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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.


      Programming Highlights


      October: Music from the Chopin Competition

      All month long, we’re bringing you music from the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland weekdays at 9:00 AM. The competition, held every five years, is one of the most anticipated events in classical music. Tune in to hear music from this year’s competition, music from previous competitions, and updates from hosts David Polk and Lisa Flynn.


      Chopin Competition Winner Concert

      We’re bringing you a live broadcast from Warsaw featuring the winner of this year’s International Chopin Competition on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm CDT. Enjoy the culmination of this exciting competition in a concert that will feature one of Chopin’s piano concertos, music for solo piano, and more.

      Carl's Morning Quiz

      • Tuesday, November 24

        Today is the birthday of American composer Scott Joplin, perhaps born on this date in Linden, Texas in 1868. His music enjoyed a revival in the 1970s when it was used prominently in the film “The Sting.” Who won the 1974 Academy Award for the music in “The Sting,” mainly just for arranging Joplin’s tunes?

        Marvin Hamlisch
      • Monday, November 23

        Luciano Pavarotti was one of the very top vote-getters in our recent “Favorite Artist” poll, taken during the recent Membership Drive. And we’re about to hear two of his recordings. One recording will also feature soprano Mirella Freni, who was born about 7 months before Pavarotti, in the very same home town. What was the town of their births?

        Modena, Italy
      • Wednesday, November 4

        Who am I? I was born in 1944. I am a graduate of the Juilliard School where I studied conducting with Jean Morel. I have been Music Director of several major American orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and my current position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Who am I?

        Leonard Slatkin