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How One Man Designed the Most Musical Park in America


Chicago’s Millennium Park is one of the most popular parks in the United States, according to TripAdvisor. Part of the Park’s allure comes, no doubt, from the incredible amount of free music that more…

Chicago Sinfonetta Founder Paul Freeman Dead at 79


Paul Freeman, the founder of the Chicago Sinfonetta, is dead at age 79. The Sinfonetta announced Freeman’s death on its website, saying the conductor had been fighting several ailments in recent more…

12 Musical Works About “Food, Glorious Food”


Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, than put some whipped cream and a cherry on top of it.” Or, something to that effect… Good music and more…

Viennese Romanticism

Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata, Op. 5, performed by cellist Brant Taylor and pianist Kuang-Hao Huan.

WFMT’s Favorite Beach Reads

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There’s no better time than summer to grab a new book you’ve been aching to read, or to dust off an old book that’s been on your nightstand for ages. more…

Modern Opera for the Masses


Think modern opera is unmelodious or inaccessible? The next generations of opera stars is ready to prove you wrong. This Wednesday, three members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick more…

Who Played Bach Best? Vote for Your Favorite Cellist!


Love Bach? Love the cello? Vote now for your favorite performance of Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite # 1 in G. Every cellist, at some point in their career, embarks on the journey that is learning and performing the Bach Cello Suites. We’ve chosen recordings made by three different cellists to share with you to find out your favorite performance (of the three). Click to listen to each perform an excerpt from the Prelude, or tune to WFMT to hear the complete performances. Then, vote for your favorite!

Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces


The following is a list of ten pieces, each received well at the time of composition but fortune has not been so kind to over the years. Of course, there more…

Here and Now 2: A Spektral Sampler Pack

Music of Arvo Pärt and David Reminick performed by the Spektral Quartet.

Pianist Misha Dichter & Friends

Misha Dichter, piano Cipa Dichter, piano Mark Peskanov, violin Lawrence Dutton, viola Nicholas Canellakis, cello I – Music for piano duo (Misha and Cipa) Mozart: Sonata in F, K 497 more…