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Brahms at the Brink

Semyon Bychkov with Marielle Labeque, photo by Klaus Barisch

For biographer Jan Swafford, a picture of Brahms can only be compiled by absorbing every available detail about his life and music. Brahms did live to see the rising tide of anti-Semitism, and unchecked nationalism, combined with great advances in the technology of warfare

Prokofiev in Transition

Sergei Prokofiev

It’s been suggested that it was his return to the Soviet Union that prompted Prokofiev to reject the avant garde—as if he had immediately fallen under the thumb of Soviet hardliners, or worse, pandered to them

Chime-in: tell us what’s on your mind

Why do you like the music of Chopin? All month long, we are bringing live music and more from the International Chopin Piano Competition. We want to know, why do you like Chopin’s music?

Preview Today’s Rush Hour Concert

Marina Hoover, Jasmine Lin, Patricia Tao

Hear Trio Voce on this week’s Rush Hour Concert, Tuesday at 5:45 PM The three ladies who make up Trio Voce keep rigorous performance schedules which take them around the world, playing in quartets, soloing with orchestras and playing together as Trio Voce. On today’s Rush Hour concert, which will be broadcast live on WFMT more…

The End to Two Remarkable Seasons

Riccardo Muti dons #19, photo by Brian Kersey

Maestro Muti concluded the Chicago Symphony season at Symphony Center on Sunday with an impromptu speech from the stage saying the first thing he would do when his plane lands in Rome is to find out “if the Hawks won.”

Hear Matthew Hagle and the Beethoven Sonatas

Matthew Hagle, pianist

Playing all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas is essential repertoire for every classical pianist, but not every classical pianist would be asked to play them on live radio. Matthew Hagle has had a long relationship with WFMT, as a collaborator

Videos from Make Music Chicago

CSO musicians playing in the lobby of Symphony Center, photo by Cydne Gillard

This year there are concerts and events at 25 locations around the Chicago area. Every imaginable genre will be represented from Klezmer to Classical, African drumming to Sousa marches. Hear youth choirs, opera singers; blues, jazz, and folk musicians. Performers range from beginners to the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet. All events are free Related Post: more…

Brahms and Bartók on Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Johannes Brahms, around 1865

Scholars love to refer to Brahms as a classicist, Bartók as a modernist. Brahms did embrace classical forms at a time when composers like Wagner were exploring a freer style; at the same time, he was brilliant at setting up a formula, only to rip the rug out from under it

Make Music Chicago 2013


Around the world, “make music” is the theme for Friday, June 21st, the longest day of the year. Chicago is one of more than 500 cities participating in what is known as World Music Day. Chicago’s third annual Make Music Chicago runs city-wide and involves ensembles, music schools, universities, museums, The Lincoln Park Zoo, The more…

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite summer music memory?

What’s your favorite summer music memory? Summer begins (officially) this week, and Grant Park Music Festival, Ravinia, and summer street festivals are in full swing. Chime in and tell us your favorite story. We’ll be sharing listener stories all day today, Tuesday, June 18 on air.