Fugue

The Orion String Quartet and Windscape join forces to perform Bach’s influential Art of the Fugue.

Now Adored, It Took 200 Years for Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos to Hit Their Stride. Here’s Why.

A job application, an overwhelmed orchestra, and a shocking true story behind one of classical music’s best loved works.

Bach & Kuhnau Magnificats for Advent

A program for Advent featuring Magnificats and festival cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Kuhnau.

Nathan Meltzer, violin, and Umi Garrett, piano

Violinist Nathan Meltzer and pianist Umi Garrett perform music by Bach and Brahms, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

How Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor became Halloween’s theme song

The music of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue owes much of its spookiness to the drama it employs.

Music of the Baroque

Dame Jane Glover leads the chorus and orchestra in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem.

Danish String Quartet

The dynamic ensemble performs works by Haydn, Bach, and Shostakovich as well as their crowd-pleasing arrangements of folk music.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Simone Young

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the first Black musician to win the BBC Young Musician Award, is the soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

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.

Music and Conversation with Mary Elizabeth Bowden

An interview with the entrepreneurial classical trumpeter, who has worked to establish new trumpet repertoire collaborations and commissions.

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.

Double Double Bass – Jacob Fisher, 18 & Ian King, 18

This week we feature two double bassists, both of whom have just graduated from both high school and Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.

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