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Your Top 10 Favorite Symphonies


You voted, and we listened! For the last two weeks on Midday with Lisa Flynn, we have been counting down your Top 10 Favorite Symphonies that were paired with 10 Symphonic Discoveries more…

MusicNOW Series Serves Up Pizza, Beer, and Contemporary Music

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Is there a better way to start your week than with cold beer, hot pizza, and awesome music? On Monday, June 1, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s final MusicNOW concert of more…

Lock of Mozart’s hair going under the hammer at Sotheby’s

Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby's auction house in London, Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  The lock of hair is estimated to fetch 10,000 to 12,000 pounds ($15,383 to $18,459, euro14,109 to 16,931) as part of the Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts auction on Thursday May 28 in London.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Gallery assistant Sandra Handley poses for photographs with a lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket at the Sotheby’s auction house in London. (AP Photo/Matt more…

Producer, Host Jim Unrath Dies at 78


Jim Unrath,  a longtime WFMT program host and producer, died this past Sunday in Stockton, California of heart failure. He was 78 years old. Jim served at various times as more…

Music for Memorial Day: WWI Poets and Composers


  Baritone John Brancy, right, and pianist Peter Dugan, left (Photo: Elliot Mandel)   WFMT salutes those who serve our country by broadcasting a special concert: Shropshire Lads: World War I more…

QUIZ: Name That Symphonic Tune


Think you know the great symphonies? How about a round of Name That Tune, symphony style? See if you can guess each symphony by their famous themes or other special moments in their scores. Click one of the four multiple choice options below for each of the 10 questions to see if you’re a Symphonic Master or a Symphonic Slacker.

6 Sidesplitting Caricatures of Mahler Conducting


Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly more…

Florasonic in Bloom at Lincoln Park Conservatory


An audio sample of Round the creep of the wave line, by composers and musicians Boris Hauf and Keefe Jackson, the current Florasonic installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Anyone more…

Wilco Drummer Glenn Kotche Brings “Wild Sounds” to Classical Audiences


“Can this happen? Can we do it? Can the musicians actually construct instruments onstage and make music that I actually want to listen to? Can we transcend gimmick and theatricality more…

QUIZ: Which Symphonic Master Are you?

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Are you a revolutionary like Beethoven, or are you obsessive like Berlioz? Take this quiz to see which symphonic master you most resemble. And, tune in as we countdown to our listeners’ 10 top symphonies May 18 – May 29 on Midday with Lisa Flynn.