Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a thriller and a longtime audience favorite.

Zhang & Trpčeski

Xian Zhang leads the CSO in Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony and Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Primal Message. In between, Simon Trpčeski joins her in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Opening the program, Sir Georg Solti leads the CSO in Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a from 1997 London recording.

75th Annual Elgin Symphony Orchestra Season Announced

Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Beethoven, and other high-flying orchestral highlights mark the ESO’s 75th anniversary season.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

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.

Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk

Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk performs music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, and Maurice Ravel.

First Night of the Proms 2023

The 2023 BBC Proms season gets off to a whirlwind start with a series of Nordic delights and music by Benjamin Britten and Bohdana Frolyak.

Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes in Concert

The star Norwegian artists perform songs of Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss.

Fabien Sevitzky and the Indianapolis Symphony

Music by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Kalinnikov conducted by 20th century maestro Fabien Sevitzky.

Michael Katz, cello & Victor Santiago Asunción, piano

Cellist Michael Katz and pianist Victor Santiago Asunción play music by Rebecca Clarke, Edvard Grieg and Manuel de Falla.

Playlist: Classical Coffeeshop

A rich blend of music for calm, conversation, and of course, caffeine.

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.

Postcards from Scandinavia — Lisa Flynn leads a musical journey to Denmark and Norway

One of the most exciting things about working at WFMT over the years has been the opportunity to travel on music-themed trips, meeting new friends who share a love of classical music. In early September, I led a group of eleven listeners on a journey to Denmark and Norway, where we saw cosmopolitan capitals and incredible natural beauty. Along the …

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on revisiting a beloved 150-year-old concerto to open the CSO season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season will start with a much-loved concerto in a performance by two artists picking up the piece for the first time in a while. In a phone interview with WFMT, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes says that he hasn’t played the Grieg piano concerto in more than a decade. And according to Andsnes, Riccardo Muti says …

Arthur Rubinstein Plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto… at 88

Age really is just a number!

Playlist: WFMT Selects Classical Music to Help You Spring into Spring

You made it; the frigid, blustery days of winter have finally passed, and spring is here! Here is some music that captures the season’s irrepressible spirit.

Playlist: Classical Music for Pumpkin Spice Season That’s Anything but Basic

While we all love the classics like the “Autumn” concerto from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” here are some works that are a little less… common to cozy up with this fall.

Playlist: Classical Music for Weddings (That’s Not Pachelbel’s Canon)

If you’re looking to add a classical touch to your nuptials, but would like to avoid the ubiquitous “Canon,” we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite pieces to match the mood of each moment in the ceremony.

Playlist: 31 Freaky and Frightening Classical Works to Haunt Your Halloween

Whether you’re looking for spooky music as you wait for trick-or-treaters, or you need some music to accompany your own “danse macabre,” we have your perfect Halloween soundtrack.

Playlist: 15 Classical Works to Help You Fall into Fall

Need some music to help you warm up this fall? We’ve got the perfect soundtrack.

Playlist: Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos

We asked you to vote on your favorite piano concertos, which we have been counting down for two weeks along with works that might be new to you. Here are your top 10 favorite piano concertos revealed!