This Friday: Oud player Rahim AlHaj channels “Hope and New Beginnings” in WFMT livestream

Oud player Rahim AlHaj (Photo: Michael G. Stewart) As we enter the fourth month of quarantining, its becoming easier and easier to be overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world today. And while it’s easy to slip into pessimism, it’s more important than ever to stay kind, stay optimistic, stay connected. That’s why WFMT is excited to …

A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach’s Solo Cello Suites Live

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach’s six cello suites live as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.

This Friday: Early music livestream with lutenist Paul O’Dette

In a concert livestream this Friday, May 22, Paul O’Dette, the Grammy-winning “dean of American lutenists,” will share a program of Elizabethan ballads and Scottish tunes. Prior to the concert, University of Chicago professor Lawrence Zbikowski will chat with O’Dette about his unusual beginnings with the instrument, his approach to technique, and his thoughts on historical interpretation. The concert will …

Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

Paulo Szot, Marin Alsop, and the cast of Ravinia’s presentation of Bernstein’s MASS (Photo: Ravinia Festival) In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this panel, hosted by WFMT General Manager and Vice President George Preston. In a stream starting at 8:15 …

Share some coffee and songs with tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Like most of us, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is trying to make the best use of his time and keep his spirits high during the pandemic. A favorite in Chicago, he has thrilled audiences many times at Lyric Opera of Chicago, most recently in 2019 portraying Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Throughout the quarantine, Brownlee has shared a host …