Hello WFMT listeners. Beginning on Monday, March 30th, I’ll be your new host on 98.7 from 3pm to 7pm, playing your classical favorites and mixing things up a little bit.
By way of introduction, I’m a former classical singer, trained at Oberlin, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. I’ve been in radio for longer than I’ll admit to in public, and I happen to think that classical music may just be the greatest invention of the human mind. I also love fishing, swimming, and BBQ, but we’ll talk more about all that in the weeks to come.
I can’t wait to get started on the air, but first I need a little help from you.
You see, I just moved from New York, and I don’t know so much about the musical landscape of Chicago. I’ve been to the Lyric Opera of Chicago a couple of times, and of course I’m familiar with the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra (oh, that amazing recording of the Schumann Concert Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra, among many others!), but I’m counting on you to tell me where to go for the best music of all kinds in Chi-Town. What are your favorite chamber groups, choruses, and venues? Where do I go for authentic Chicago Jazz and Blues? What about clubs that present music that defies categorization, or bars where you might hear an aria or two? Who are the top local musicians?
Don’t be shy now. I want to hear from you, either by commenting on this blog or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be my musical guide to Chicago as I’m settling in. Bring it on!