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.

Celebrating the New American Canon [PLAYLIST]

We all love Sousa, Gershwin, and Copland. But what about the new(er) entrants to the canon of American classical composers? This Independence Day, we’ve compiled a playlist of just some of 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.