Paul Lewis and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

20th-century standouts by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff.

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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Andris Nelsons leads works by Carlos Simon, Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin, and Igor Stravinsky

Season Premiere: Marsalis, Strauss, Gershwin

The series premiere conducted by Ken-David Masur.

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.

American Favorites with Bramwell Tovey

Music by Copland, Gershwin, and Grofé.

Little Traveling Music, Please

Wanderers, farewells, and sightseeing; people are always on the go. This week, Bill calls up, “A Little Traveling Music, Please” from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington, and more. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week. We will hear selections from Beethoven’s Les Adieux, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin, and Haydn’s …

Tony Bennett, masterful stylist of American musical standards, dies at 96

Bennett’s early career peaked in the 1960s as he topped the charts with “San Francisco” and became the first male pop solo performer to headline at Carnegie Hall, releasing a live album of the 1962 concert.

An American Salute: Rhapsody in Blue

Michelle Cann returns to Pritzker Pavilion as soloist in George Gershwin’s dazzling Rhapsody in Blue.

de Ridder & Barnatan

André de Ridder leads the CSO in music from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, along with Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s Piano Concerto with Inon Barnatan.

Ria Honda, violin, and Umi Garrett, piano

Violinist Ria Honda and pianist Umi Garrett play music by Robert Schumann and George Gershwin, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Joni Mitchell honored with Gershwin Prize at tribute concert

Says James Taylor, an attendee of the event (and a former partner): “Joni is a national treasure.”

These Quotes From Classical Composers Will Make You Fall in Love With Music All Over Again!

Not only are these composers’ musical works an inspiration, but their words are, too! Here are some of the most beautiful insights you’ll read all day.

Playlist: Classical Music To Dance To

This ain’t your average classical music dance playlist: dance along to new pieces, old grooves, treasured tangos, and winsome waltzes.

Playlist: Classical Music for Travel

WFMT brings you a “musical getaway,” whether you’re enjoying the comfort of your cushiest armchair or exploring somewhere new!

Quiz: Match the Patriotic American Song to Its Composer

The United States has no shortage of patriotic music, and each piece has its own fascinating history. How knowledgeable are you about the sounds of America?

2021 Grammys: Classical Music Nominees and Winners

It’s been a strange, difficult year for the music world, which is all the more reason to celebrate musical excellence.

Playlist: 88 Piano Pieces for Piano Month

September is National Piano Month, so WFMT is sharing a supersized playlist – with one selection corresponding to each key on the keyboard.

Quiz: What American Composer Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which dean of American music you’re most like! Are you sparse and minimal like Philip Glass? Or do you prefer the sis-boom-bah John Philip Sousa? Do you prefer Samuel Barber’s sonic landscapes of America, or Scott Joplin’s Ragtime portraits of American life?

‘No path is easy’: Black opera singers detail struggles

More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Met, Black singers still face unique obstacles within the opera industry. “We’ve made some strides, but not a whole lot,” said Professor Naomi Andre.

Playlist: Piano Études for Your Back to School Studies

Since there is a type of musical composition named for studying — études, for you non French-speakers — we have the perfect musical accompaniment while you hit the books.

Hungary: ‘Porgy and Bess’ cast asked to be African American

The opera’s decision to put on George and Ira Gershwin’s seminal work set in the American south and intended for a Black cast has caused a conflict with the creators’ estate.

Ravinia Festival Announces 2019 Summer Season

Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” the continued celebration of the music and influence of Leonard Bernstein, and four films accompanied by live orchestra await festivalgoers this summer at Ravinia, which released its 2019 summer schedule this morning.

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.