Playlist: Classical Fire and Flames

The Great Chicago Fire began on October 8, 1871. Here’s some music that takes inspiration from flames.

These Quotes From Classical Composers Will Make You Fall in Love With Music All Over Again!

Not only are these composers’ musical works an inspiration, but their words are, too! Here are some of the most beautiful insights you’ll read all day.

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.

Video: Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt Piano Highlights from Daniel Lebhardt

In a dazzling and dynamic performance, pianist Daniel Lebhardt enchanted audiences with Beethoven’s seminal “Appassionata” Piano Sonata No. 23.

Video: Warm Up With This Concert of French Music by Geneva Lewis & Sahun Sam Hong

How about some musical bonbons for a cold winter day? With several inches of snow outside, violinist Geneva Lewis and pianist Sahun Sam Hong teamed up for a bright performance of French music confections.

Video: Beethoven, Debussy, Kodály, Strohl Performed at Chicago Cultural Center

In an impassioned hour of music, cellist Ben Solomonow and pianist Christopher Goodpasture played a wide-ranging selection of music from Ludwig van Beethoven to Rita Strohl.

LGBTQ Pride Month 2021 on WFMT

This LGBTQ Pride Month, WFMT honors the numerous LGBTQ artists and composers who have changed classical music for the better.

Video: Jazz Humorist Slim Gaillard Takes on ‘Clair de lune’

Master of both humor and music, Slim Gaillard always found a way to make his audience smile. Watch his swinging, sidesplitting take on one of Debussy’s most beloved works.

Video: Paula Kosower & Kuang-Hao Huang Play Nadia Boulanger, Debussy, Beethoven Live

From the Chicago Cultural Center, cellist Paula Kosower and collaborative pianist Kuang-Hao Huang present works of Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Video: Ascendant Violinist Joshua Brown Plays Debussy, Wieniawski, and Clara Schumann

With collaborative pianist Milana Pavchinskaya, Brown gave a sensitive, engrossing performance to an empty audience in the Chicago Cultural Center.

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio: Selections from ‘The French Album’ at Home

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio sits down with WFMT General Manager George Preston to discuss WFMT, what it is like to be an artist right now, and Jorge’s new recording, The French Album.

Quiz: Which Symphonic Master Are You?

Are you a revolutionary like Beethoven, or are you obsessive like Berlioz? Take this quiz to see which symphonic master you most resemble.

Playlist: Electrifying Classical Music Fireworks

With many of the major annual fireworks displays on hold this year because of COVID-19, WFMT is bringing you the fire with a curated playlist of pyrotechnic music.

Calculating Chopin: WFMT’s New Digital Series Demystifies Math and Music

“Contrary to popular myth,” Dr. Eugenia Cheng explains, “math is not just about numbers, but about patterns, structures, and logic, and patterns and structures also pervade classical music.”

Video: Piano Works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy by Christopher Goodpasture

From beneath the glistening Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center, pianist Christopher Goodpasture shared works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy to a full audience.

Video: Pianist Hélène Tysman Plays Debussy, Bach, Chopin, Ravel

On an overcast, early fall day, pianist Hélène Tysman shared a sensitive, illuminating performance of piano works by Bach, Debussy, Chopin, and Ravel for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Watch the full program here!

Video: Watch Pianist George X. Fu Perform Works by Debussy and Beethoven

Audience members, listeners, and viewers alike were treated to a sensitive, dynamic Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert when pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu took the stage at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Playlist: Piano Études for Your Back to School Studies

Since there is a type of musical composition named for studying — études, for you non French-speakers — we have the perfect musical accompaniment while you hit the books.

Playlist: Classical Music From Composers’ School Days

Just because the school year is right around the corner doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing (or writing) music. As proof, here are 16 pieces from composers written when they were still students!

Video: Cellist Hee-Young Lim performs music by Debussy and Massenet

Cellist Hee-Young Lim and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang performed in a WFMT Facebook Live from the Brennan Family Recital Hall at the DePaul University School of Music.

Pianist Jacques Loussier Dies at Age 84

The French pianist was known for his jazz interpretations of classical music, most famously, the works of Bach in his Play Bach record series.

6 of the Most Famous Classical Music Feuds Between Composers

The history of music is full of friendships and feuds. These composers certainly had complicated relationships. What are your favorite composer clashes?

Playlist: 18 Underrated Concertos We Should Hear More Often

What makes a piece popular? How does a piece survive its first few performances? What makes something a warhorse, played over and over again, easily marketed from decade to decade? Who decides what’s good, anyway? Here are 18 underrated concertos – ones that don’t get played all that much, but maybe should be more widely known.

Video: Pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya Plays Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Brahms

Russian-born Spanish pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya performs live in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center during a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.