Theater on Folkstage! Recorded Live at WFMT

Recorded expressly for Folkstage, hear songs performed during a recent visit from Nolan Almeida and Raye Zaragoza who play Peter Pan and Tiger Lily in the new adaptation of Peter Pan by playwright Larissa FastHorse. Plus, samples from past shows presenting Chicago’s vibrant, folky, musical theatre scene.

What Makes a Fiddle?

While “violin” exists only as a noun, the word “fiddle” also carries multiple meanings beyond just the instrument.

Kitty Donohoe Live from WFMT

A live solo performance by Kitty Donohoe, whose repertoire is steeped in Irish Heritage and rich with stories of exceptional women.

Burning Bridget Cleary from The Archives

The charismatic Rose Baldino’s Burning Bridget Cleary quartet delivers crackerjack fiddle work and tightly woven harmonies in a live performance at WFMT from 2014.

Joe Crookston Live from St. Tim’s

A passionate artist, songwriter, guitarist and fiery fiddler, Joe Crookston performs his brave and distinctive songs at St. Tim’s Coffeehouse at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Skokie.

10 Operas by Black Composers You Should Know

Operas from the 19th century to today that depict Black stories.

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

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

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

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

Giddens & Abels’ Omar

The luminous score—composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels—incorporates distinctive West African traditions with traditional opera instrumentation.

Grammy 2024 Nominees Announced

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

Songs for November

A hearty stew of November songs and a potpourri of recent releases.

Corky Siegel at 80: Gathering No Moss at this Magnificent Milestone

“I have so much pouring out of me that I would like to share before I can’t share it anymore. It seems the more years I’ve been given, the more I need.”

Playlist: Fall Folk Foliage — Songs Old and New for Autumn

As leaves change from green to gold and red, we are inspired to harvest some songs for the autumn season!

9 Studs Terkel Conversations for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hear from Hispanic artists, writers, activists, and more from Chicago and beyond.

Danish String Quartet

The dynamic ensemble performs works by Haydn, Bach, and Shostakovich as well as their crowd-pleasing arrangements of folk music.

Ella Jenkins at 99: A Timeline

For more than 60 years, the “First Lady of Children’s Folk Music” has used music to inspire and teach children around the world.

Mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, Pianists Chris Reynolds and Craig Terry, and Violinist John Macfarlane

Ryan Opera Center Members mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung and pianist Chris Reynolds are joined by Lyric Opera of Chicago violinist John Macfarlane and Ryan Opera Center’s Music Director, pianist Craig Terry, in an eclectic program of music by Richard Wagner, Vasyl Barvinsky, Stella Jang, and Marta Keen.

Chicago Pride Concerts & Events for 2023

From concerts to screenings to festivals to parades, there’s always something happening in and around Chicago for LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Tommy Prine doesn’t dodge father’s legacy, makes his own way in compelling debut

Tommy Prine never set out to be a singer-songwriter, but it proved to be a “saving grace” after losing his father, John Prine.

Folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84

“I simply write the songs about where I am and where I’m from,” Lightfoot once said. “I take situations and write poems about them.”

Joni Mitchell honored with Gershwin Prize at tribute concert

Says James Taylor, an attendee of the event (and a former partner): “Joni is a national treasure.”

2023 Grammy Winners & Nominees in Classical, Jazz, Soundtrack, and More

This year’s Grammys, the 65th annual ceremony, takes place on Sunday, February 5.

Tracing the Life and Career of Chicago Icon Mavis Staples

Humble. Thoughtful. Legendary. After more than 70 years, Mavis Staples’ career is greater than any single word.

In Their Own Words: Inspiring Quotes From Classical Artists and Friends Who Died in 2022

As we reflect on the year gone by, WFMT salutes the contributions of members of the arts community who died this past year.

2023 Grammy Nominees Announced: Classical, Jazz, Soundtrack, and More

The Recording Academy announced its 2023 Grammy nominations on November 15, 2022.

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