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38 Lesser-Known Pieces of Classical Music You Should Listen to Right Now


Each day in May 2016, WFMT shared hidden gems of classical music. Below, find the full list of hidden gems we shared with you. Don’t forget to tell us your favorite more…

6 of Music’s Most Famous Feuds Between Composers

The history of music is full of friendships and feuds. The composers below certainly had complicated relationships. What are your favorite composer clashes? Tell us in the comments. Mozart v. more…

5 of Alisa Weilsterstein’s Favorite New Works for Cello


“I’m a cellist, therefore I don’t have the luxury of ‘favorite’ repertoire,” Alisa Weilerstein said after rehearsing a concerto, Outscape, by Pascal Dusapin, which had its world-premiere performances with the more…

5 Hidden Gems By Classical Composers You Should Know


All month long, WFMT is featuring hidden gems by composers you love and some who may be less familiar each day at 9:00 AM central. Enjoy these five hidden gems more…

5 Rising Stars in Classical Music Who Got Their Start in Chicago


Many musicians have started their careers in Chicago, and some of them have also studied at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. Founded in 2006, the Academy was established more…

10 Facts About Legendary Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton That Every Dance Lover Should Know

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Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, who created more than 100 ballets in his 60-year career, is one of the most influential figures in the history of dance. Learn more about Ashton from Ashley Wheater, who worked with Ashton and currently serves as the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet.

These Photoshopped Pictures of Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde Will Make You Literally LOL


Christine Goerke has set the world on fire with what the Wall Street Journal described as her “big, blazing soprano.” Recently she’s set the internet ablaze not with her voice, more…

Mystery Writer Sara Paretsky’s 5 Favorite Pieces of “Mysterious” Classical Music


Chicago-based writer Sara Paretsky is known for her crime and detective novels, particularly her series about the fictional private investigator V.I. Warshawski. Paretsky, a longtime fan of classical music, continues to incorporate elements of music in her novels. Here are her favorite pieces of classical music that have an air of mystery about them.

13 Corny Music Jokes You’ll Love to Hate and Hate to Love


We’ve got so many corny music jokes, we decided to make you a Liszt. Tell us your favorite music jokes in the comments below.

12 Composers Walking in a Winter Wonderland


As temperatures drop and the days grow short, our favorite composers have some tips on how to warm up this winter. Not only did the following composers write some of the most beloved songs and sounds of the season, they also didn’t shy away from subfreezing temperatures!