Summertime Means Ravinia
In an age where people get music like it’s HVAC, WFMT continues to buck the trend. Year-round on Mondays at 8:00 PM, WFMT does local music, and it’s good.
During the Summer months, weekly recitals in WFMT’s performance studio give way to the Ravinia Festival. There’s no shortage of great artists to be had, but Ravinia offers a more concentrated brew, like Peter Serkin, the Tokyo String Quartet and Patricia Racette. True, any of these performers can be found on iTunes or in the WFMT library, for that matter, but that’s not the same as hearing them before a live audience. In truth, Classical music may be the last genre in which the artists, for the most part, enjoy their success because they can do it live. The Ravinia Festival has taken that as a mandate to open the doors of its considerable facility to nurture the next generation; doing so through its summer conservatory, the Steans Institute of Music, which will also be showcased on WFMT.
On Monday, August 12, the Steans Institute celebrates 25 years with a vocal recital of its young artists giving world-premiere performances of songs written for the anniversary by American composers including Jake Heggie, Aaron Jay Kernis, Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra, and Augusta Read Thomas. The recital will be broadcast live on WFMT, starting at 8:00 PM.