On the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary, Hear a Song Cycle Inspired by American Women Astronauts

In February, soprano Tamara Wilson joined WFMT to perform a celestial song cycle composed for her by Chicago composer James Kallembach. The works draw from the experience of women astronauts, including Sally Ride, Sunita Williams, and Peggy Whitson. We’re bringing this video back in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

10 Piano Concertos You Need to Know But Probably Don’t

You voted on your 10 favorite piano concertos and we aired them on WFMT along with 10 piano concertos that might be less familiar to you. Which of the concertos below are discoveries to you? Which of your favorites would you add to the list?

Pianist Lara Downes on Drawing Courage, Joy From Women Composers and Artists

Pianist Lara Downes is passionate about casting light on forgotten and unsung figures in classical music’s history. Downes’ discography signals this — A Billie Holiday Songbook, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, Exiles’ Cafe, and multiple records focusing on different traditions of American music denote a keen interest in reimagining the canon. Downes’ latest record, entitled Holes in the …

Where Are the Women Composers? How Classical Music is Faring in the Fight for Gender Equality

Over the span of just 9 months, Philadelphia Orchestra went from being one of the least representative orchestras of women composers to being the most.

Settling the Score — Oscar Nominees Highlight Gender Disparity in Film Composition

Who is your favorite film composer? Perhaps Hans Zimmer or John Williams come to mind, or maybe you’re partial to the winner of last year’s Academy Award for Best Original Score, Alexandre Desplat. No matter whom you prefer, film composers are crucial when it comes to conveying emotion on screen. They set the tone, write lush orchestrations that make us …

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