Decade in Review: The 2010s and Classical Music

The 2010s were a tumultuous decade, replete with astounding artistic highlights, superlative new voices, and watershed moments of reckoning. WFMT hosts and staff reflect on what the past decade brought for classical music, and what the new decade may have in store.

19th Amendment, Beethoven, Perlman To Be Celebrated in Ravinia’s 2020 CSO Residency

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, three concerts with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and Leonard Bernstein’s A White House Cantata will be part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual residency at next summer’s Ravinia Festival. Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman announced today that the residency will emphasize the Beethoven anniversary year, and honor milestone birthdays for Eschenbach and Perlman. …

Pianist Lara Downes on Drawing Courage, Joy From Women Composers and Artists

Pianist Lara Downes is passionate about casting light on forgotten and unsung figures in classical music’s history. Downes’ discography signals this — A Billie Holiday Songbook, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, Exiles’ Cafe, and multiple records focusing on different traditions of American music denote a keen interest in reimagining the canon. Downes’ latest record, entitled Holes in the …