Shades of E Minor: Cuong, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky

Rounding out California Symphony’s suite of concerts with works by Viet Cuong, Edward Elgar, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Intersections: Kodály, Clyne, Skoryk, and Tchaikovsky

Kodály’s Dances of Galánta begins the concert, contrasted with Anna Clyne’s DANCE for Cello and Orchestra, featuring cellist Inbal Segev as soloist.

Vote for Tchaikovsky’s Top 10 Works

Help WFMT create a definitive ranking of the music of masterful Romantic composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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.

Met Opera Announces ’24-25 Season

Four contemporary operas have their Met premieres.

75th Annual Elgin Symphony Orchestra Season Announced

Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Beethoven, and other high-flying orchestral highlights mark the ESO’s 75th anniversary season.

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.

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!

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.

The Art of Guido Cantelli

Italian conductor Guido Cantelli — Toscanini’s appointed “spiritual heir” — leads works by Brahms, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

We take you to Paris for a live performance of this perennial favorite.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Lyadov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich

We visit Lyadov’s Enchanted Lake and Swan Lake of Tchaikovsky before hearing the Symphony No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Alan Gilbert conducts.

Playlist: The Best Classical Christmas Albums of 2023

Stunning renditions of contemporary works, stirring early music performances, and more.

Chicago Holiday Arts Calendar: Enchanting Concerts, Events, Spectacles, and more!

As we look forward to the festivities, we have compiled some of Chicago’s most enticing holiday offerings!

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.

Orozco-Estrada & Hahn

Hilary Hahn — the CSO’s first artist-in-residence — performs Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Muti & Fischer

Julia Fischer performs Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana

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

Romantic Russia

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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.

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.

Elim Chan & Leila Josefowicz

Josefowicz takes on Thomas Adès’ “Concentric Paths” Violin Concerto. The high-powered Elim Chan leads music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Clarice Assad.

Dalia Stasevka & Randall Goosby

Two fast-rising stars, conductor Dalia Stasevska and violinist Randall Goosby, team up for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. We also hear works by Jean Sibelius and contemporary Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi.

Valentina Peleggi

In a performance from June 29, 2023, Valentina Peleggi conducts music by Valerie Coleman, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Stewart Goodyear appears.

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