Grant Park Music Festival Announces Full 2022 Season

The season begins on June 15 with artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar leading music of Mozart, Wagner, and Price.

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.

Playlist: 10 Underrated Songs to Remember Stephen Sondheim

Labels really don’t work with Sondheim, who had one foot in the Golden Age and the other in what came next.

In Their Own Words: Inspiring Quotes From Classical Artists, Members of the Arts Community, and Colleagues Who Died in 2021

As we reflect on the year gone by, Classical WFMT salutes the contributions of members of the arts community who died this past year.

See Photo Highlights from WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration

We’re still soaring from our big day last week, when we welcomed some of Chicago’s leading artists to take part in a daylong celebration of WFMT and the music we’ve been presenting for the last 70 years!

WFMT’s Classical Conversations With Pianist Norman Malone and the Creators of the ‘For the Left Hand’ Doc

At the tender age of 79, Norman Malone made his orchestral debut. We welcomed him to our Classical Conversation series to hear his incredible story.

Stream Highlight Performances from WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration

How better to mark 70 years of WFMT than with a party!?

Blues & Roots Violinist-Singer-Songwriter Anne Harris on Alchemy, Music, and Improv

“I made a very concerted deal with myself that I wanted to take the instrument the route of improvisation in the idioms of American roots music, folk music, Americana, blues.”

Video: Mother-Son Duo Performs Schubert and Wieniawski Classics

Violinist Igor Pikayzen and pianist Tatyana Pikayzen perform two expressive, engaging fantasies.

Opera’s Newest Voice: Meet Debra Lew Harder, the New Host of the Met Broadcasts

After nearly two years, Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts are back. With their revival comes the arrival of a new host: Debra Lew Harder.

WFMT at 70: A Q&A with WFMT’s General Manager and Music Director

As we look back on WFMT’s 70th birthday, we sit down with George Preston and Oliver Camacho to discuss the commemorative celebration and their plans to kickstart the next 70 years of WFMT.

WFMT Joins Forces with Cedille to Share Stream of Emerging Artist Competition

The first such event in Cedille’s history, the competition is being held in honor of the label’s 30th anniversary. The first place artist will get to create a record that will be produced and released by Cedille.

Watch | J’Nai Bridges, Shawn Okpebholo Join WFMT for Bach to School Virtual Assembly

For this WFMT Bach to School Virtual Assembly, WFMT’s George Preston welcomed mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and composer Shawn Okpebholo to discuss J’Nai’s stunning Habanera from Carmen and Shawn’s composition “Oh Glory.”

Video: From the Composer’s Studio: A Conversation with Missy Mazzoli & Jessie Montgomery

From the Composer’s Studio invites you to hear Missy Mazzoli and Jessie Montgomery, two of today’s most celebrated composers, provide a glimpse into their work. Enjoy this insightful, lively discussion co-produced by the CSOA and WFMT.

Steve Martin Inducts WFMT Favorite Jens Kruger Into American Banjo Hall of Fame

Known for his inventive, hard-to-categorize musical style of composition and performance, banjoist Jens Kruger has been inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame.

Comical Chats: Stream 10 Hilarious Studs Conversations With Top Comedians & Humorists

Never were Studs Terkel’s legendary gregariousness, curiosity, and generosity more evident on-air than when a comedian, comic actor, or humorist stopped by the studio.

From 2013: Legendary Chicagoan Timuel Black Reflects on Studs Terkel

Timuel Black, who died on October 13, 2021 at age 102, lived a truly extraordinary life. Hear an excerpt of a 2013 WFMT interview with the influential historian, activist, veteran, and teacher.

Video: Two Unsung Quartets Played by Fischoff-Winning Risus Quartet

Hearing music by Schubert and Mendelssohn, WFMT audiences enjoyed some rarified music-making by the Risus Quartet, the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious 2021 Fishoff Competition.

WFMT Welcomes Next Music Director

Oliver Camacho’s expertise in classical music comes at all levels: a vocal performer with experience in broadcasting, arts administration, and programming.

After 52 Years at WFMT, Music Director Andi Lamoreaux To Retire

Andi Lamoreaux will retire on October 1, 2021, a remarkable and virtually unprecedented 52 years after arriving at the station. We sat down with her to find out what the future holds.

Watch WFMT’s Classical Conversation With ‘Approaching Ali’ Composer D. J. Sparr and Star Soloman Howard

Ali was among the most important, most charismatic, most unique figures in American (not just sports) history. So how do you adapt the monumental life of the People’s Champion into an opera?

Behind the Scenes: Artists Share & Sing at Rehearsals for Haymarket’s ‘Orlando’

WFMT host LaRob K. Rafael visited Haymarket rehearsals, hearing musical rehearsal highlights and talking with two of the production’s stars: countertenor Bejun Mehta and mezzo-soprano Emily Fons.

Audiences to Return, Venue to Move for Weekly Hess Concerts

After a nearly-18-month absence, the concert series will welcome in-person audiences at a new venue: the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Playlist: A Classical Fishing Trip

10 pieces of music inspired by angling and sea creatures

Artist Icebreaker: Bass-baritone David Govertsen

Is it luck? Preparation? Skill? David Govertsen thinks it’s a little bit of each that has guided him to some of the city’s biggest stages.