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Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

Summers in Grant Park

Principal Conductor, Carlos Kalmar, photo by Norman Timonera

It’s time to grab your lawn chairs and picnic baskets—or not; the seats are ample, and so are the food vendors—the Grant Park Orchestra opens tonight with principal conductor Carlos Kalmar on the podium for Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony

Bruno Bartoletti (June 10, 1926 – June 9, 2013)


Bruno Bartoletti, longtime conductor and artistic director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, died Sunday in Florence, Italy, just one day before his 87th birthday. Bartoletti first conducted there in 1956 at the age of 30; Lyric was a fledgling company of two years when founder Carol Fox required a replacement conductor

Fulcrum Point and David Schrader During Rush Hour

Trumpeter and Fulcrum Point founder, Stephen Burns

Stephen Burns founded Fulcrum Point in 1998 to present new music in daring and imaginative ways. Over the years the ensemble has incorporated many art forms including film, movement, theater, visual art—essentially creating a fulcrum for artists, musicians, dancers

Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song

Patrice Michaels

This week, Live from WFMT welcomes Patrice Michaels and friends for a program that explores the synergies between Classical and jazz. Patrice will perform a number of songs, and chat with Kerry Frumkin about her longtime love of jazz, and its influence on her life as a Classical performer.

A Farewell to George Preston

George Preston

It is with great pride and sadness that the staff of WFMT says good-bye to our friend and colleague George Preston. George joined our staff in March of 2009. He leaves to take a position as General Manager at KCME in Colorado Springs. Off-mic, George has brought good cheer, friendship, and the highest level of professionalism. On-mic, he has been a fixture in the lives of our afternoon audience

A Night at the Opera?

Comedian Timothy Sniffen, photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Second City and Lyric Opera of Chicago are at it again, and the creative sparks are flying. Everyone in comedy knows that opera jokes are guaranteed for laughs; but truth be told, no one laughs at opera more than the opera singers. Call it office humor

North Shore Chamber Fest presents Pärt and Schubert

Composer Arvo Pärt

Friday evening, WFMT continues its coverage of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival. Tonight’s program includes an excellent line-up of musicians for Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, a clarinet quintet by Weber, and a work from 1992 by Arvo Pärt

Postcards from Russia – The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Sasha Waltz

Seeing and hearing Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps, The Rite of Spring, at the Mariinsky II with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra was a once in a lifetime experience. In celebration of the centennial of the piece, choreographer Sasha Waltz created a new, modern production

Live Broadcast from the Northshore Chamber Music Festival

Angela Yoffe, Pianist and Executive Director

The North Shore Chamber Music Festival presents a top-notch flight of players. Wednesday’s broadcast includes music by Prokofiev, Glinka and Tchaikovsky. This will be the Chicago premiere of Prokofiev’s Toccata, Op.11