Lyric Cancels 2020-21 season

Among the canceled 2021 productions are Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as well as a concert tribute to music director Sir Andrew Davis, who concludes his 20-year tenure at the end of this season.

Playlist: 88 Piano Pieces for Piano Month

September is National Piano Month, so WFMT is sharing a supersized playlist – with one selection corresponding to each key on the keyboard.

Mozart meets COVID-19: Finnish opera adapts classic piece

“Covid fan tutte” is a satirical take on Mozart’s classic opera “Cosi fan tutte,” with an adapted contemporary story line that reflects the Nordic country’s coronavirus outbreak.

Quiz: Which Symphonic Master Are You?

Are you a revolutionary like Beethoven, or are you obsessive like Berlioz? Take this quiz to see which symphonic master you most resemble.

American Takes Top Prize at 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Ryan Opera Center Tenor Takes Third

In March, the ascendant American baritone Edward Nelson took first prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an operatic singing competition hosted in England.

This Animated Video Explains Why Mozart Was One of the Best Procrastinators

“Mozart led a hectic life — he was basically an overcommitted freelancer,” says Josh Davidoff, program coordinator at 92nd Street Y in New York.

Video: Pianist Hilda Huang Plays Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven at the Chicago Cultural Center

Fresh off a performance as the collaborative pianist to clarinetist Sam Boutris during last week’s Dame Myra Hess Concert, Hilda Huang performed a scintillating program of works by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven

6 Classical Music and Wine Pairings That Are Sure To Soothe Your Soul

Wine and music pair together in perfect harmony. Check out these 6 pairings from maestro and wine ambassador Enrique Mazzola.

Playlist: Classical Music From Composers’ School Days

Just because the school year is right around the corner doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing (or writing) music. As proof, here are 16 pieces from composers written when they were still students!

VIDEO | Escher Quartet performs works by Mozart, Dvořák for a WFMT Facebook Live

WFMT hosted the Escher Quartet in a Facebook Live from the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook ahead of their performances at the 2019 North Shore Chamber Music Festival, which begins on June 12.

Strike Up the Wind Band: Celebrating 50 Years of the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Though Northwestern’s band program dates back to 1911, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble began in 1969.

Playlist: WFMT Selects Classical Music to Help You Spring into Spring

You made it; the frigid, blustery days of winter have finally passed, and spring is here! Here is some music that captures the season’s irrepressible spirit.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2019-2020 Season, With Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Madama Butterfly’

Lyric’s 2019-2020 season will include seven mainstage operas (three of which are company premieres), three full performances of Lyric’s new Ring cycle, and the Broadway at Lyric premiere of 42nd Street.

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.

Playlist: A Toast To Vienna, the City of Classical Music

There may be one city in the world that can be considered the capital of New Year’s celebrations and music, and that is Vienna, Austria. We asked several classical artists to share why they love living in this venerable European city.

6 of the Most Famous Classical Music Feuds Between Composers

The history of music is full of friendships and feuds. These composers certainly had complicated relationships. What are your favorite composer clashes?

Video | WFMT Goes Live With Seong-Jin Cho, Rising Star of the Piano

Though perhaps best-known as a master of the music of Chopin, Seong-Jin Cho showcased his dazzling versatility, rivetingly sharing music by Mozart and Mussorgsky.

Lyric Backstage Video: Janai Brugger, Angela Brower, Sing ‘Idomeneo’ Excerpts

In an exclusive backstage performance, WFMT hosted a Facebook live with two of the starring performers of Lyric’s new-to-Chicago presentation of Idomeneo.

Quiz: Which Mozart Opera Are You?

Mozart’s 22 operas each have their own unique personalities. Are you fun and lovable like The Magic Flute? Are you passionate and dark like Don Giovanni? Find out what Mozart opera YOU are!

Carl Grapentine’s 10 Favorite Musical Performances During His 32 Years in Chicago

Looking back on his many years experiencing great music in Chicago, Carl shares some of his very favorite performances.

Playlist: Classical Music for Weddings (That’s Not Pachelbel’s Canon)

If you’re looking to add a classical touch to your nuptials, but would like to avoid the ubiquitous “Canon,” we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite pieces to match the mood of each moment in the ceremony.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2018/19 Season

Today, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2018/19 including special performances by sopranos Anna Netrebko and Renée Fleming.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2018 Season

The summer festival’s 2018 season of concerts runs for 10 weeks from June 13 to August 18.

VIDEO | Watch Mozart’s Requiem With a Día de Los Muertos Twist

The Chicago Sinfonietta has made its Día de los Muertos concert a popular annual tradition, celebrating the music of Latin American composers and giving a New World twist to Old World classics like Mozart’s Requiem.

Playlist: Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins

The opera house can be a scary place – and we’re not talking about all those crazy singers and their shenanigans backstage! Many operas contain ghastly ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Here are some of the most frightening pieces from the history of opera.