The Art of Johanna Martzy

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

Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony, 3

Wrapping up a retrospective with highlights by Ernest Chausson and Johannes Brahms.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Lindberg, Brahms, and Berlioz

EXPO by Magnus Lindberg begins our broadcast and will be followed by the Brahms Violin Concerto in D performed by Frank Peter Zimmerman. The program concludes with the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.

Haitink Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

A 2007 broadcast from CSO’s archives: Bernard Haitink—the Orchestra’s principal conductor from 2006 until 2010—leads Beethoven’s Seventh and Brahms’s Second symphonies. The program opens with Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz and includes Webern’s Passacaglia for Orchestra.

Harding Conducts The Planets

Experience the ferocity of “Mars,” the golden song of “Jupiter,” the eerie calm of “Saturn” and the haunting off-stage vocals of the ethereal “Neptune.”

A Chicago Symphony Chorus Spotlight

Maestros Barenboim, Boulez, and Solti conduct the CSO with the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of chorus founder Margaret Hillis.

Tilson Thomas & Denk

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the CSO in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with soloist Jeremy Denk.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Pipa virtuoso Li Jia’s performs the concerto Little Sisters of the Grassland.

Game Changers

Turning point works by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Brett Dean — whose piece Twelve Angry Men features a dozen cellos.

Hannu Lintu & Ray Chen

Music by Lalo, Brahms, and Lindberg (a CSO co-commission).

Encore broadcast | Ma’ayan Kertcher, 18, cello

Ma’ayan Kertcher plays the music of Reena Esmail and Johannes Brahms, joined by Shirley Trissell on piano.

Music and Conversation with Hélène Grimaud

An interview with the prodigious French pianist in advance of her recital at Symphony Center.

Encore broadcast | Samuel Lam, 18, piano

Today, a piano recital from Samuel Lam presenting works by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók, and Tan Dun.

Playlist: Beginner Concertos to Excite the Senses

Classical concertos are a great entry point for beginners. High-flying, exciting, virtuosic, they are often a pinnacle of solo performance.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

The Art of Guido Cantelli

Italian conductor Guido Cantelli — Toscanini’s appointed “spiritual heir” — leads works by Brahms, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky.

Encore Broadcast | Louis Auxenfans, 18, clarinet

Introductions welcomes a return guest for a full clarinet recital: Louis Auxenfans of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

Brahms, Strauss, Mozart

Seminal orchestral works by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart make up this performance led by music director laureate Edo de Waart.

Two Unique Wilhelm Furtwängler performances

German conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwängler leads works by Beethoven and Brahms.

Late Style

Works by Mozart, Brahms, and Janáček.

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.

Violin Concertos and Beethoven’s 8th with Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert leads a program featuring violin concertos by Vivaldi and Berg as well as the Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven and the Symphony No. 4 by Brahms.

Every Tree Speaks: Habbi, Brahms, & Schumann

In an ode to the wonder of our natural world, this program ponders fate, resolve, and reverence.

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.

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