Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

Paulo Szot, Marin Alsop, and the cast of Ravinia’s presentation of Bernstein’s MASS (Photo: Ravinia Festival) In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this panel, hosted by WFMT General Manager and Vice President George Preston. In a stream starting at 8:15 …

‘Wicked’ creator Stephen Schwartz on what he learned from Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who created hit musicals like Wicked and Godspell, was just 23 years old when he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein. In a video chat interview with WFMT’s George Preston, Schwartz recounts how he came to contribute to MASS, and what he learned from Bernstein.

Anniversaries of 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. …

Sound the Shofar!

The shofar, an instrument made from a ram’s horn, is heard in synagogues all over the world during the Jewish High Holidays. It has also been heard outside those confines for ages, as a call to battle, or a way for shepherds to summon their flocks.

WFMT, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus celebrate Bernstein’s 100 birthday in Boystown with pop-up performance

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, WFMT and the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presented a pop-up performance of “Somewhere” from the composer’s beloved musical West Side Story. The event was broadcast live from the Legacy Walk in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood.