Historically Black TSU hopes for Grammy with gospel album

The record’s nomination for best roots gospel album marks the first time a college marching band has been nominated in that category.

WFMT’s Classical Conversations: ‘Becoming Frederick Douglass’ & ‘Harriet Tubman Visions of Freedom’

Grammy-winning conductor, pianist, and composer Charles Floyd and award-winning baritone Robert Sims reflect on the importance that Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass placed on spirituals as a beacon for freedom.

U2, George Clooney, Amy Grant among Kennedy Center honorees

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Gladys Knight and acclaimed Cuban-born American composer Tania León are also among the honorees.

WFMT Classical Conversations: Dr. C. Charles Clency

WFMT presenter LaRob K. Rafael interviews Dr. C. Charles Clency, music educator, author, and the last accompanist of Mahalia Jackson.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces Full 2022 Season

The season begins on June 15 with artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar leading music of Mozart, Wagner, and Price.

New museum traces history of Black music across genres

A new music museum in Nashville is telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music.

Playlist: Celebrating the Blackness and Black Artistry of Gospel Music

Black people have used music and singing to tell the story of hope amid pain, promise amid peril, and immovable faith amid adversity. This playlist celebrates the uniqueness of Black thought and spirituality through the years.

Lyric Returns With Free Star-Studded Virtual Gala

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season opens this weekend in truly unprecedented fashion: with a virtual gala.

Through the Eyes of Women: Protests and Racial Justice in the Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Our picture of the past is often incomplete: though long on the frontlines in the fight for racial justice, women’s stories have often been left out of history. Here are nine conversations with women to enrich our understanding.

Musicians Protest in Harmony: Violin Vigils for Elijah McClain

As protests in the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality continue, musicians are coming together to pay tribute and raise awareness after the death of fellow violinist, Elijah McClain.

2020 Is the Year of Chicago Music, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events Announces

DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly stated that the year will highlight Chicago’s “big bold sounds” and show the world the city’s “proudly undefined” music scene.

Students Commemorate Legacy of Matthew Shepard, LGBTQ Hate Crime Victim, Through Song

More than two decades after the tragedy which catalyzed a generation of LGBTQ activists and inspired national hate-crime legislation, Matthew Shepard’s story is being shared with a new generation through music.

Aretha Franklin doc ‘Amazing Grace’ to finally see the light

Sydney Pollack shot most of the footage that documented Franklin’s performance at a Los Angeles Baptist church in January 1972.

Producer who worked with Franklin recalls great performances

Ken Ehrlich recalls some of his favorite memories working with “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

How WFMT legend Studs Terkel just made his Carnegie Hall debut (alongside the Kronos Quartet and his old friend Mahalia Jackson)

WFMT’s long-time resident “free spirit” Studs Terkel died near a decade ago, on Halloween in 2008, but he just made his Carnegie Hall debut. What brought about this feat of artistic time travel?

This Chicagoan Never Expected To Sing Opera. Now She’s Singing on One of the World’s Largest Stages.

Soprano Whitney Morrison began singing before she could even speak. Through her early years of singing in church, she never thought she would pursue a career in opera. Now, Morrison is one of 12 young artists selected for the 2017/2018 ensemble at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. The Ryan Opera Center is one …

STREAM: This Rare Live Recording of ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson Will Take You to Church

Hear a rarely-heard live performance by Mahalia Jackson’s broadcast from the Morrison Hotel in 1975 courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

“High Priestess” or “Master of an Art of Singing”? Changing the Conversation about Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson is undoubtedly one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Learn about how musicians and music historians are changing the conversation about the “Queen of Gospel.”