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Conductor Lorin Maazel Dead at 84


Orchestral musicians, opera singers, and fans around the world are mourning the loss of American conductor Lorin Maazel. He died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Castleton, Virginia, where the festival he founded is in full swing.

La Marseillaise, The Beatles to the Bastille


Arrangements and send-ups of “La Marseillaise” range from Stravinsky to Monty Python. Film critic Roger Ebert listed the singing of “La Marseillaise” in “Casablanca” as one of the “100 Great Movie Moments.” How many incarnations can you name?

Canadian Pianist/Radio Host, Monday from Ravinia

Alain Lefevre

You may have caught Alain Lefèvre on WFMT’s Impromptu. He’s not only a whiz at the keyboard, but on the broadcast board as well. The French-Canadian pianist and composer is passionate about music: playing music, talking about music, and working as an advocate for music with educators, broadcasters

Are Your Ears Thirsty? Q and A with Seth Boustead

Seth Boustead at the Thirsty Ear Festival 2013

WFMT and Seth Boustead of Relevant Tones present the 2014 Thirsty Ear Festival, Saturday, July 12 at the City Winery.
“The name comes from a friend of mine who was talking about an event he went to years ago and he said of the audience, “they were incredible, they had such thirsty ears.” I thought it was a funny and imaginative way to describe people open to new sounds”

Haymarket Opera, Monarchy, a Brutal Crime

Lucretia et Tarquinius, by Johann Peter Pichler, Austrian 1792

[Live broadcast, Tuesday at 5:45 pm] He was a prince. She was the governor’s wife. He went to stay at her house. What happened next toppled a monarchy and inspired over two thousand years of stories, art, and music. The king’s son Sextus Tarquinius waited until all were asleep before creeping into the bedchamber of the virtuous Lucretia.

Ravinia’s Back! Hear Concerts Every Monday


Monday at 8:00 pm Each summer, the Monday night series Live from WFMT takes a vacation so that WFMT can bring you concerts from the Ravinia Festival. Monday’s broadcast features more…

Free Recital Downtown, Chamber Concert at Ravinia

Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein

Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein returns to Chicago this week for two performances. At lunchtime on Wednesday, he is the featured artist at the annual Al Booth celebration at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. On Wednesday evening, he joins artists from the Steans Institute to perform Mozart and Brahms.

Goldstein appeared at the Ravinia Festival last summer alongside Leon Fleischer

The Fourth of July: Things You Might Not Know


Before you haul that cooler over to the neighbors’ cookout, have a look at this primer on Fourth of July facts. You’ll be prepared for conversations about everything from Sam Adams to The Simpsons to fireworks to Sousa.

Web Exclusive: Grant Park’s Christopher Bell, Conducting on the 4th

Grant Park Music Festival's Christopher Bell

It’s become one of Chicago’s most hallowed 4th of July traditions: the Grant Park Orchestra’s Independence Day Salute. WFMT’s live broadcast of that concert draws one of the largest audiences of the year. In recent years, the honor of presenting that concert has fallen on the baton of Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell, who has much to say about this tradition.

National Anthem Played by Lyric Violist – at Her Own Swearing-In [video]

Carol Cook

For years she stacked her schedule, taking few vacation days and cataloging the printed program of every performance. This “alien of extraordinary ability” was Carol Cook, the principal viola of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. On Monday, July 22, 2013, she became an American.