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September Highlights

Snap the Whip, by Winslow Homer

September is a month of transition for many; sweaters come out, kids go back to school, and musicians gear up for the new season. WFMT will be there to celebrate the perennial cultural life of Chicago.

Friday Feature: John Alden Carpenter

c. 1847 antique stroller, and inspiration for Carpenter's "Adventures in a Perambulator"

John Alden Carpenter’s musical education at Harvard was deeply rooted in 19th century European traditions. While in school he became thoroughly immersed in student life: he composed music for three “Hasty Pudding Shows,” a theatrical society at Harvard known for its burlesque cross-dressing

Orchestra on Steroids


According to the New York Philharmonic, it pays to use some imagination—or even a lot. They’ve had a long history of televised concerts going back to Bernstein and beyond, so it would be logical to create some performances, à la The Metropolitan Opera, for the silver screen—except for one consideration: these days, audiences have entirely different expectations of video

Retrospective 1963: MLK Speaks with WFMT’s Studs Terkel

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If he were to look in on us today, 50 years after speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have much to consider: in more…

On-Demand: Spektral and Avalon Quartets play Mendelssohn

Spektral Quartet

Preview–Spektral Quartet on Tuesday’s Rush Hour Concert–Two electrifying ensembles in one room: the Avalon and the Spektral Quartets came together for a WFMT Impromptu in May. They played the opening to the Mendelssohn Octet. Listen to it

Vengerov: An On and Off Relationship?

Maxim Vengerov

For those of us not born to rip through Tchaikovsky like a hot knife through butter, it’s painful to see a virtuoso walk away from an instrument. As a youth, Maxim Vengerov was a regular with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony; in his twenties he pulled the highest fees of any violinist, but at thirty-two, the Russian powerhouse stopped playing. There was much talk of burn-out

A Traffic Jam for Orchestra?

Composer and conductor Bramwell Tovey

With the wise-cracking, baton-wielding Bramwell Tovey, New Yorkers have come to expect a good time—there is something funny about a Brit conducting a 4th of July concert. Putting this particular quipster together with a great orchestra, a little Copland and a nice piece about a traffic jam

Listen, Download: The Fabled Bells of St. Petersburg

WFMT's Jesse McQuarters at the bell tower

Climbing any kind of tall ladder can be a seemingly death-defying ordeal for a 6’5″ radio producer with an embarrassingly high center of gravity. Clambering up a pencil-thin ladder at Vladimirskaya Cathedral, worn with countless decades of passage, into the bowels of a bell tower in St. Petersburg, then, must be an exercise in madness

See video: Bostridge on Britten

Tenor Ian Bostridge

The English language barrier: Benjamin Britten was a brilliant composer; he is also uniquely international. He pops up at La Scala, La Fenice and at the Mariinsky Theatre

Chicago Artists’ Day: Musicians Visit!

On Friday, August 23, from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, preview your favorite concert series as special guests from throughout the music community stop by the WFMT studios to chat about the season ahead. Click here to see the schedule and view concert information.