Harding Conducts The Planets

Experience the ferocity of “Mars,” the golden song of “Jupiter,” the eerie calm of “Saturn” and the haunting off-stage vocals of the ethereal “Neptune.”

Music and Conversation with Hélène Grimaud

An interview with the prodigious French pianist in advance of her recital at Symphony Center.

90 Years: Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2024 Season

Another packed summer of live music awaits.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Muti & Fischer

Julia Fischer performs Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto.

Every Tree Speaks: Habbi, Brahms, & Schumann

In an ode to the wonder of our natural world, this program ponders fate, resolve, and reverence.

Music and Conversation with Simone Dinnerstein

A conversation with the distinctive American pianist.

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.

Tianyi Lu & Sunwook Kim

Sunwook Kim is the soloist in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Conductor Tianyi Lu rounds out the program with works by Anna Clyne and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk

Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk performs music by Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, and Maurice Ravel.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

This week, we hear the Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Season Premiere: Schumann Symphony No. 4

Kicking off the 2023 Grant Park Music Festival season with music by Schumann, Muczynski, and Saint-Saëns.

Chelsea Guo, soprano and piano

Soprano and Pianist Chelsea Guo performs music by Clara and Robert Schumann, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Demarre McGill

Chicago-born flutist Demarre McGill joins music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony to perform Notturno by the orchestra’s former music director, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Highlights of Warner Classics Compilation of Furtwängler Recordings

The great conductor leading works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, and Johann Strauss II.

Ria Honda, violin, and Umi Garrett, piano

Violinist Ria Honda and pianist Umi Garrett play music by Robert Schumann and George Gershwin, live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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.

Playlist: Classical Music for Long Walks

In an array of stimulating and soothing music, give your walk a melodic backdrop or clear your mind for some deep thinking.

Video: Young Artist Elliot Wuu Plays Essential Early Beethoven and Schumann Works

Pianist Elliot Wuu, who is in his early 20s, visited Chicago to perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann that were both written when the composers were in their 20s.

Video: Pianist Hyejin Cho Plays Robert Schumann, Cécile Chaminade

See pianist Hyejin Cho wow audiences with charismatic performances of works by Robert Schumann and Cécile Chaminade.

Video: Music of Romantic Masters Played Live By Duo Dotto-Cho

The music of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms somehow managed to make a lovely spring afternoon even better.

Video: Andrew Byun and Victor Asuncion Perform Music by Schumann, Tailleferre, and Beethoven

The duo’s stirring performance was given to an empty audience but was broadcast via WFMT and WFMT’s social channels.

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.

Playlist: Classical Music Inspired by Flowers and Nature

Many composers have also answered the call of springtime’s riotous colors during this, the blooming season.

2020 Grammys: Classical Music Nominees and Winners

“Music’s biggest night” is right around the corner, and the classical music community has a lot to look forward to at the 2020 Grammys.

Video | Matthew Lipman Performs Viola Music Live from Levin Performance Studio

It’s not every day that we get treated to a performance of viola repertoire, and in this Facebook Live from the Faye and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, violist Matthew Lipman performed three works composed for the instrument by Bach, Rebecca Clarke, and Robert Schumann. Matthew, who hails from Chicago’s south suburbs, admits that “the viola has the reputation amongst the …