Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff

Yefim Bronfman is the soloist in Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No. 2. We also present Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 from that same concert and the broadcast opens with Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin.

7 Strange, Silly, and Surreal Opera Plots

Take out the high courts and bring in the dancing elephants: here are some of the strangest opera plots that have ever been put to paper.

Playlist: Classical Music for Cooking

Much like a gourmet dish, classical music is the result of many individual elements coming together. The composer, like a chef, must know the distinct flavor profiles of each instrument and how they complement each other.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

Plus the overture to Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.

Encore broadcast | Sofia Radovic, 17, violin & viola

Radovic, a student at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, plays both violin and viola in this recital.

Playlist: Beginner Concertos to Excite the Senses

Classical concertos are a great entry point for beginners. High-flying, exciting, virtuosic, they are often a pinnacle of solo performance.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Symphonies by Haydn and Prokofiev

This broadcast features symphonies by Haydn and Prokofiev, plus a selection of songs by Franz Schubert orchestrated by various composers and the Fantasy-Overture, Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. The orchestra is joined by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the Schubert.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana

Fast-rising pianist Beatrice Rana is heard in music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev.

James Ehnes Plays Prokofiev

Violinist James Ehnes takes center stage in a performance of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. Music by Jessie Montgomery, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky rounds out the performance.

Mäkelä Conducts The Firebird

Klaus Mäkelä makes his CSO debut in Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Vanguard Voices

Chamberworks by Paul Hindemith, Charles Wuorinen, Sergei Prokofiev, and Brett Dean.

Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita

Plus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.

Playlist: WFMT Listeners’ First Favorites

We all came to love classical music in different ways. Here are some of the musical first loves of our WFMT listeners, in their own words.

Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Prokofiev

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is paired with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with soloist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Playlist: 8 Popular Songs that Sample Classical Music

Musicians from rap to alternative to K-Pop and beyond look to classical music for inspiration! Here are just a few creative examples.

Little Traveling Music, Please

Wanderers, farewells, and sightseeing; people are always on the go. This week, Bill calls up, “A Little Traveling Music, Please” from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington, and more. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week. We will hear selections from Beethoven’s Les Adieux, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin, and Haydn’s …

Hadelich Plays Prokofiev

Star violinist Augustin Hadelich makes a return to the festival to play Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto.

Shani & Rana

Lahav Shani makes the CSO debut in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Included in the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Beatrice Rana.

Roderick Cox Conducts Ravel, Dawson, Prokofiev

Roderick Cox welcomes guest artist violinist Karen Gomyo to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Playlist: Loud Classical Music

Whether you are looking to rev up for the race or drown out the din, this playlist of cacophonous classical music is for you.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

We celebrate Riccardo Muti’s 13th and culminating season as the CSO’s tenth music director.

Sofia Radovic, 17, violin & viola

Radovic, a student at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, plays both violin and viola in this recital.

Hanna Oyasu, 18, flute

Music of Ibert, Chaminade, Telemann, Enescu, and Prokofiev; before collaborating with 18-year-old singer Sophia Katsma on two Japanese songs.

Sirena Huang, violin and Chih-Yi Chen, piano

Violinist Sirena Huang and Pianist Chih-Yi Chen plays music by Eddie South, Sergei Prokofiev, and Henri Vieuxtemps.