Bartók, Herrmann, and Gruber

An ominous, atmospheric lineup of music conducted by music director Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Playlist: Classical Music Inspired by Birds

A motley medley of music inspired by birds of all feathers!

Dance Acts Star in Auditorium 2024-25 Season

The Loop’s “theatre for the people” presents music and dance titles from October to May.

Alsop, Conlon, Dudamel: Ravinia Shares ’24 Season

Plus chamber music and ensemble appearances from renowned Chicago artists.

At the Movies with Michael Phillips

On this week’s episode of Sounds Classical, Kristina and LaRob are joined by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips for a trip to the movies! They discuss what makes a great film score, some of the most iconic and important film score composers! Grab your popcorn and enjoy this movie music montage episode!

From ‘Jaws’ to ‘Schindler’s List,’ John Williams has infused movie scores with adventure and emotion

Orchestral demand for John Williams’ music has risen so much that his career as a classical musician is almost as fruitful as his film music work.

CSO Announces 2024-25 Season and New Artist-In-Residence

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has announced its 2024-2025 season, a full year of concerts in its mainstage subscription series, as well as chamber, solo, family, and other programming.

Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, a movie each for Paul, John, George, and Ringo

These may dwarf all other music biopics: the stories of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr will be spread out over four films.

Celebrating African American Artists: The Film Music of Terence Blanchard

An interview with composer, trumpeter, and pianist Terence Blanchard.

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

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

Playlist: Classical Music for Cooking

Much like a gourmet dish, classical music is the result of many individual elements coming together. The composer, like a chef, must know the distinct flavor profiles of each instrument and how they complement each other.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

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

The AP names its five Breakthrough Entertainers of 2023

This year alone, composer and pianist Kris Bowers’ credits include “Origin” and “The Color Purple” in addition to “Chevalier,” “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” and “Haunted Mansion.”

Playlist: Modern Music for Holiday Merriment

From totally fresh arrangements of old tunes to new winter works altogether.

Kennedy Center Honors fetes new inductees, including Queen Latifah, Billy Crystal and Dionne Warwick

Opera singer Renée Fleming and music star Barry Gibb were also honored at the Sunday night black-tie gala.

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.

Grammy 2024 Nominees Announced

Peruse the hopefuls for classical, jazz, soundtrack, and more!

Playlist: Classical Music for Reading

Whether you’re poring over a biography, traversing a novel, or perhaps writing something yourself, WFMT’s reading playlist is made to help you relax, focus, and get lost in literature.

How Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor became Halloween’s theme song

The music of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue owes much of its spookiness to the drama it employs.

Opera on Film: 6 Movies that Showcase Opera’s Drama, Emotion, Glamor, and Beauty

What does one of the grandest artforms look like on the big screen? Check out some of our favorite portrayals of opera in the movies.

Halloweek Arts and Music Events in Chicago

A bounty of performances, events, and parties that will have you ready to celebrate spooky season in the Second City!

Chicago International Film Festival 2023: 7 Movies for Music Lovers

North America’s longest continually running competitive film festival returns for another year of scintillating programming.

Music and Conversation with Osvaldo Golijov

A conversation with the Grammy award-winning Argentine composer.

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