Beethoven Said It First: “Oh what joy, in the open air!”

Getting through winter in Chicago is tough enough, but when it’s immediately followed by a global pandemic and social distancing, it’s a real double-whammy. We’re reminded of the Prisoners’ Chorus from Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio.’

Robbie Ellis’ Comedy Tunes Prove that Classical Music Can Be Funny [Videos]

Think you know a lot about classical music? Robbie Ellis, WFMT host, composer, music director, and comedy songmaker extraordinaire shares four untold musical revelations that will have your head spinning!

Pianist Taek Gi Lee Shares a Dynamic Recital of Beethoven and Liszt

Pianist Taek Gi Lee, who hails from Seoul and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, shared a sensitive performance of works by Beethoven and Liszt in a February 19, 2020 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Enjoy the full recital below, and make sure to like WFMT on Facebook to be notified every time we go live! Pianist Taek Gi …

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2020-2021 Season

Today, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and CSO Association president Jeff Alexander announced the orchestra’s 2020-2021 season. The CSO’s 130th season begins on September 17 with a free concert for Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Muti will lead the orchestra in the Leonore Overture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Scheherazade by …

From 1-9: Your Guide to Beethoven’s Symphonies

Beginning January 28, WFMT will broadcast Beethoven’s nine symphonies on weekdays as the 2:00 pm “Afternoon Masterwork.” The performances feature the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Its founder and conductor, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, shares his guide to these symphonic masterpieces.