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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

      summer festivals

      August: Summer Festivals

      Beginning August 3, we’re taking you to music festivals around the world. Tune in weekdays to hear music from the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Festival Virée classique (Montréal), and many more.

      BBC proms

      September: BBC Proms

      Beginning August 31st and running weekdays during the 9 am hour through the end of September, Carl will share highlights from The 2015 Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, taking place in London and across the United Kingdom.

      Carl's Morning Quiz

      • Friday, August 28

        Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” had its first performance 165 years ago today in Weimar, conducted by Franz Liszt. Act III of the opera opens with two of the most recognizable passages in all of classical music. What are they?

        Prelude to Act III and the Bridal Chorus
      • Wednesday, August 26

        On today’s date in 1927, the John Philip Sousa band came to Chicago to play for the dedication of a new attraction near the lakefront. This site is still one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions. What Chicago landmark was dedicated 88 years ago today?

        Buckingham Fountain
      • Tuesday, August 25

        Leonard Bernstein was born on this date in 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Composer, conductor, author, lecturer, and pianist, Bernstein completed his college studies at Harvard and enrolled at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. It is said that he received the only “A” grade ever awarded by his conducting professor at Curtis. Who was Bernstein’s conducting teacher?

        Fritz Reiner