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5 Dogs That Really Dig Debussy V●ᴥ●V


Claude Debussy is doubtless one of the most popular composers among classical music lovers today. But it turns out humans aren’t the only ones who dig Debussy. Dogs can’t seem more…

VOTE: What Do YOU Want in a WFMT Residency?


WFMT invited classical artists, ensembles, and presenting organizations to apply for a three-to-four-month residency with WFMT. Vote on which ideas some of our finalists presented below to tell us what YOU want to experience from the two finalists we select.

3 Latino “Mozarts” Classical Music Lovers Should Know


There are three Latino composers who have often been compared to Mozart. Two of them were called “Mozarts” by their contemporaries:  Chevalier de Saint Georges, born in the French-Caribbean island of more…

So Opera Isn’t “All Greek” to Young Audiences, Lyric Unlimited Premieres “Jason and the Argonauts”


“Art for young audiences doesn’t have to be dumbed down in any way,” playwright and librettist Kathryn Walat said as she prepares for the premiere of her new opera, Jason more…

10th Annual Chicago Dancing Festival Presents 5 Days of Free Dance Performances


Taking a family to a live performance can be an expensive affair. But you don’t need to shell out big bucks to see great dance in Chicago, thanks to the more…

Should Classical Concerts Be Shorter to Attract New Audiences? Pianist Stephen Hough Thinks So…

Pianist Stephen Hough (Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke)

If you love classical music and have a connection to the internet, you’ve doubtless read more than a handful of think pieces about either a) the death of classical music, more…

Chicago Latino Music Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up


If there’s one thing Chicagoans love, it’s festivals. The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival just announced its lineup for 2016. Between September 8 – December 1, the Festival will present more…

Hear Kirill Gerstein Play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 the Way Tchaikovsky Intended


Pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor the way the composer originally intended at the Grant Park Music Festival on August 12, 2016.  This version has not more…

QUIZ: Match the Anthem to the Nation


For many countries, music can be an important part of national identity. Especially when it comes to national anthems! Listen to the excerpts from 10 different national anthems from around the world, and see if you can match which nation it belongs to.

20 Times Classical Musicians Got #PhelpsFace


The famous face Michael Phelps made at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is one that musicians know all too well. Here are 20 times classical musicians got #PhelpsFace.