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Arts Month

Each Friday during January 2016, WFMT is exploring connections among music and her sister arts.

January 8, Visual Art
When you visit your favorite museums, have you ever wondered, “What would that painting sound like?” Hear the sounds that made Degas’s ballerinas dance, learn how Watteau and Rameau captured the jouissance of the French baroque, and enjoy interviews with Chicago’s leading museum curators.

January 15, Literature
Great literature has inspired so much great music over the centuries. Hear your favorite works inspired by your favorite authors, as well as interviews from our archives with Truman Capote, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Carl Sandburg, and more.

January 22, Theater Day
If all the world’s a stage, the stage is definitely better with music! All day, hear music inspired by authors from Sophocles to Shakespeare, music for the theater by composers from Beethoven to Bernstein, and interviews with some of Chicago’s leading theater practitioners.

January 29, Dance Day
Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and those who have dedicated their lives to dance introduce music that has been important to them, including choreographers Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, and Jessica Lange, ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, and members of Chicago’s vibrant dance community.

  • 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

    The True Origins of Gershwin’s “Summertime”

    “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 “Summertime” nor the lyrics are by George Gershwin? First, let’s start with the lyrics. Porgy and Bess is based upon the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward. Published ...

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    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 of the Joseph Jefferson Award, Laurence Olivier Award, and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Recently she has directed the musical Sense and Sensibility ...

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    We Asked Kids To Write Short Stories Inspired by Classical Music And The Results Were Amazing

    Literature has inspired many great pieces of music over the centuries. We wanted to know what great literature newcomers to classical music would write. So we asked the young folks at 826CHI, a Chicago non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository writing skills, to stretch their imaginations with a different kind of ...

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    Mystery Writer Sara Paretsky’s 5 Favorite Pieces of “Mysterious” Classical Music

    Chicago-based writer Sara Paretsky is known for her crime and detective novels, particularly her series about the fictional private investigator V.I. Warshawski. Paretsky, a longtime fan of classical music, continues to incorporate elements of music in her novels. Here are her favorite pieces of classical music that have an air of mystery about ...

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    Blair Tindall, Author of “Mozart in the Jungle,” on Her Best-Selling Book and the Hit TV Series

    Blair Tindall’s book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, shocked readers a decade ago when it exposed some of the low points of high culture. Written largely from the author’s own experiences as a freelance oboist in New York, the book has inspired Amazon’s new series Mozart in the Jungle. The series garnered ...

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    Sono Osato, 96, Reflects on Dancing With the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

    “I think I am one of the few American dancers who ever saw the Diaghilev ballet at the peak of its glory,” Sono Osato begins her autobiography Distant Dances. At the ripe age of 14, Osato became the first American dancer to join the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, derived from Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. With ...

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    Twyla Tharp’s Top 10 Tunes in 50 Years of Dance

    At age 74, choreographer Twyla Tharp is touring around the United States on her 50th-anniversary tour with Twyla Tharp Dance. She is perhaps the most widely-recognized name in modern dance because of the incredible impact she has had in the field over five decades. Tharp reflected on her 50 years as a professional dancer and ...

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    5 Women on Being Modern Women in Dance

    The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, and Pam Tanowitz, Crystal Pite. I spoke with women from each of the five companies on the program about women’s roles in dance, both as ...

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    The Brush Is Mightier Than The Sword: Kerry James Marshall On Art, Music for Social Change

    On a rainy Monday, I arrived at Kerry James Marshall’s studio dripping wet – not exactly how I envisioned meeting one of my favorite living artists. And he isn’t just any artist. He’s a MacArthur Genius! His paintings were just featured in the Central Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

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

    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.

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