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Mezzo Jamie Barton Receives $50K Richard Tucker Award


Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton was just named the recipient of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, a prestigious honor conferred annually by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Called the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the award comes with a substantial prize of $50,000. Previous winners more…

All Your Favorites, All Day!


We’re playing all of your favorites, all day! During our Spring Membership Drive, we asked you, our supporters, to tell us your favorite pieces to play in a day of listener favorites. Because so many people requested Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, we will be playing each of the famous concerti throughout the day, beginning with more…

WFMT’s Top 10 Reads on World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day, a yearly event celebrated worldwide on April 23rd and organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Looking for a good read to celebrate World Book Day? We at WFMT have picked some of our favorite reads to share with you.

CSO’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations Bring Music to Young Audiences

CSO Family Matinee performances allow audiences to get up close and personal with the musicians and their instruments (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Though children today can access more multimedia entertainment than ever before, nothing can replace the original multimedia experience: attending a live performance. This spring, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with the Chicago Children’s Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance to present interdisciplinary programs for audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a seasoned concert goer, or can’t tell more…

VIDEO: Acrobatic Coloratura Takes “Der Hölle Rache” to New Heights


The Queen of the Night’s famous aria “Der Hölle Rache” (“The wrath of hell”) is not just one of the most popular pieces in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, it’s one of the most well-known works in all of classical music because it requires such impressive vocal acrobatics. Soprano Rainelle Krause has introduced another kind of acrobatics to her performance more…

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Soundscapes Evoke Iceland’s Otherworldly Terrain

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A country of volcanoes and glaciers, fjords and auroras, Iceland is one of the most remarkable places on earth. The country’s almost otherworldly landscapes have inspired Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s latest work, In the Light of Air, a commission created for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). ICE, hailed by the New York Times as “one of more…

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music


Julia Wolfe received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her composition “Anthracite Fields,” just announced at 3:00 pm EST. Judges described Wolfe’s work as a “powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century.” Julia Wolfe, born 1958, is an American composer who graduated from the more…

VIDEO: 7 of Frederica von Stade’s Favorite Memories


Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade shared some of her of favorite memories in a backstage interview at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, just after rehearsals for A Coffin in Egypt at Chicago Opera Theater. In A Coffin in Egypt, von Stade portrays an elderly woman who lives in Egypt, Texas, but who longs for her younger days traveling the world, including more…

VIDEO: French Jugglers Play Bach on Boomwhackers


Les Objects Volants, a French juggling company, has transformed one of the most popular pieces of classical music, the Prelude No. 1 in C major from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, using Boomwhackers. Les Objects Volants proves that Boomwhackers, musical tubes made to play certain pitches when they are struck, aren’t merely toys with their tour-de-force performance. Though many of more…

INFOGRAPHIC: The Great American Musical Moves to the Opera House


Carousel, currently running in a new production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of many American musicals popping up at opera houses around the globe. Before Lyric, the Glimmerglass Opera revived this classic work by Rodgers and Hammerstein during its 2014 festival season. During the same summer season, Susan Graham starred in a new production more…