Special Programming: Women’s History Month on WFMT

A month of exciting programming to mark and honor Women’s History Month on WFMT.

Music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Spotlighting the contemporary American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Haymarket Unveils 2024 Season

Across three flagship performances, Haymarket continues to plumb the expressive depths of early music repertoire.

Listening Party with Jessie Montgomery

Kristina and LaRob sit down for an informal listening party with composer, violinist, and CSO Mead Composer in Residence, Jessie Montgomery. She shares her musical inspirations, music she wishes she composed herself, and gives some insight into the life of a composer in the 21st century!

Dudamel Leads Beethoven and Smith

Experience the exhilaration of Beethoven’s dance Symphony, his Seventh, and a new cello concerto by Gabriella Smith.

Playlist: 8 Works You Should Know by Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger died tragically at age 24, but luckily, appreciation for her prodigious music catalog is on the rise…

Music by Barbara Harbach

Music by American composer Barbara Harbach.

Marin Alsop, Jude Kelly Reflect on Leadership in Panel Led by WFMT-WTTW CEO Sandra Cordova Micek

Marin Alsop reflects that “courage is important in leadership, but accountability is, too.”

Two Spanish Women Composers: Rosa García Ascot and Matilde Salvador

Two unsung composers from the early 20th century.

Prominent Finnish Composer Kaija Saariaho Has Died, Aged 70

Saariaho’s compositions melded live performance and electronics, winning recognition and securing commissions from numerous leading organizations.

Ravinia Announces 2023 Season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 Ravinia residency features conductor Marin Alsop and a lineup of other leading conductors.

A Women’s History Month Playlist: Sara Davis Buechner

After coming out as transgender, Buechner was shunned by the classical music industry. Decades later, Buechner finds herself in a more accepting world and is proud to support other LGBTQ+ musicians.

Free Movie Honors Hildegard von Bingen, A Trailblazing Composer & Nun

A 12th-century abbess gifted with extraordinary skills in medicine, science, and music.

Leading American Composer Jennifer Higdon Tackles New Instruments, Breaks Boundaries

“I thought that this was a piece that needed good tunes. And also, because it’s a concerto, you have to have some fast music in there. There are parts where I’m like, ‘Okay, let’s let it rip.'”

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.

Lyric Announces 2021-22 Season With ‘Magic Flute,’ ‘Macbeth,’ Mazzola

A Verdi and bel canto expert, Lyric’s new music director Enrique Mazzola will open the season with Verdi’s Macbeth and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, while also conducting contemporary opera Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli later in the season.

CSO Announces Next Mead Composer-in-Residence

Riccardo Muti has appointed Jessie Montgomery as the Mead Composer-in-Residence. Montgomery will succeed the CSO’s current composer-in-residence, Missy Mazzoli, in July of this year.

Video: CSO Flutist, Pianist, Horn Player Share Lovely, Lesser-Known Repertoire

On a sunny March day, flutist Emma Gerstein, horn player Alexander Love, and pianist Winston Choi shared an upbeat recital featuring music you might not have heard before.

Playlist: 12 Black Film & TV Composers You Should Know

From Duke Ellington to Tamar-kali, these 12 composers have shaped what movies and TV sound like.

Video: Cora Swenson Lee & Claire-Chung Lim Play Amy Beach & Ethel Smyth

On a frigid day in February, music by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Luise Adolpha Le Beau brought us comfort and warmth.

Video: Andrew Byun and Victor Asuncion Perform Music by Schumann, Tailleferre, and Beethoven

The duo’s stirring performance was given to an empty audience but was broadcast via WFMT and WFMT’s social channels.

Lyric Cancels 2020-21 season

Among the canceled 2021 productions are Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as well as a concert tribute to music director Sir Andrew Davis, who concludes his 20-year tenure at the end of this season.

Playlist: 19 Latin American Composers You Should Know

From Cuba to Argentina, Uruguay to Mexico, Latin America has had no shortage of phenomenal composers. And while we are huge fans of Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos, we also love these lesser-known composers — and we think you will, too!

Shaw, Sagan, and Searching: ‘The Listeners’

“For centuries, millennia, we humans have looked at the stars and wondered about our place in the universe and what’s beyond. That’s what I wanted to dig into,” reflects musician-composer-producer Caroline Shaw on her latest work, The Listeners.

Playlist: Celebrating the New American Canon

We all love Sousa, Gershwin, and Copland. But what about the vanguard voices redefining what American classical music sounds like?