Playlist: Classical Music for Beach Days

Need some music for a day at the beach? These classical plays are the perfect soundtrack as you’re catching rays.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

We celebrate Riccardo Muti’s 13th and culminating season as the CSO’s tenth music director.

Bach & Franck

The Escher String Quartet joins pianist Zoltán Fejérvári in César Franck’s emotional, demanding Piano Quintet in F Minor. The string quartet also joins John Storgårds, Leigh Mesh, & Kathleen McIntosh in an exciting rendition of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor.

Szeps-Znaider & Carpenter

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider returns to the CSO in Poulenc’s Concerto in G Minor for Organ, Strings, and
Timpani and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, featuring Cameron Carpenter.

Escher String Quartet and Zoltán Fejérvári

Pianist Zoltán Fejérvári wows with the Bach Partita in B-flat Major, and the Escher String Quartet gives a fantastic performance of Dvorak’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51.

Carter Brey Plays Dvořák

New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Alan Gilbert.

Rakitina, Weilerstein & Tchaikovsky

Anna Rakitina makes her debut with the CSO leading an all-Tchaikovsky program.

Bach Week Festival’s 50th Anniversary

The Evanston-based festival’s music director shares a history and previews the upcoming concerts that launch the organization’s golden anniversary.

Bach in Norway

From Oslo, an all-Bach program performed by Barokkanerne, Scandinavia’s first independent professional baroque orchestra.

Roderick Williams – English Orpheus

An interview with the artist in advance of his performances with Music of the Baroque next month.

Philippe Quint, violin & Jessica Choe, piano

Live From WFMT welcomes violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Jessica Choe as they celebrate the music and legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born March 21, 1685.

Heaven and Earth: Music of the Baroque Announces 2023-24 Season

Boasting banner works like the Mozart Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion, the season will feature eight programs performed at venues in and around Chicago.

CSO 2023-24 Season Announced: Myriad Guest Conductors as Muti Era Closes

The season will be the first following the departure of Riccardo Muti as music director. But the maestro will be close at hand as he continues his association with the CSO.

Tár music supervisor Lucy Bright: ‘It’s rare to have classical music on screen in that way’

A conversation with Lucy Bright about the ethical considerations of music supervision, Tár’s most surprising musical Easter eggs, and more.

World champion says Rubik’s Cube and violin go hand in hand

Stanley Chapel is capable of remembering and applying thousands of algorithms to solve a Rubik’s Cube and performing one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin sonatas from memory.

On Singing Bach with Countertenor Reginald Mobley

One of the foremost interpreters of J.S. Bach, shares his approach to singing what is considered to be the most technically and intellectually challenging music in the vocal repertoire.

Playlist: Classical Music for Long Walks

In an array of stimulating and soothing music, give your walk a melodic backdrop or clear your mind for some deep thinking.

Playlist: Classical Coffeeshop

A rich blend of music for calm, conversation, and of course, caffeine.

Bach’s Top 10 Works

Bach wrote a lot of music! Here’s where to start…

St. Matthew Passion

Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving J.S. Bach accounts of the last days of Jesus. Bill begins by examining the history of the Lutheran church in Germany and the early musical representations of Christ’s last days, including Bach’s earlier St. John Passion. Before the week is over, we will also sample Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and …

Bach and Handel Highlights in Music of the Baroque’s ’22-23 Season

The lineup represents the “most ambitious season in recent history,” according to executive director Declan McGovern.

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.

Bach Birthday Bash!

All day long, tune in to hear WFMT’s celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born on this date in 1685.

Video: Young Chicago Artists Perform Music by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative aims to diversify American orchestras by preparing promising young artists from underrepresented communities for careers in music.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Well-Tempered Clavier?

Does Bach rock your socks? Do you think you know the music of the contrapuntal master, J.S. Bach, himself? See how well you know Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” one of the foundational works of classical music and of keyboard literature.