Met Opera Announces ’24-25 Season

Four contemporary operas have their Met premieres.

Alan Gilbert and Frank Huang Perform Ein Heldenleben

Plus visiting the West Coast by way of Salonen’s L.A. Variations.

Muti, Glass & Mendelssohn

Join Riccardo Muti and the CSO for a sensuous journey to Italy.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Barenboim Conducts Bruckner 8

We will hear the CSO’s ninth music director conducting Bruckner, Strauss, and Wagner.

Dresden Staatskapelle presents works by Weber, Wagner, and R. Strauss

Christian Thielemann leads the Dresden Staatskapelle in an exceptional performance of audience favorites.

Brahms, Strauss, Mozart

Seminal orchestral works by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart make up this performance led by music director laureate Edo de Waart.

Don Juan & Beethoven Piano

Roderick Cox conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and pianist Inon Barnatan in music by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Jean Sibelius.

Lise Davidsen, a Voice in a Million

An interview with the star Norwegian soprano who makes her Lyric Opera debut in Janacek’s Jenůfa this month.

Takashi Asahina conducts Strauss

Music by Richard Strauss conducted by the founder and chief conductor of what would become the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.

Season Premiere: Marsalis, Strauss, Gershwin

The series premiere conducted by Ken-David Masur.

Beethoven & Strauss

Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto, and Finnish conductor Eva Ollikainen concludes with the waltz-filled Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

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.

Chromatic Passages

Music by Richard Strauss and Anthony Cheung

An Interview with Susan Graham

The beloved American mezzo-soprano shares her passion for French mélodie and reminisces on one of her signature roles—Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier

Vienna Philharmonic

The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic shares a program of Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss.

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.

Strauss’s Salome

Conductor Philippe Jordan leads the ensemble in Strauss’s Salome, with Malin Byström in the titular role, alongside Gerhard Siegel (Herod), Wolfgang Koch (John the Baptist) and more.

Playlist: Classical Music You Probably Know (But Can’t Name): Vol. 1

Classical music can be nigh on impossible to find unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. Let us help!

Highlights of Warner Classics Compilation of Furtwängler Recordings, II

More artistic peaks from the great conductor.

Great Guest Soloists

This week, we celebrate Byron Janis’s 95th birthday in Strauss’s Burleske in D Minor from a 1957 RCA recording and some of the guest soloists who have appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra over the years.

Salonen & Bronfman

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads works by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Anders Hillborg in a recital featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.

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.

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: Soprano Ailyn Pérez Shares the Music and Singers Close to Her Heart

Chicago native soprano Ailyn Pérez speaks to us about some of her favorite Latin American and Spanish music and shares a playlist of influential singers and music.