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Chanukah Special


Today Chanukah is one of the most beloved holidays, observed by Jewish communities throughout the world. Sample the rich, international traditions of music and the spoken word, including a reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel

Thankful for Music?


Did you know that every Thanksgiving, WFMT management provides a turkey dinner for the people who keep us on the air? Most holidays involve some combination of music and food. Of all of them, Thanksgiving is less specific to music, but we’re betting most people listen anyway

Festival of Lights on WFMT


For over two thousand years, Jews have remained a people of faith, carrying across the globe a rich, distinct, and ancient heritage. Starting Wednesday just after sundown, WFMT brings you Eight Nights of Chanukah

LP Duo at UIC Today

LP Duo, Sonja Loncar and Andrija Pavlovic

Double album? Lincoln Park? Or how about Linkin Park? No, if you haven’t otherwise heard of the LP Duo, they’ve become a force on the new music scene in Eastern more…

Exploring Music: Camille Saint-Saens


Weekdays at 7:00 PM   Camille Saint-Saens has enchanted generations of young people with his Carnival of the Animals. In the English-speaking world, the magic was magnified by a charming more…

WFMT Flashback: Announcing an Assassination


As people around the world remember where they were, what they were doing the moment they heard the news of Kennedy’s assassination, one Englishman, our WFMT colleague Jon Tolansky offered more…

Jane Glover Remembers Britten

Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque

Benjamin Britten wrote an enormous amount of music for children; and wrote beautifully for children’s voices. Imagine Music of the Baroque’s Jane Glover as a teen, having already exhibited to more…

Lamentations for JFK

Official White House portrait

Marking a somber occasion like the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is challenging. Unlike a WW II anniversary: scented by anthems, cloaked in victory, and animated by more…

Benjamin Britten, Hear the Documentary

Benjamin Britten

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, WFMT commissioned a documentary on his life and music by one who played for the composer, producer Jon Tolansky. The two-hour program offers commentary by musicians for whom Britten’s music was written, and by those who perform his works today

No Abridged Verdi

Party scene from "La traviata"; photo by Todd Rosenberg

When Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its production of La traviata on Wednesday evening, there will be music that has never been heard in that opera house before. In its thirteen previous runs at Lyric Opera, starting with the inaugural season in 1954, La traviata has always been staged with cuts to the score. There’s been a resurgence of interest