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Composer with Chicago Roots Encounters Controversy at Carnegie


Composer and former-Chicagoan Jonas Tarm was shocked to learn that his piece “Marsh u Nebuttya” commissioned for the New York Youth Symphony will not be performed as scheduled on Sunday, March 8th at Carnegie Hall. The nine-minute piece, which means “March to Oblivion” in Ukrainian, includes a musical quotation of “Horst-Wessel-Lied,” the Nazi party anthem. more…

PianoForte Salon Series Live: Pianist Weiwen Ma

Weiwen Ma

Friday, March 6 at 12:00 pm Hear a special birthday tribute to composer Frédéric Chopin, as award-winning young pianist Weiwen Ma plays his Polonaise in F sharp minor op.44, a selection of his Etudes and Mazurkas, and Scherzo No.4 in E Major op.54. Weiwen is a native of Shanghai, China. The PianoForte Salon Series is more…

Backstage with J’nai Bridges @ the Lyric Opera of Chicago

J'nai Bridges

J’nai Bridges shared some exciting news with WFMT in her dressing room at the Lyric Opera of Chicago before a performance of “The Passenger.” In the opera, Bridges portrays Vlasta, a Czech Jew imprisoned in Auschwitz. The mezzo-soprano explains why she is passionate about this production and what’s coming up next for her. If you more…

The New York Philharmonic This Week: Honoring Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 pm Lorin Maazel (1930-2014) was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 through 2009. Tonight, join us as the Philharmonic pays tribute to the distinguished conductor and composer in this birthday retrospective which will include works by Beethoven, Berg, Respighi, Mahler, and Lutoslawski, as well as one of more…

WFMT Remembers Susan Bohlin

Su B

It is with profound sadness and a deep and personal sense of loss that I have to share the news that our beloved Continuity Director and Copywriter, Susan Bohlin, passed away this morning after a long and valiant struggle. Throughout it all she consistently demonstrated grace, patience and up until just several weeks ago looked

San Francisco Symphony in Concert

Jonathan Vinocour

Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 pm Kirill Karabits conducts the San Francisco Symphony in this concert with violinist Alexander Barantschik and violist Jonathan Vinocour. The program includes Honegger’s Pacific 231, Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto, Sibelius’ Symphony #2, and an encore of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #2.

What’s in a Key?

Paolo Pietropaolo, host of Signature Series.

The Signature Series comes to WFMT  “The key signatures of music are kind of like the signs of the zodiac,” explains Paolo Pietropaolo. “If you take all the music in a given key, you’ll discover certain characteristics,” just as people born under certain signs of the zodiac are thought to share similar personality traits. From more…

Live Long and Prosper: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

WFMT remembers the distinguished actor, director, and author, Leonard Nimoy, who joined Lisa Flynn in 2008 to share music and memories. This rebroadcast was produced by Louise Frank.

Ryan Opera Center Recital Series: Voices of the Persecuted

Craig Terry

Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm (repeats Sunday, March 8 at 11:00 pm) This month’s Ryan Opera Center recital will feature works by Srul Irving Glick, Viktor Ullmann, and an aria from Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, being presented at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performing in this recital, recorded in WFMT’s Levin Studio: Julie Miller, more…

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer

Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 pm Hear Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos featuring soloists from the orchestra and conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, who also plays harpsichord. Recorded at Symphony Center last November. From the CSO’s website about this performance: “Among Bach’s most beloved and celebrated works, his six Brandenburg Concertos demonstrate some of the most daring and innovative more…