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.

The Curious Stories Behind 10 National Anthems You Might Hear This Olympics

National anthems are some of the most iconic pieces of music from around the world. For this reason, they also contain some of the most interesting backstories.

Music of the Baroque Is Back With Messiah, Mozart, Haydn for 2021-22

Music of the Baroque today announced its plans for a 2021-22 season, the venerable Chicago area ensemble’s 51st.

Memorial Day 2021 on WFMT

All weekend long, WFMT will be honoring Memorial Day in music. Check out these highlights that you won’t want to miss.

Playlist | Fire and Flames in 25 Pieces

Chicago’s history is inextricably tied to fire. Here’s some music that takes inspiration from flames.

No Maestro, No Problem for Chicago’s Conductorless Orchestra

Conductors are all but a given in symphonic performance today. Front and center, they provide a dynamic focal point for the audience while guiding the artistic experience onstage. But what if there were no conductor? Who would run the show? In chamber music, the artists themselves are usually tasked with determining the artistic interpretation and then communicating together to play …

See 18-year-old pianist Kimberly Han perform works by Bach, Haydn, and Chopin

Beneath the Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center, 18-year-old pianist Kimberly Han performed works by Bach, Haydn, and Chopin on August 14. Han, who hails from Lake Forest, Illinois and has appeared on WFMT’s Introductions several times, shared the program for a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. She performed an austere Bach prelude and fugue, an upbeat Haydn piano …

Watch Pianist Tomer Gewirtzman Play Haydn and Scriabin

First prize winner at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, artfully expresses style, sensitivity, and virtuosity at the keyboard. Watch his performance as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series.

After Gathering Dust for 200 Years, How Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 Was Rediscovered

Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 collected dust for nearly 200 years in the National Museum in Prague before it became a staple of the cello repertoire. Music historians had always known of the concerto’s existence, thanks to Haydn’s diligent records: the work is included in both of his personal catalogues, dating it circa 1765.  Beyond those brief mentions, …

KAIA Quartet Plays Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 in D

KAIA String Quartet joined comedian Robbie Ellis, singer Bethany Thomas, and storyteller Jack Zimmerman for the inaugural WFMT Cabaret at Uptown Underground. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble-in-residence, is dedicated to sharing Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet.

Riccardo Muti and CSO Present Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words’ at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral is an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown Chicago. On February 17, 2017, the church opened its doors to another Chicago treasure, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

14 Facts About Haydn

As we celebrate Haydn’s Birthday on the air, enjoy these fun facts about the composer from hosts and Haydn lovers Peter Van de Graaff and Carl Grapentine. Share your favorite facts about Haydn with us in the comments below. 1. Haydn was born the year George Washington was born (1732) and died the year Abraham Lincoln was born (1809). 2. …