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Two for Tuesday: Guest Hosts Come to WFMT

Anne Akiko Meyers and Leonard Slatkin

It’s always special to have company, but doing it twice in one day makes it feel like a holiday. On Tuesday WFMT welcomes two distinguished American artists—coincidentally both are from southern California; both studied at Indiana; and both studied at Juilliard. Leonard Slatkin and Anne Akiko Meyers are in Chicago to perform

From the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

Interfaith Liturgical concert

Jerusalem—a city that always has been defined by two narratives: religious and political. Palestinians, Christians, and Jews, all religious to varying degrees, or not religious at all, comprise the city’s citizenry of some 800,000. While the peoples of these communities all live closely together in a geographical sense, each community lives a separate emotional life, either by choice or mandate or custom

Theo Bickel and The Passover Story

The Praying Jew, Rabbi of Vitebsk by Marc Chagall

Theodore Bickel was being modest when he said, “Professionally, I can count three or four separate existences.” He’s played Carnegie Hall as a folk singer, he created the role of Captain von Trapp in the Broadway premiere of The Sound of Music, and has played the role of Tevye more than 2,000 times in Fiddler on the Roof; he has a film career spanning 50 years

About the St. Matthew Passion


Q. What did Felix Mendelssohn have to do with the St. Matthew Passion? Read on.

The history—and the mysteries—of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion are endless. It was written in 1727. One hundred years later, it was all but forgotten. Bill McGlaughlin offers a few words about what’s been called one of the greatest works ever written.

The New York Phil’s Nielsen Redux

Carl Nielsen

There are two more videos of New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert making his case for the underrepresented Dane—Nielsen goes down easy, as far as 20th century composers go; his vibrant orchestral colors, and earthy Romanticism align him with the likes of Sibelius or Rachmaninoff

Hess Concert: Practicing (Hopefully) What He Preaches

Evan Mitchell

Wednesday’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts artist has an interesting and risky side business. See what pianist Evan Mitchell has to say about Lang Lang and conductor Jaap van Zweden.

Tuesday’s Opera Special

WFMT's Peter van de Graaff

If you’re like most opera fans—you started listening to opera after World War I—you may be less familiar with the works of the Frenchman, Jules Massenet. Peter van de Graaff, one of WFMT’s biggest authorities on all things opera means to change that.

On Tuesday, in a special

Our Bassist Desires: Live at Lunchtime

Seth Boustead

On Tuesday at 1:00 pm, feast on the range and the great groove that only a bass can provide with University of Illinois faculty bassist John Floeter. He’ll warm up the room with a little Mozart and Rossini, and then shift gears into an upbeat and vibrant quartet by WFMT’s own composer-in-residence

What’s New: Composer Anna Clyne

CSO composer-in-residence Anna Clyne

The New Music scene is a parallel universe. A number of musicians have their feet in both, but the audiences can be pretty different; tapping into the contemporary music scene, whether it’s with beer and pizza, or strobes and house music, has been the mandate of these composers-in-residence; bringing a contemporary edge to the culture

Bill McGlaughlin: Pride and the Power of Music


The whole debacle was at once a blemish—a shameful legacy—and a source of enormous pride. A gifted American opera singer, a contralto named Marian Anderson, performed at the Paris Opera in 1935; she gave her Carnegie Hall debut later that year, and performed before audiences and royalty throughout Europe. The scandal erupted when the Daughters of the American Revolution barred Ms. Anderson from singing in Constitution Hall