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Behind the Scenes of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Rheingold”


Hi, Maggie Reberg, here! You may know me as an occasional voice on WFMT’s airwaves, but you may also have seen me performing at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chamber Opera Chicago, more…

15 Classical Works to Help You Fall into Fall

Violin in park

Need some music to help you warm up this fall? We’ve got the perfect soundtrack.

Hear the Original Version of Brahms’ Piano Trio in B That “Shocked” Violinist Joshua Bell


While most people are familiar with the revised 1889 version of Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Violinist Joshua Bell’s new album, “For the Love of Brahms,” presents the original, 1854 version.

Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens Present Recital at Chicago Correctional Facility

9/25/16 5:50:03 PM 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Nagaunee Music Institute

Performance at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago by Maestro Riccardo Muti, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Eric Owens and Joyce DiDonato
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Maestro Riccardo Muti typically doesn’t pass through a metal detector or get a pat-down before conducting a concert. But the intimate recital he presented with Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, and more…

QUIZ: What Character From Wagner’s “Ring” Are You?


Gearing up for our Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast of “Das Rheingold” this Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5:45 pm? Take this quiz and find out what character from Wagner’s “Ring” you most resemble.

How Western Opera Changed Singing in Chinese Opera


If you have ever heard Peking opera, you might think that one of the only things this style of singing has in common with Western opera singing is that they more…

Chicago Critic John von Rhein’s Fall 2016 Arts Preview


John von Rhein, the classical music critic of the Chicago Tribune since 1977, previews performing arts events come to the Windy City this fall in a conversation with WFMT program more…

Attention New Music Lovers: Here Are 3 Ear Taxi Festival Events You Don’t Want to Miss


Composer Augusta Read Thomas has organized the Ear Taxi Festival, which will feature more than 300 musicians, 88 composers, and 54 world premieres during 32 events…

Happy 70th Birthday to Composer Marc Neikrug!


Today is the 70th birthday of Marc Neikrug, the highly-respected American composer, pianist, and arts administrator whose accomplishments have been heard on WFMT and around the world for almost four more…

Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Molly Manarchy, the First Musician on WFMT’s Introductions


Chicago native and classical guitarist Molly Manarchy was just a senior in high school when she appeared as the first soloist on WFMT’s Introductions in 2008.  Now, Molly composes her more…