Boulez & Aimard

This week, a special broadcast from the CSO’s Archives. Pierre Boulez, the CSO’s Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus, leads Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll) and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The program continues with Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.

Janáček; J. Strauss, Jr. & Mussorgsky

Sampling conductors: Ozawa, Gould, Reiner, and Giulini

Hrůša Conducts Mahler 9

This valedictory score contains the many hallmarks of Mahler’s symphonies — their grand scale, profound emotions, and folk dance themes — capped by an ethereal finale that achieves a sense of transcendent rapture.

Haitink Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

A 2007 broadcast from CSO’s archives: Bernard Haitink—the Orchestra’s principal conductor from 2006 until 2010—leads Beethoven’s Seventh and Brahms’s Second symphonies. The program opens with Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz and includes Webern’s Passacaglia for Orchestra.

Harding Conducts The Planets

Experience the ferocity of “Mars,” the golden song of “Jupiter,” the eerie calm of “Saturn” and the haunting off-stage vocals of the ethereal “Neptune.”

A Chicago Symphony Chorus Spotlight

Maestros Barenboim, Boulez, and Solti conduct the CSO with the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of chorus founder Margaret Hillis.

Tilson Thomas & Denk

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the CSO in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with soloist Jeremy Denk.

Hannu Lintu & Ray Chen

Music by Lalo, Brahms, and Lindberg (a CSO co-commission).

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

Follow live on Sunday, February 4, as music’s biggest awards are given out!

CSO Cellist David Sanders to retire after nearly 50 years

Sanders was the last active member of the legendary Frank Miller-helmed CSO cello section.

Musical Events for Black History Month

Honor Black artistry with an entire month of exciting musical events — operas, chamber concerts, jazz orchestras, broadcasts, and more!

Honeck, Capuçon & Shostakovich 5

A journey from brooding despair to rousing triumph, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony rescued him from the grips of official Soviet disfavor.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

Plus the overture to Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.

Hilary Hahn receives prestigious Avery Fisher Prize

From her debut — at age 12 — with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Hahn has become a shining example of what it means to be a 21st century violinist.

Barenboim Conducts Bruckner 8

We will hear the CSO’s ninth music director conducting Bruckner, Strauss, and Wagner.

Blomstedt Conducts Dvořák 8

Eminent Swedish-American conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads two Dvořák landmarks — the restless, bucolic Eighth Symphony and the impassioned Cello Concerto — each imbued with the composer’s hallmark warmth and Bohemian charm.

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

Recognizing the Chicagoans, musicians, artists, and friends of WFMT who died this past year.

Handel Messiah & Tchaikovsky Nutcracker

Holiday music conducted by Sir Georg Solti and Fritz Reiner.

Reiner Rarities

This broadcast celebrates the CSO’s sixth music director, Fritz Reiner!

Afkham & Gluzman

David Afkham returns to the CSO podium to lead Debussy, Ravel, and Shostakovich.

Salonen & Kuusisto

Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the CSO podium for Ravel, Stravinsky, and Dessner.

Chicago Holiday Arts Calendar: Enchanting Concerts, Events, Spectacles, and more!

As we look forward to the festivities, we have compiled some of Chicago’s most enticing holiday offerings!

Guests in the House

This commercial broadcast includes the CSO’s historical recordings led by various guest conductors.

Montgomery and the Blacknificent 7

Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, and Jasmine Barnes join WFMT to preview the season premiere of CSO MusicNOW.

Glover and Jacobs

Dame Jane Glover makes her CSO debut leading Haydn and Mozart.

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