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Chicago Month

As the summer concert season starts to wind down, we look forward to the opening of the fall season. Once again, the riches offered to the classical music lover here in Chicago are striking. Our tradition of musical excellence and innovation is long and deep here; this month we will celebrate that. Tune in to 98.7 WFMT throughout August for performances by Chicago-based ensembles and artists, works written by Chicagoans, and pieces about Chicago itself. You’ll be amazed at what our city and suburbs have to offer.

We also encourage you to support your favorite groups and attend concerts, whenever possible. How fortunate we are to live in this great musical city!

Click here to see highlights for the month.

Start your day with Sandburg!

Tune into 98.7 or throughout the month of August for a poetry reading: Sandburg reading Sandburg. Hear Chicago’s two-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet read from a wide sampling of his poems, weekdays at 9:00 AM.

On-Demand: Hear Ravinia Soprano–UPDATE

Soprano Simone Osborne

Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is one of the youngest to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She’ll be part of a broadcast showcasing some of America’s leading composers honoring the 25th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Institute; date to be determined.

Chicago Month Spotlight: Music of the Baroque

Nicholas Kraemer

Hear MOB on Friday at 8:00 PM. Music of the Baroque focuses on 18th century repertoire, and is one of Chicago’s premiere Classical ensembles. This particular program features Baroque specialist Nicholas Kraemer leading the ensemble in a range of instrumental works. MOB also has a reputation for presenting the great choral repertoire

Getting to Know Chicago’s Composers

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

He regularly lent his baritone voice to churches around Manhattan, he studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, composition at Princeton. He went on to do arrangements for Lou Rawls and write ballets for Alvin Ailey, and Dance Theater of Harlem

Schubert’s Enablers

Schubertiade, by Julius Schmid

At times, Franz Schubert was a couch surfer; he constantly ran out of money, and even depended on friends and neighbors for use of a piano. We’ve all known the type: “He’s basically a good guy. He has such incredible talent; if he could just get his life together.”

Today, one would say that Schubert’s friends “enabled” him

Ryan Opera Center Encore

Ryan Opera Center's Tracy Cantin, J'nai Bridges and Emily Birsan at Millennium Park

Monday at 6:00 PM, hear a recital from the Ryan Opera Center. Chicago Month on WFMT is all about synergies. Lyric Opera’s program for nurturing young singers, the Ryan Opera Center, is ripe with those: during their WFMT recital series, Ryan’s singers presented a program on the topic of “Chicago.” Composers range from Jerome Kern to Richard Rodgers

Listeners’ Choice on Arias and Songs

Placido Domingo, photo from LA Opera

It’s Chicago Month on WFMT, and our vocal music series, Arias and Songs, is celebrating its first anniversary. In gratitude, Larry turns it back to you, the audience, and shares his special brand of insight with a compilation of listener requests—and what could be more appropriate for Chicago Month, than a program devoted to the discerning, and ever-supportive Chicago audience?

Starting with Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Near the end of his life, Studs Terkel marveled at the words of Carl Sandburg, a poet who mirrored his world with a kind of caustic realism; always with a heart turned toward the plight and the dignity of the common man. It was Studs who remarked that Sandburg’s words continue to ring true, 100 years after

Hey, Remember That Guy, Sowerby?

St. James Cathedral where Leo Sowerby served as organist and choirmaster starting in 1927

Leo Sowerby still shows up on choral recordings and in choir books, though most Chicagoans wont recall his Sundays at the organ at St. James Cathedral—St. James is now the lively home of the Rush Hour Concerts (heard live on WFMT, Tuesdays at 5:45 PM).

Chicago Month on WFMT

See highlights and a complete listing of all the Chicago-themed offerings on WFMT throughout the month of August.