Watch WFMT Listener Favorite, Pianist Vera Gornostaeva, Play 12 Chopin Mazurkas

One of Russia’s greatest pianists, Vera Gornostaeva, was virtually unknown outside of her native country for most of her career. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory, earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, had a popular television program, Open Piano, and trained dozens of prize-winning pianists. Yet for most of her life, she was never permitted to …

VIDEO: “A Shot of Malört” Is the Song Every Chicagoan Needs to Hear

Two of the most famous songs about the Windy City have been recorded by Frank Sinatra: “Chicago” and “My Kind of Town.” WFMT host Robbie Ellis has composed his own Chicago song, “A Shot of Malört,” that he shared during the station’s first Classical Cabaret, hosted at the Uptown Underground nightclub and broadcast live. For those who aren’t familiar, Jeppson’s …

6 Times Orchestras Scored at Major Sporting Events

Members of Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles perform at the Halftime Show of Super Bowl 50 with Coldplay’s Chris Martin (Photo: Arnie Papp, cropped, CC BY) On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, ending an infamous 108-year championship drought. Cubs fans around the world have been “flying the W” (for Wrigley Field) and singing the team’s victory …

VIDEO | Bethany Thomas brings down the house with her soulful vocal stylings

On Monday, October 24, 2016 at Uptown Underground, WFMT presented its inaugural Cabaret before a live audience. A wide range of acts took the stage that night. WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis, who happens to be both a composer and a comedian, shared some of his original silly songs. KAIA String Quartet’s shared classical works that have folk roots. Singer Bethany …

VIDEO: How A 440 Became Standard Concert Pitch

To play in tune together, musicians have to tune their instruments together using a fixed pitch as a standard. For most ensembles today, that standard is A 440, meaning the note A above middle C is tuned to a frequency of 440 Hz. But how did that pitch become fixed at 440 Hz? The answer lies in the Deagan Building, …