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Hear the Infernal Sounds of H.P. Lovecraft


    The stories of H.P. Lovecraft, one of horror fiction’s forefathers, have influenced artists in all disciplines from authors like Stephen King and Jorge Luis Borges to film directors like Guillermo Del Toro and John Carpenter. But, did you know that Lovecraft has also inspired composers? Composer Ryan Ingebritsen is gearing up for the more…

10 Facts About Bach’s Coffee Opera You Need to Know


Yup, that’s right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here’s some facts about Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and how the piece came to be about.

With 3 operas on 1 night, which do you pick?


When three opera companies in one city all open their seasons on the same night, which opera do you attend? On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Fringe Opera opened their seasons, performing The Marriage of Figaro, Lucio Silla, and The Turn of the Screw respectively. With two more…

Your Soundtrack for the Supermoon Eclipse


Tonight we’ll experience a serendipitous celestial spectacle: a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse!
As you’re watching the skies, you need a little night music for the perfect soundtrack. Check out this list of moon music: some are well known classics, others are almost as rare as a supermoon eclipse!

Video: Learn to Breakdance to Bach in 90 Seconds

Yamine Manaa aka Spider and Yui Kawaguchi pose for a portrait at the Red Bull Flying Bach in Torino, Italy, on Oct 05th, 2012

Think Bach and breakdancing don’t go together? Think again. The Flying Steps bring together breakdancing, or b-boying, with Bach in their latest show, Flying Bach. Watch to learn some new moves in under 90 seconds for the next time you listen to the “Well-Tempered Clavier”

More Than Mariachi: Ballet Folklórico Celebrates Mexico’s Diverse Culture


The Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, a national treasure of Mexico, comes to Chicago for select performances this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre. I spoke to Salvador Lopez, the Ballet’s director and the grandson of the company’s founder Amalia Hernández, by phone from Mexico to learn more about the company and the program.

Quiz – What Mozart Opera Are You?


Mozart wrote 22 operas before he died at age 35. His works for the stage are as diverse as people, each with their own unique personalities. Find out what Mozart opera YOU are in this quiz, and don’t forget to share your result!

Video: Justice Ginsburg on the Death Penalty and Opera


What does opera have to do with the death penalty? Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, came to WFMT, Chicago’s fine arts and classical radio station, to explain. Ginsburg shared her lifelong passion for opera as a guest host on WFMT’s Middays with Lisa Flynn and Impromptu Monday, more…

Opera Lover Justice Ginsburg Visits WFMT in Chicago


In the “Seguidilla” from Bizet’s Carmen, the title character convinces her captor, Don José, to set her free. Most in the audience are swept up in Carmen’s siren song. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg, opera lover and Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States, hears this scene as “opera’s most famous plea bargain.” On Monday, more…

Historic CSO Broadcast Live from Millennium Park

9/19/10 6:07:38 PM  Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the Concert for Chicago in Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. ©Todd Rosenberg Photography

WFMT is proud to present the first live broadcast of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing in its hometown in more than a decade beginning at 6:25 pm, CDT on Friday, September 18, 2015. The broadcast features the CSO’s sixth annual Concert for Chicago in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This year’s concert is more…