Quiz | What American Composer Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which dean of American music you’re most like! Are you sparse and minimal like Philip Glass? Or do you prefer the sis-boom-bah John Philip Sousa? Do you prefer Samuel Barber’s sonic landscapes of America, or Scott Joplin’s Ragtime portraits of American life?

Juneteenth on WFMT

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US. Contrary to some misconceptions, the June 19 holiday does not mark the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863. In fact, the holiday marks a more somber occasion: the date in 1865 when Union soldiers brought news of their victory — and …

Sunday: Celebrating Black Classical Artists

This Sunday June 7, WFMT will present a full day of classical music from the perspectives of Black composers, instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Some of the day’s highlights include performances of music by Valerie Coleman and Paquito D’Rivera by Imani Winds, music by Michael Abels performed by two artists from Chicago’s South Side: Demarre McGill, flute, and Anthony McGill, clarinet …

Classical and Jazz: How Composer and Musician Paquito D’Rivera Thrives in Both

A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera is revered in both the jazz and classical worlds. When asked about how he is able to work in both realms, D’Rivera says, “It’s just music you know. The great Duke Ellington always said ‘there is only two kinds of music, good music and the other stuff.’ I don’t know what the other stuff is, but I can imagine it!”

19 African American Composers to Celebrate on Juneteenth (and Every Day of the Year)

Though African Americans have not historically enjoyed the same rights and privileges as others, their contributions of music have been nothing short of history-changing. Here are 19 composers to help you celebrate Juneteenth, and which in turn deserve to be celebrated.