7 Strange, Silly, and Surreal Opera Plots

Take out the high courts and bring in the dancing elephants: here are some of the strangest opera plots that have ever been put to paper.

Sirena Huang, violin and Chih-Yi Chen, piano

Violinist Sirena Huang and pianist Chih-Yi Chen perform works by Amy Beach, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Chen Gang.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Blomstedt Conducts Mozart & Beethoven

Herbert Blomstedt returns to lead Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.

French Exploration

Music by Jolivet, Françaix, and Poulenc.

Masha Lakisova, violin and Lindsay Garritson, piano

Violinist Masha Lakisova and Pianist Lindsay Garritson perform music by Francis Poulenc and Henryk Wieniawski, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Diego Caetano, piano

Pianist Diego Caetano performs music by Antón García Abril, Cécile Chaminade, Mozart Camargo Guarnieri, and Francis Poulenc, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Szeps-Znaider & Carpenter

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider returns to the CSO in Poulenc’s Concerto in G Minor for Organ, Strings, and
Timpani and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, featuring Cameron Carpenter.

Masterworks for Organ and String Orchestra

Maestro Emanuele Andrizzi leads the Chicago College of Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra in music by Mendelssohn, Poulenc, and Vaughan Williams.

When Worlds Collided: Classical Music Inspired by the Beautiful Game

With this year’s Euro Cup Finals nearly upon us, chants and songs are breathing life into the stadiums. Yet as it turns out, the relationship between music and football extends way beyond chants and national anthems.

Born to Conduct: Film charts Met music director’s ascent

A new documentary charts the rise of Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin from a school stage to chief conductor at one of the world’s great opera houses.

Playlist: 88 Piano Pieces for Piano Month

September is National Piano Month, so WFMT is sharing a supersized playlist – with one selection corresponding to each key on the keyboard.

Playlist: Pacifism in Classical Music

Listening to classical music can provide a general sense of peace and tranquility, but many great works promote pacifism as their central theme.

WFMT takes NYC | Postcards from Host Peter van de Graaff

Another fantastic trip with Earthbound Expeditions and WFMT!

15 Queer Composers You Should Know

Can you imagine a world without the music of Handel, Tchaikovsky, or Britten? These great composers of the past are just a few of many important musical figures who did not identify as heterosexual.