Lyric Invites South and West Side Chicago Students To Tell Their Stories on a Grand Stage

17-year-old Jai Bartley used to think that opera was “really long and boring.” Now, she’s producing and performing in EMPOWER, an original opera set to have its world-premiere performance at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Raise Your Glasses With Us at Ravinia as We Celebrate Carl Grapentine’s Retirement

WFMT’s longtime Morning Program host Carl Grapentine landed what he describes as his dream job by chance. He first heard about WFMT in the early 1970s from his colleagues at WQRS, a classical radio station in Detroit that modeled itself after WFMT. Fast-forward to the summer of 1985: during a trip to Chicago, Carl visited the WFMT studios and found out from …

WWCI Names Sandra Cordova Micek as President & CEO

Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW and WFMT, announced Thursday it has hired a new president and CEO. WWCI’s Board of Trustees selected Sandra Cordova Micek, a senior marketing executive with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, to serve as its new president and CEO beginning May 1. “This is an exciting time for WTTW and WFMT …

For the Record: The Library of Congress Welcomes Four Classical Recordings to the National Recording Registry

Every year since 2002, the National Recording Registry selects a number of sound recordings to honor. Here are four classical recordings registered this year.

Classical radio host Carl Grapentine announces retirement from “dream job” at WFMT

WFMT’s longtime Morning Program host Carl Grapentine landed what he describes as his “dream job” by chance. He first heard about WFMT in the early 1970s from his colleagues at WQRS, a classical radio station in Detroit that modeled itself after WFMT. Years later, while attending the Concert Music Broadcasters Association in Chicago, “I got up the courage to speak …