Playlist: 11 Black Performers Instrumental to Classical Music

Here are just a few Black performers who changed the course of classical music… and continue to inspire us today!

Music of the Baroque Is Back With Messiah, Mozart, Haydn for 2021-22

Music of the Baroque today announced its plans for a 2021-22 season, the venerable Chicago area ensemble’s 51st.

Anthony McGill’s #TakeTwoKnees Challenge Inspires Musician Activism, Raises Thousands For Equal Justice Initiative

Earlier this month, Anthony McGill shared a video of himself kneeling while playing clarinet with his call-to-action hashtag: #TakeTwoKnees. Now, he’s using this hashtag to raise money for a racial justice organization.

Friday: Chicago-Born Clarinetist Anthony McGill Gives Free Livestreamed Concert

Upon his 2014 appointment, clarinetist Anthony McGill became the first African-American principal musician in NY Phil history. This week, WFMT will present a free livestreamed recital featuring McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky celebrating the diversity of the Americas.

Sunday: Celebrating Black Classical Artists

A full day of classical music from the perspectives of Black composers, instrumentalists, singers, and conductors.

2020 Grammys: Nominated Artists Featured on WFMT

WFMT has been lucky enough to share conversations and interviews with many of the 2020 Grammy-nominated artists. Here are all the features with the conductors, composers, and musicians who have been recognized by the Recording Academy.

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.

The McGill Brothers Return Home for Grant Park Music Festival Debut [Video]

Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, flutist Demarre McGill and clarinetist Anthony McGill return home this weekend to make their Grant Park Music Festival debuts performing the works of Saint-Saëns and Joel Puckett. That’s not to say that Demarre, the principal flutist for the Seattle Symphony, and Anthony, the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, don’t get back to their …

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.

Playlist: 10 of WFMT Music Director Andi Lamoreaux’s Favorite Musical Works

As WFMT’s Music Director, Andi Lamoreaux get to share some of her favorite music with audiences around the world. Here are some of her favorite pieces and performers, along with suggested recordings.