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Lyric Opera Unveils 60th Anniversary Season

Lyric's Anthony Freud and Sir Andrew Davis

On a frigid Monday morning, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2014-2015 season, the company’s diamond jubilee. Sir Andrew Davis and Lyric general director Anthony Freud held court for a roomful of press, introducing next year’s schedule

In Loving Memory


All of us at WFMT are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of Deborah Sobol’s passing. Debbie was a relentless advocate for classical music, epitomized most recently in her creation of the free and hugely successful Rush Hour Concerts from St. James Cathedral, a series of summer concerts broadcast

Mozart, in the Artists’ Words

painting of Mozart as child prodigy

Care to brush up on your Mozart? Or maybe one-up that know it all who corners you at intermission? Check out these insights from some of music’s best minds as they muse about the works of Salzburg’s favorite son; also hear what Mozart’s own father had to say, in a letter to his son read

Classical Grammy Award-Winners

Winner: Best Orchestral Performance; Osmo Vanska, former music director of the embattled Minnesota Orchestra

There were many worthy nominees–as far as WFMT is concerned, they’re all winners. See which Classical performers, and composers went home with trophies on Sunday night, from the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

Chicagoan Heads to Grammys

Rachel Barton Pine

Early in her career Rachel Barton Pine looked at the prescribed life of a violin virtuoso and decided to take a hard left. Though she does play the standards as more…

Grammy Focus: A Cantata on the Diary of Anne Frank

The Lincoln Trio

Grammy-nominees, the Lincoln Trio, will apparently not be leaving their home base in Chicago to attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles; on Sunday, the day of the awards, they’ll be giving a free concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, performing with students in a Sejong Cultural Society presentation. It is exactly that spirit, reaching out to

Mozart Monday on WFMT

Mozart Cake

WFMT celebrates Mozart’s birthday with…what else? Mozart. Born January 27, 1756, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart became one of the greatest composers ever to live. It would be difficult for more…

Enthusiasts Flock to Beethoven Course


Hear The New Releases on Sundays at 10:00 AM   You can join 40,000 Beethoven fans who have signed up for an online class covering the 32 piano sonatas. The more…

A Salute to New York Concertmaster

Glenn Dicterow

New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow gets to share the spotlight (or hot seat) on Thursday’s broadcast of the New York Philharmonic when they perform Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss. He comments, “That’s one way to get one’s feet wet: trial by fire.

Elgar in WWI


By 1915, the bulk of Edward Elgar’s success was behind him; Europe was on a path to self-destruction; and music had taken a sharp turn toward modernism—a ride he wasn’t more…