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American Music Week

What if Nina Simone Were a Classical Pianist?

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Did you know that before Nina Simone became one of America’s most iconic jazz musicians that she wanted to have a career as a classical pianist? With the release of more…

QUIZ: Can We Guess What Broadway Show You Should Star In?

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Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights on the Big White Way? With the 69th Annual Tony Awards coming up just around the corner, take this quiz to see if we can guess what Tony Award winning Broadway musical YOU should star in.

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

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“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…

Hecht’s 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago Gets New Life as Musical Radio Play

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On April 6, 2015, at 8:00 pm Central on  Live from WFMT, listeners can catch a sneak peek at a new radio play, 1,000 Afternoons in Chicago, developed by composers Seth Boustead and more…

Laurie Anderson on Technology, the Afterlife, and Growing up in Illinois

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Ground breaking musician, composer, and performance artist Laurie Anderson comes to Chicago for a concert at the Harris Theater on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She is joined by the award winning Kronos more…

A Sneak Peek at Chicago Composer Eric Malmquist’s Latest Score

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The International Chamber Artists led by pianist Patrick Godon stop by the studio Monday March 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm to perform a program of works by Poulenc, Beethoven, Paul Schoenfield, and more…

Composer with Chicago Roots Encounters Controversy at Carnegie

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Composer and former-Chicagoan Jonas Tarm was shocked to learn that his piece “Marsh u Nebuttya” commissioned for the New York Youth Symphony will not be performed as scheduled on Sunday, more…