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      Mornings with Carl Grapentine

      Weekdays from 6:00 am-10:00 am

      Each day, it’s Carl’s joie de vivre that lights up The Morning Program on WFMT. He’ll report the headlines, what the weather’s doing, and who won the big game (including the winning team’s fight song), and — of course — he’ll play Bach. In short, The Morning Program with Carl Grapentine is as essential to Chicago as that first cup of coffee.


      Where’s Carl?

      Want to meet Carl Grapentine? Here’s where you can find him.


      Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House
      20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
      pre-opera lectures  for
      Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (1 hour before curtain)

      • Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm
      • Saturday, February  13, 2016  at 5:30 pm
      • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm
      • Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm
      • Friday, March 4 at 5:30 pm
      • Monday, March 7 at 5:30 pm
      • Thursday, March 10 at 12:00 pm
      • Sunday, March 13 at 12:00 pm


      National Concert Band Festival
      Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
      Festival Host

      • Thursday, March 10, 2016 – Saturday, March 12, 2016


      Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center
      220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60604
      pre-concert lectures for
      Sheherazade & Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
      (Susanna Malkki, conductor)

      • Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm
      • Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm
      • Saturday April 2. 2016 at 7:00 pm


      Bach Week Festival?
      Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, 60201
      pre-concert lectures for

      • Main Concert No. 1
        Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm
      • Main Concert No. 2
        Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm


      Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center
      220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60604
      pre-concert lectures for Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony & Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
      (Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor)

      • Thursday  June 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
      • Friday, June 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm
      • Saturday June 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Carl's Morning Quiz

      • Monday, April 4

        The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908—before Wrigley Field was even built. Their manager in 1908 was a player-manager who was also immortalized in a poem! Who was the manager of the last Cubs World Series winners?

        Frank Chance. Mentioned in the poem “Tinker to Evers to Chance” by Franklin P. Adams
      • Friday, April 1

        Earlier this morning on today’s April Fool’s Day program, we featured a British comedy team. They first worked together as students in 1939 and eventually wrote more than 100 songs together. Their two long-running revues ran from 1956 to 1967. We heard two of their comic bits: An Ill Wind and A Song of the Weather. Name the team—including first names.

        Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
      • Thursday, March 31

        Today we’re celebrating the birthday of Franz Josef Haydn. One of Haydn’s 104 symphonies begins with a full orchestra and ends with just two violinists playing the final pages. Name the “number” of the symphony and the nickname.

        #45, the “Farewell” Symphony