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VOTE: What’s Your Favorite Violin Concerto?


WFMT is celebrating great violin concertos, and we need your help! Vote for your favorite here. Then middays starting August 15th, Lisa Flynn will play your 10 favorite violin concertos based on your votes, paired with a violin concerto you might not know.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Basic Music Theory?


How well do YOU know basic music theory? Test your skills with this quiz, which draws upon information you might learn in your first few semesters of music theory.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of World Music Showcase Presented by WTTW and Old Town School of Folk Music

Noura Mint Seymali

It’s no secret to Chicagoans that the Old Town School of Folk Music  offers diverse musical offerings.  WFMT’s sister station, WTTW, recently teamed up with the Old Town School to more…

How Chicagoland Native Stacey Magiera Landed Her Dream Job as a Cirque du Soleil Artist


What is your dream job? For Chicagoland native Stacey Magiera, it’s being a Cirque du Soleil artist. Magiera grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Jefferson Park and Barrington, training more…

Janni Younge Productions Reimagines Stravinsky’s “Firebird” by Blending Puppetry and Dance


Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird changed the history of dance when it premiered in Paris during the summer of 1910. It was the first ballet produced by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with more…

Poem of the Week: Ocean Vuong’s “Toy Boat” Reflects on the Tragic Death of 12-Year Old Tamir Rice


In this episode of PoetryNow, Ocean Vuong remembers Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy killed by police in Cleveland, OH in 2014. Tamir was seated on a swing in a more…

VIDEO: Lipizzaner Horses Dancing to Classical Music


Dressage is one of the most unique Olympic sports. Some horses, like the Lipizzaners at Tempel Farms, in Old Creek Mill, IL, turn the sport of dressage into an art. more…

VIDEO: LIVE Backstage with Conductor Marin Alsop


Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Grant Park Orchestra in three performances this week. She took time after her rehearsals in the Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago to speak to WFMT more…

15 Sopranos Singing One of the Craziest Coloratura Arias


One of the most difficult coloratura arias in the entire operatic repertoire, “Les oiseaux dans la charmille,” comes from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman (Les contes d’Hoffmann). The piece is more…

John Williams Greets “Star Wars” Musicians Outside Home

Composer John Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two musicians have earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from “Star Wars” outside of his Los Angeles home. more…