A Classical Music Aerial Adventure: Summer in Chicago

Get a new view of summertime in Chicago… complete with some great classical music!

WFMT Classical Conversations: Dr. C. Charles Clency

WFMT presenter LaRob K. Rafael interviews Dr. C. Charles Clency, music educator, author, and the last accompanist of Mahalia Jackson.

Watch WFMT Classical Conversations: Benjamin Franklin and Music

In connection with Ken Burns’ newest documentary, WFMT interviews Ellen Cohn, editor-in-chief of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin and actor and historian Mitchell Kramer, who has been portraying Franklin for more than a decade.

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.

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.

Beats & Boxing: How Music Adds Power to Ken Burns’ ‘Muhammad Ali’

Jennifer Dunnington creates emotions for a living. For Ken Burns’ latest film, Muhammad Ali, Dunnington, an Emmy-winning music producer and music editor, used music to convey emotions, introduce momentum, and ratchet up drama in the rink.

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?

Met’s 9/11 Anniversary: Music Can Help Mend Wounds of 20 Years Ago and Today

Matthew Polenzani, one of the artists performing at the Met’s Verdi Requiem commemorative concerts on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, reflects on why music can help us heal.

Wells’ World: Corey Wilkes Melds Chicago Music Past, Present In Documentary Score

“I had to think about the Roaring Twenties and music like Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and so on, that Ida B. Wells [would have been] hearing.”

Jim Mabie, Longtime WTTW-WFMT Trustee and Board Chair, Dies at 85

A noted Chicago businessman, philanthropist and civic leader who served as a WTTW and WFMT trustee for more than 20 years, Jim Mabie died Saturday surrounded by his family.

The Sounds of Ernest Hemingway (Playlist)

Ernest Hemingway was, by his own account, “absolutely without talent” when it came to music, but his influential writing and extraordinary life have inspired many film and TV composers.

Playlist | Fire and Flames in 25 Pieces

Chicago’s history is inextricably tied to fire. Here’s some music that takes inspiration from flames.

Black and Latino Voices On Stage

To coincide with exciting new additions to the WTTW slate, WFMT has compiled a playlist celebrating the pinnacles of Black and Latino artistry in vocal music.

Bernstein MASS: Join Marin Alsop, Paolo Szot, and WFMT’s George Preston for a Live Panel Discussion

In the hour leading up to the premiere of the Ravinia Festival recording of Bernstein‘s MASS on PBS‘s Great Performances, we invite you to join us for this free panel.

Ravinia Cancels 2020 Season

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ravinia has canceled its 2020 season, a festival-issued statement announced this morning. The summer season was to feature more than 120 events, including concerts featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which takes its summer residency at the venerable, Chicago-area music festival. In the statement, Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kaufman says that after “lengthy …

Listening to the ‘L’: CTA-Centric Music from Classical to Hip-Hop

For many of us, the ‘L’ is more than just a means of getting around the city. It’s a social network, concert venue, observation deck, and roving reading room, uniting Chicago’s cosmopolitan mix over 224 miles of track. This Wednesday, WFMT’s sister station WTTW premieres Chicago By ‘L,’ hosted by resident curiosity-sater Geoffrey Baer. The program will explore the history …

A globetrotting new PBS series uses classical music to explore countries, cultures

“The goal of the show is very simple,” says the host of Now Hear This, violinist and conductor Scott Yoo. “To make sure that people try out classical music and give it a chance… If you want to get the most out of life, part of it is getting the most out of music.”

VIDEO | Aaron Copland appears on WTTW’s “John Callaway Interviews” in 1981

Enjoy this engaging two-part conversation between American composer Aaron Copland and John Calloway! This program of “John Calloway Interviews” aired on WFMT’s sister station, WTTW, on September 14, 1981. Copland discusses his introduction to music, his forays into composing Hollywood scores, his relationship with critics, and more in this hourlong interview.

Hear Us showcases 3 young classical musicians who defy boundaries in order to collaborate and perform

“A lot of people say ‘prodigy’ to me, because they think I am good. ‘The 15-year-old prodigy.’ If someone has talent, if someone is good at what they do, they say prodigy. Personally, I don’t think that’s fair. People don’t get what is behind that one hour that you’re on stage. They don’t get that to be on that stage, …

WWCI Names Sandra Cordova Micek as President & CEO

Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW and WFMT, announced Thursday it has hired a new president and CEO. WWCI’s Board of Trustees selected Sandra Cordova Micek, a senior marketing executive with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, to serve as its new president and CEO beginning May 1. “This is an exciting time for WTTW and WFMT …

From Polka to Mariachi, Discover Why Pilsen is One of Chicago’s Most Diverse Musical Melting Pots

If there’s any neighborhood in Chicago where a Czech swing orchestra and an Afro-Latin funk band can share a stage, it’s Pilsen. The neighborhood has been home to diverse music and musicians since its early history and today it remains a musical melting pot of traditions from around the world.

An Inside Look at the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends”

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends, presented by The Recording Academy and broadcast on Great Performances.