10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

Hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to Studs Terkel about his dream, the dangers of hate, and the power of love

“Even though I lived in a Southern community where segregation and discrimination were part of our everyday lives, I always dreamed of a day when these conditions would not exist.”

These Vintage Holiday Ads Are Sure to Make Your Spirits Bright

Go back in time to the early days of WFMT — the ’50s and ’60s — with a charming look back at some festive Program Guides!

Chicago Composer Brings Recently Restored St. Stanislaus Kostka Church “Out of Darkness into Light”

“Restoration is an act of defiance against decay,” composer William Neil said. His new work, “Out of Darkness into Light,” celebrates the restoration of Chicago’s historic St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

The 10 Best Classical Recordings of 2016

Here are 10 albums from 2016 that stood out because of the incredible performances, the repertoire, the historical significance, or all of the above.

WFMT’s Studs Terkel Archive Receives $400,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Between 1952 and 1997, Studs’ radio show on WFMT featured many of the 20th century’s most vibrant artists and thinkers.

How WFMT’s Mission Landed Morning Host Carl Grapentine His Dream Job

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 is WFMT’s 65th birthday! Morning host Carl Grapentine recalls “how WFMT did it” landed him his dream job.

Your Guide to WFMT’s 2016 Holiday Programming

All month long, you can enjoy WFMT’s special holiday broadcasts from all around the world.

Playlist: 10 of WFMT Music Director Andi Lamoreaux’s Favorite Musical Works

As WFMT’s Music Director, Andi Lamoreaux get to share some of her favorite music with audiences around the world. Here are some of her favorite pieces and performers, along with suggested recordings.

Author Alan Wieder on His Book ‘Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture but Mostly Conversation’

Wieder’s book is the first attempt to synthesize many facets of Studs Terkel’s life, including stories and details about Studs’ 45 years at WFMT.

WFMT Host Kerry Frumkin’s Postcard From Europe

For the last two weeks of September my wife Deb and I were treated to a cruise on the Rhine River thanks to YMT Vacations, one of WFMT’s loyal sponsors. Along with us were almost two-dozen WFMT listeners. The tour involved land transportation and sightseeing from Munich to Bonn, where we then boarded the A Rosa Viva for eight relaxing …

Watch ‘Do You Speak Chopin?’ – Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Marian Marzynski’s Newest Doc

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker’s Marian Marzynski newest documentary is Do You Speak Chopin?. Marzynski’s love letter to Chopin is centered around the “Chopin Olympics” of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

Register Now to Visit the WFMT Archives October 6-8, 2016 During Chicago Open Archives

The Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) is hosting its second annual Chicago Open Archives event this weekend. From October 6-8, 2016, over thirty local archives, research centers, and other institutions will open their doors to let the public explore their holdings, and to engage with local archivists, researchers, librarians, and curators. WFMT is proud to be included among the many institutions …

Playlist: 38 Classical Hidden Gems You Should Listen to Right Now

Time for a musical deep dive!

5 Rising Stars in Classical Music Who Got Their Start in Chicago

Many musicians have started their careers in Chicago, and some of them have also studied at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the Academy was established to serve as a training center for gifted pre-college classical musicians. The program is designed for piano and strings. “The Academy was modeled after another program, the oldest of its …

The Many Colors of American Indian Music

“But for some reason, people are surprised to learn that American Indians compose ‘classical’ music.”

Video | 5 Operas the Notorious RBG Wants You to Know

See which operas Justice Ginsburg chose as her her five favorites during her visit to WFMT.

RIP Jim White, WFMT Chief Engineer

Mark Jahnke, VP and Chief Technology shares the sad news of Jim White’s death. Sadly, we received news last night that Jim White, Chief Engineer for WFMT, has passed away.  Although Jim just joined the company in February of this year, he had quickly become a valued member of the WFMT team.  The second Jim walked in the door at …

Listen: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Piece of Music that Changed His Life

A conversation with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Finnish composer-conductor widely considered to be one of the most important in his field.

WFMT Host Peter van de Graaff Stars in Haymarket’s Don Quichotte

“Telemann has written… some truly funny arias about Don Q.’s dreams of chivalry and Sancho’s donkey and mishaps”

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