Music of the Baroque: Circles of Friends and ’23-24

We hear MOB’s May concert Circles of Friends — featuring selections by Haydn, Mozart, and contemporaries Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Johann Baptist Wanhal — with an intermission feature: Declan McGovern previews the 23-24 season.

Boulez & Aimard

Pierre Boulez conducts Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Mozart and Amy Beach

A juxtaposition of two completely different styles. Enjoy Mozart’s Wind Serenade in C minor, K. 388, then the Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67 by Amy Beach.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni.

Demarre McGill

Chicago-born flutist Demarre McGill joins music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony to perform Notturno by the orchestra’s former music director, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mozart’s Idomeneo

The opera that announced the young Mozart’s genius to the world returns to the Met stage, with acclaimed maestro Manfred Honeck making a notable company debut on the podium

Bruno Walter and the NBC Symphony

Works by Anton Bruckner, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Bedřich Smetana led by one of the 20th century’s definitive conductors.

Hrůša Conducts Dvořák 6

Hrůša also conducts music by Barber and Coleridge-Taylor.

A New Angle On Mozart in Immersive Exhibit

“They did not want to turn this into the Mamma Mia of Mozart. This isn’t Mozart’s greatest hits.”

Sebastian Knauer, piano

Pianist Sebastian Knauer visits WFMT to play a collection of music composed for him by Michael Nyman plus selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Lyric Opera 2023-2024 Season: Dutchman, Aida, Cinderella, Audra

Next year’s lineup of six mainstage operas offers choices for traditional and contemporary opera fans alike.

Music Director TBA: Elgin Symphony Unveils Flagship Series for 2023-2024

Concerts featuring Christine Brewer, Brandon Patrick George, and more. But with a music director to be named in the coming months, we will have to wait to see who will conduct them.

Heaven and Earth: Music of the Baroque Announces 2023-24 Season

Boasting banner works like the Mozart Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion, the season will feature eight programs performed at venues in and around Chicago.

Klaus Mäkelä conducts Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor

The imaginative conductor, still in his twenties, leads the Oslo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in an unfinished masterpiece by Mozart.

These Quotes From Classical Composers Will Make You Fall in Love With Music All Over Again!

Not only are these composers’ musical works an inspiration, but their words are, too! Here are some of the most beautiful insights you’ll read all day.

Rolando Villazón and Emily Pogorelc sing Mozart

Rolando Villazón’s ‘Mozart and the Women,’ is a concert with soprano Emily Pogorelc, pianist Marie-Sophie Hauzel, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elias Grandy.

Playlist: Classical Music for Long Walks

In an array of stimulating and soothing music, give your walk a melodic backdrop or clear your mind for some deep thinking.

A Classical Music Aerial Adventure: Summer in Chicago

Get a new view of summertime in Chicago… complete with some great classical music!

Video: Violinist Julian Rhee & Pianist Xiaohui Yang play Mozart & Strauss

Violinist Julian Rhee is not yet 20 years old, but he’s already an in-demand artist, with appearances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony under his belt.

Playlist: Classical Coffeeshop

A rich blend of music for calm, conversation, and of course, caffeine.

Mozart’s Top 10 Works

Picking a favorite out of Mozart’s immense catalog of music is no small feat, so we asked all WFMT hosts, producers, and staff to weigh in on their best-loved compositions and recordings.

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.

Artist Icebreaker: Conductor Yue Bao

Ahead of Yue Bao’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the Ravinia Festival this Sunday, August 8, she reveals to us some conducting secrets, her favorite cities for music, and more!

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.

Lyric Announces 2021-22 Season With ‘Magic Flute,’ ‘Macbeth,’ Mazzola

A Verdi and bel canto expert, Lyric’s new music director Enrique Mazzola will open the season with Verdi’s Macbeth and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, while also conducting contemporary opera Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli later in the season.