Illinois Phil 2024-25: John Williams, American Symphonies, Messiah, More

The orchestra’s slate of seven concerts will kick off in September with “Three Great American Symphonies.”

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.

Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony, 1

Sampling the greatest recordings (reissued on the Eloquence label) from a fruitful collaboration.

Christopher Keene and the Syracuse Symphony

During Keene’s too-short career, he served as the music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the founder and music director of the Long Island Philharmonic, and the general director of the New York City Opera.

Wynona Wang, piano

Pianist Wynona Wang performs music by Zhang Zhao, Wanghua Chu, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Playlist: 6 Classic Songs that Sample Classical Music

Let’s take a step back in time to hear how classical music influenced some of the 20th century’s hits!

Playlist: Jazz Takes on Classical Greats

The special bond between jazz and classical is growing closer by the day. So let’s appreciate these incredible renditions of timeless classical favorites!

Paul Lewis and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

20th-century standouts by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff.

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.

Stephen Hough Plays Rachmaninoff

Star pianist Stephen Hough takes the stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

Romantic Russia

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Seohyun Kim, violin and Ji Yung Lee, piano

Seohyun Kim, violin and Ji Yung Lee, piano, perform music by Karol Szymanowski, Maurice Ravel, Carlos Simon, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Beethoven and Rachmaninoff

Music Director Jaap van Zweden is joined by Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. This will be followed by the Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff.

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff

Rising-star conductor Klaus Mäkelä also reads works by Jimmy López Bellido and William Walton in a program that features renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson.

John-Henry Crawford, cello and Victor Asuncion, piano

Cellist John-Henry Crawford and pianist Victor Asuncion perform music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Amy Beach, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Felix Klieser plays Mozart

Plus, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits present Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 alongside a work by Karabits’s own father.

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.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Tadaaki Otaka conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and violinist Elena Urioste in works by Rachmaninoff, Coleridge-Taylor, and Beethoven.

Season Finale: Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Closing out the 2023 Grant Park Music Festival season with music by Modest Mussorgsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Art of Simon Trpčeski

Showcasing one of today’s most acclaimed pianists in works by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

Alsop & Vondráček

Marin Alsop opens this program with Barber’s First Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, featuring Lukáš Vondráček in his debut performances, followed by Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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.

The Artistry of British Pianist Cyril Smith

Cyril Smith, a leading pianist of the early 20th century, plays selections by Balakirev, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Dohnányi.

Memorial in Song with John Brancy and Peter Dugan

A program for Memorial Day to honor those whose lives have been forever changed by war, including songs written by composers and poets who were soldiers themselves.

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