Janáček; J. Strauss, Jr. & Mussorgsky

Sampling conductors: Ozawa, Gould, Reiner, and Giulini

American Music Project Boosts Repertory Rarities in 10th Chicago Season

This AMP season’s lineup showcases neglected repertoire in chamber, solo piano, and orchestral settings.

Paul Lewis and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Leonard Slatkin Conducts Copland, Rouse, Ravel

Robert Langevin is the soloist in the Celtic-influenced Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse. We’ll also hear works by Copland and Ravel including the Boléro, all conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Trifonov Plays Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

In the opening concert of the 2021-22 Season, Daniil Trifonov was soloist in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano 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.

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 …

The Pines of Rome

The exciting and innovative Eric Jacobsen makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut.

New England to New York

Music by Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, and Charles Ives.

Chicago Pride Concerts & Events for 2023

From concerts to screenings to festivals to parades, there’s always something happening in and around Chicago for LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Dudamel, Meyers, LA Phil

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers in two New York premieres by Gabriela Ortiz and Arturo Márquez plus a symphony by Aaron Copland.

Morlot Conducts Ravel and Higgins

Ludovic Morlot conducts Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and the world premiere of a concerto written by and starring Timothy Higgins, the orchestra’s principal trombonist.

LGBTQ Pride Month 2021 on WFMT

This LGBTQ Pride Month, WFMT honors the numerous LGBTQ artists and composers who have changed classical music for the better.

Memorial Day 2021 on WFMT

All weekend long, WFMT will be honoring Memorial Day in music. Check out these highlights that you won’t want to miss.

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?

2020 Grammys: Classical Music Nominees and Winners

“Music’s biggest night” is right around the corner, and the classical music community has a lot to look forward to at the 2020 Grammys.

Playlist: Dispelling the Stigma of the Classical Crossover

The classical crossover has not always had the best reputation, but there’s no shortage of ambitious, energizing takes on genre-mixing. Composer and conductor Teddy Abrams, who collaborated with indie-rocker Jim James on a recent album, breaks down the perils and payoffs of the crossover.

Exploring Chords: “Appalachian Spring”

From its premiere more than 75 years ago, this music and ballet continue to speak to the American soul. Dive into the score of Appalachian Spring with Bill McGlaughlin.

Playlist: WFMT Selects Classical Music for Your Serene, Sunny Summer

Summer is upon us! Whatever your plans, we have the perfect musical accompaniment: summery classical music selected by WFMT hosts and staff!

Playlist: WFMT Selects Classical Music to Help You Spring into Spring

You made it; the frigid, blustery days of winter have finally passed, and spring is here! Here is some music that captures the season’s irrepressible spirit.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.