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Dance Day on WFMT


Friday, January 29, 2016 WFMT presents an all-day celebration of music and the cross-cultural language of dance.  We’ll hear from dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers who have created or participated more…

New Opera Exposes Horrors of My Lai Massacre


“The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, “My Lai,” that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the Lute, But Were Afraid To Ask – with Paul O’Dette


Paul O’Dette is one of the most sought-after lute players in the world. In addition to being an active soloist, O’Dette is the co-artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, teaches more…

How Stevie Wonder’s Hit Songs Got to Chicago’s Symphony Center


Because the names Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner are inscribed on the façade of Symphony Center, it may come as a surprise to some that the music of Stevie more…

The True Origins of Gershwin’s “Summertime”

11/14/14 2:15:21 PM 

Lyric Opera Presents
George Gershwin's 
Porgy and Bess
Eric Owens stars (Porgy)
Adina Aaron (Bess)
Jermaine Smith (Sportin' Life), 
Eric Greene (Crown), and 
Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (Clara)

 © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

“Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is doubtless one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook. But did you know that neither the tune to more…

CSO Violist Li-Kuo Chang Checks in From China

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Li-Kuo Chang, Assistant Principal Viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, joined WFMT’s Carl Grapentine today from his hometown of Shanghai, China, where the CSO is playing concerts as part of more…

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director, Shares her Favorite Theater Music


Have you ever wondered what music stage directors love? Barbara Gaines, founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, told us her favorite music for the theater. Gaines is the winner more…

5 Things For Music Lovers to Do in Chicago This Weekend


There’s always too much to see and do in Chicago. Below are five great performances you can see this weekend in Chicagoland. Which of these performances look the most exciting more…

Why DownBeat’s Jazz Artist of the Year, Vijay Iyer, Doesn’t Like the Word “Jazz”


DownBeat magazine gave Vijay Iyer the honors of Jazz Artist & Jazz Group of the Year in its 63rd Annual Critics Poll. But to Iyer, jazz is a bit of more…

Tech at the symphony: Boston orchestra loaning patrons iPads


BOSTON (AP) — A night at the symphony usually means silencing cellphones and mobile devices before the music starts. But as part of an effort to draw in a younger more…