Independence Day Salute

With Christopher Bell decked in red, white, and blue, the Grant Park Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and the ever-popular Armed Forces Salute in a glorious summer tradition.

An American Salute: Rhapsody in Blue

Michelle Cann returns to Pritzker Pavilion as soloist in George Gershwin’s dazzling Rhapsody in Blue.

Celebrate!

In honor of Independence Day and Canada Day, host Peter DuBois delves into recordings of sacred choral and organ music celebrating the musical traditions of each country.

Backstage at the Grant Park Music Festival, WFMT Catches Up With Christopher Bell

Ahead of the season premiere of the 2021 Grant Park Music Festival, WFMT met up with chorus director Christopher Bell, who reflects on returning to live music, previews the opening Independence Day Salute, and talks about a summer of great music to come.

Quiz: Match the Patriotic American Song to Its Composer

The United States has no shortage of patriotic music, and each piece has its own fascinating history. How knowledgeable are you about the sounds of America?

Free Live Music Will Return To Grant Park Music Festival for 2021

The Grant Park Music Festival today announced its return to live music in a 2021 season, the festival’s first live performances since August 2019.

Playlist: Celebrating the New American Canon

We all love Sousa, Gershwin, and Copland. But what about the vanguard voices redefining what American classical music sounds like?

Have a Happy, Musical, and Safe Holiday With These 9 Chicago Performances

Just because we can’t gather in person, it doesn’t mean the weekend won’t be fun and music-filled! Here are nine musical events (most of them virtual), that will provide a great soundtrack for your celebrations.

Playlist: Electrifying Classical Music Fireworks

With many of the major annual fireworks displays on hold this year because of COVID-19, WFMT is bringing you the fire with a curated playlist of pyrotechnic music.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2020 Season

See what’s in store for the Grant Park Music Festival 2020 season.

Fourth of July (7/3/1972)

Celebrating America’s birthday through words and music, this is Studs Terkel’s Independence Day broadcast from July 3, 1972.

Celebrate Independence Day with WFMT!

This Independence Day, WFMT will share rousing and patriotic classical works for the whole day — here are some highlights that you won’t want to miss.At noon, Music in Chicago shares a recent Elgin Symphony Orchestra performance of “Hoe-Down” from Copland’s Rodeo Starting at 1:00 pm, we’ll share another Copland masterwork: Appalachian Spring. You’ll also hear Gottschalk’s The Union, “America” …

Grant Park Music Festival Chorus Director Christopher Bell’s Top 5 Independence Day Outfits

Each year, Christopher Bell conducts the Grant Park Music Festival’s Independence Day Salute, and each year, he finds a way to wow us with an extraordinary new star-spangled outfit.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2017 Season

All Grant Park Music Festival concerts are free. WFMT will have several live broadcasts from the festival, including opening night and the Beethoven Ninth concerts. See a full listing of performances.