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Poet Tyehimba Jess Honors Sissieretta Jones, First African American to Perform at Carnegie Hall


PoetryNow is a new series of short radio pieces co-produced with the Poetry Foundation that features some of today’s most innovative poets reading and sharing insights on a new poem. more…

This Video of Leontyne Price Singing “This Little Light of Mine” Will Totally Brighten Up Your Day

ca. 1963 --- Portrait of opera singer and soprano Leontyne Price in 1963. --- Image by © Marvin Koner/CORBIS

Sometimes all you need to brighten up your day is a little music. American soprano Leontyne Price is certain to shine a little light on you with her performance of more…

Singer Lila Downs Serves “Bullets and Chocolate” at Chicago’s Symphony Center

Singer Lila Downs in the cover art for her new album, "Balas y Chocolate" ("Bullets and Chocolate")

Chocolate goes with almost anything. But bullets? Singer Lila Downs explores the dark side of chocolate in her new song, “Balas y Chocolate” (“Bullets and Chocolate”), and album of the more…

Philip Glass: “What’s Most Misunderstood About My Music”


Philip Glass is simultaneously one of the best known and most misunderstood composers of our time. Though he has many fans, he also has many critics. When Donal Henahan was more…

QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Music Composed by J.S. Bach and His Son, J.C.F. Bach?


See if you can tell the difference between music composed by J.S. Bach and his son, the lesser-known J.C.F. Bach. In this quiz, listen excerpts of works, then choose which Bach composed the piece.

Symphonic Tribute to David Bowie Headlines Glastonbury Festival This Weekend

David Bowie

The Glastonbury Festival, a five day arts festival held in the English countryside, has announced that it will honor recently deceased pop star David Bowie with a classical tribute on more…

Jane Lynch: “Music is the great equalizer”

Jane Lynch (Photo: Jake Bailey)

“I never set out to be a singer,” Jane Lynch confessed over a cup of chamomile tea in a Chicago café, “but I love singing. I’ve always loved singing. I’m more…

Grant Park Music Festival Opening Night Concert 2016


In Chicago, it’s not summer until the Grant Park Musical Festival gives its opening night concert. The Festival is the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series, and WFMT is proud to more…

7 Summer Festivals in the Midwest That Every Classical Music Lover Should Visit


One of the best parts about summer is attending music festivals! While the coasts boast many music festivals, the Midwest is host to some of the oldest music festivals in more…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Honors Conductor Fritz Reiner with Bust at Symphony Center


When visiting Chicago’s Symphony Center, audiences expect to experience great music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Now, they can also experience a new piece of visual art. On Tuesday, June more…