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, …