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Classical Music Supporter Richard “Dick” Kiphart Dies at 75


Richard “Dick” Kiphart, a prominent and influential Chicago investment banker and philanthropist who was an active supporter of the city’s cultural life, died this past weekend at age 75. Kiphart more…

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VIDEO: Live Backstage with Pianist Stephen Hough

Pianist Stephen Hough (Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke)

Pianist Stephen Hough spoke with WFMT host Dave Schwan live before his upcoming performance with the Grant Park Music Festival on August 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm central. Hough is a highly regarded pianist, more…

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Poem of the Week: “Midnight Office” by Cynthia Cruz

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“I’ve been thinking more about the brokenness of the world, and also that a poem is a way of putting the brokenness together in a new way,” Cynthia Cruz said more…

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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.

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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…

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Poem of the Week: “Decoy Gang War Victim” by Carmen Giménez Smith


In this episode of PoetryNow, Carmen Giménez Smith reads a poem in response to a photograph by the 1970s East Los Angeles art collective Asco. “There’s a young Chicano lying more…

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Here’s What You Packed In Your Picnics For Tonight’s Grant Park Music Festival Concert, July 15, 2016


The Grant Park Music Festival isn’t just an opportunity to hear great live music – it’s a chance to gather together with family and friends to share fun and food. more…

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Poem of the Week: francine j. harris’s “gravity furnace” Explores Destruction in Modern-Day Detroit

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“I feel like people have this impression that if you live in Detroit you might live in an abandoned house,” said poet francine j. harris. “This is the image. If you more…

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Chicago Critic John von Rhein on the State of the Arts, Building New Audiences for Classical Music


While the classical music scene in Chicago doesn’t really slow down during the summer, with the Grant Park Music, Ravinia, and other festivals well under way, the main cultural season more…

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Photos From Tonight’s Grant Park Music Festival Concert – June 29, 2016


Is there a better way to end a beautiful summer day than with beautiful music in the park? For tonight’s concert, thousands came to Chicago’s Millennium Park to hear an more…

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