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QUIZ: Match the Film to the Score


How well do you know movie music? Listen to the excerpts from the following famous film scores, and see if you can match the music to the correct movie.

Classical Music’s Most Memorable Moments on Sesame Street


Whether teaching the ABCs or addressing decidedly more grown-up topics, Sesame Street has expanded children’s minds and hearts since its debut nearly fifty years ago. Many musicians have visited Sesame Street, introducing people of all ages to great music. There have been many inspiring musical moments on Sesame Street, but here are some of WFMT’s favorites!

These Photoshopped Pictures of Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde Will Make You Literally LOL


Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, but with her sense of humor. When Goerke posted a production photo from the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Siegfried, in which she plays the role more…

Dance Day on WFMT


Friday, January 29, 2016 WFMT presents an all-day celebration of music and the cross-cultural language of dance.  We’ll hear from dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers who have created or participated in dance performances, and the music that inspired their craft. Here are some of the artists and music you’ll be hearing today. Dame Margot Fonteyn’s more…

New Opera Exposes Horrors of My Lai Massacre


“The story of Hugh Thompson in My Lai and the opposition of the Vietnam War is what led me from high school into adulthood,” said Jonathan Berger, composer and professor at Stanford University. Over forty years later, Berger composed an operatic monodrama, “My Lai,” that follows Hugh Thompson’s story in various snapshots, from the horrific day in My Lai to reflective moments throughout his life.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the Lute, But Were Afraid To Ask – with Paul O’Dette


Paul O’Dette is one of the most sought-after lute players in the world. In addition to being an active soloist, O’Dette is the co-artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, teaches at the Eastman School of Music, and records extensively, with credits on over 120 albums. His recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfer won the more…

How Stevie Wonder’s Hit Songs Got to Chicago’s Symphony Center


Because the names Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner are inscribed on the façade of Symphony Center, it may come as a surprise to some that the music of Stevie Wonder will pour out of Orchestra Hall this weekend. The reason? Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) return to Chicago for more…

The True Origins of Gershwin’s “Summertime”

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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

“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 more…

CSO Violist Li-Kuo Chang Checks in From China

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Li-Kuo Chang, Assistant Principal Viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, joined WFMT’s Carl Grapentine today from his hometown of Shanghai, China, where the CSO is playing concerts as part of their Asia tour.  

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 more…