Rush Hour Concerts Return for 2022, Free Summer Recitals Help You Wait Out Commute

With commuting, once again, a part of many of our days, the simple concept of the Rush Hour Concerts becomes vital.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2022-23 Season, Its 45th

The anniversary season will feature seven mainstage performances — including a holiday Messiah concert — all of which will be conducted by music director Stilian Kirov.

Hop In! Ear Taxi Festival Announces Fall 2021 Return

When it comes to getting around a bustling city like Chicago to see the sights, jumping in a cab is a great place to start. But hearing the city? Turns out, a taxi can take you on a listening journey, too.

CSO Announces Next Mead Composer-in-Residence

Riccardo Muti has appointed Jessie Montgomery as the Mead Composer-in-Residence. Montgomery will succeed the CSO’s current composer-in-residence, Missy Mazzoli, in July of this year.

Playlist: Celebrating the New American Canon

We all love Sousa, Gershwin, and Copland. But what about the new(er) entrants to the canon of American classical composers? This Independence Day, we’ve compiled a playlist of just some of the vanguard voices redefining what American classical music sounds like.

Celebrate Art Song and Living Composers in Chicago and Beyond at this Three-Day Festival

In the eyes of tenor Nicholas Phan, living composers and the classical music genre of art song both face a similar obstacle: they’re often overlooked when it comes to programming and promoting classical music.

11 New Chicago Ensembles You Should Know

For naysayers who think classical music is on the decline, these Chicago-based performing groups offer the perfect response. All founded in the past three years, they’re offering fresh takes on repertoire familiar and unfamiliar, expanding the musical canon and enlivening the musical life of our city.

A Sneak Peek at Guarneri Hall, a New Classical Music Space with a Radical Mission

A brand new space for recording and performing classical music is always something to celebrate, especially when it aims to support and enrich classical music in Chicago and beyond. After 12 years of development, Guarneri Hall, a not-for-profit music incubator located at 11 East Adams Street in the Chicago Loop, opens on Tuesday, October 23. They celebrate their grand opening …

CSO’s MusicNOW Announces 20th Anniversary Season: Vijay Iyer, Salonen, Evening-Length Theatrical Work

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announced the 2017-18 lineup for its acclaimed series MusicNOW, celebrating 20 years of bringing contemporary music to Chicago.

Playlist: 10 Contemporary Composers You Should Know (…Who Also Happen to Be Women)

During March, Women’s History Month, we draw special attention to the music of women composers past and present on WFMT. Here are 10 living composers who are changing music today, along with 10 albums featuring their music you might want to add to your library.