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.

Ballet Music by Ravel and Tchaikovsky, with Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto

Alan Gilbert conducts works by Ravel, Nielsen, and Tchaikovsky.

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.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1

Pianist Joyce Yang, a 2023 artist-in-residence for the festival, joins conductor Gemma New to perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano 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.

Souvenir de Florence and Songs for Sue

A dedication from Oliver Knussen to his late wife, and Tchaikovsky’s romantic reflections on Florence, Italy. Performers include the Miami String Quartet, soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Zoltán Fejérvári, and more.

Muti ends 13 seasons with Chicago Symphony Orchestra with praise and honors — and Beethoven

“I belong to another period of making music, of approaching the scores, of asking for a lot of time for rehearsals, especially in opera.”

Live from Millennium Park: CSO Concert for Chicago

Celebrate Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti’s remarkable tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at this free concert in Millennium Park.

Fabien Sevitzky and the Indianapolis Symphony

Music by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Kalinnikov conducted by 20th century maestro Fabien Sevitzky.

Nathalie Stutzmann

The Atlanta Symphony’s new music director Nathalie Stutzmann conducts music by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Chicago Pride Concerts & Events for 2023

From concerts to screenings to festivals to parades, there’s always something happening in and around Chicago for LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Russian Masters

Music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Carter Brey Plays Dvořák

New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto under the baton of Alan Gilbert.

Highlights of Warner Classics Compilation of Furtwängler Recordings, II

More artistic peaks from the great conductor.

Rakitina, Weilerstein & Tchaikovsky

Anna Rakitina makes her debut with the CSO leading an all-Tchaikovsky program.

Bruno Walter and the NBC Symphony

Works by Johannes Brahms, Vincent d’Indy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Claude Debussy led by one of the 20th century’s definitive conductors.

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Tchaikovsky and a Premiere by Julia Adolphe

Cynthia Phelps is featured as soloist in Unearth, Release, a new concerto by Julia Adolphe.

Playlist: 13 Horror Movie Soundtracks You Should Know

It’s hard to pinpoint a single genre for which music is more indispensable than horror. Here are 13 horror movie soundtracks to give you thrills and chills.

These Quotes From Classical Composers Will Make You Fall in Love With Music All Over Again!

Not only are these composers’ musical works an inspiration, but their words are, too! Here are some of the most beautiful insights you’ll read all day.

Video: Husband-Wife Duo Plays Brahms, Clarke, Tchaikovsky

Collaborators Matthew Cohen and Zhenni Li-Cohen perform a concert of music for viola and piano.