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Clue 5 — April 1, 2016

The Mystery Composer regarded the next work as simply a bit of fun, intended for private performance among musician friends. He was adamant that the work not be published in more…

Clue 4 — March 31, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a man of wide-ranging interests beyond music. Among them was travel. Before the advent of planes, it’s said he made 179 trips to 27 countries. He more…

Clue 3 — March 30, 2016

The Mystery Composer is mostly remembered today for his instrumental music, but he wrote a large amount of vocal music, including 13 operas. Only one has remained popular over the more…

Clue 2 — March 29, 2016

The Mystery Composer was one of the most intellectually brilliant in history. His astounding memory allowed him to master not only music but a variety of other subjects, including mathematics, more…

Can You Guess the Mystery Composer?


Can you guess our Mystery Composer? Tune in to Middays with Lisa Flynn from March 28 – April 1 to hear a different piece of unidentified music by the same more…

Clue 1 — March 28, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a musical prodigy who made his concert debut at the age of ten, playing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven. He began his career as a 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 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 more…

Pumpkin-Parmesan Gnocchi, Turkey, Sage, Pears and Pecans


The day after Thanksgiving, everyone’s fridge is full of leftovers. Here’s a day after dish that has a little bit of everything: pumpkin-parmesan gnocchi with bits of leftover turkey, pecans, and pears.

Bourbon-Sage Gobbler


Here’s a seasonal drink for you to enjoy the day of the big feast: a bourbon-sage cocktail. Chef Sherman has mixed this cocktail with Wynton Marsalis’s rendition of Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves”: he thinks both are the perfect way for you to get Thanksgiving dinner started.