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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

      • Monday, October 5

        “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was first telecast on the BBC on this date in 1969. It became such a part of British culture, that the examinations required for those seeking to become British citizens now include questions about Monty Python sketches.  Which Python member played a civil servant in charge of the Ministry of Silly Walks?

        John Cleese
      • Friday, October 2

        Lyric Opera’s production of Rossini’s “Cinderella” opens this Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House. And it has a wonderful cast: Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, and Allesandro Corbelli. What is the original Italian title of the opera?

        La Cenerentola
      • Thursday, October 1

        The French composer Paul Dukas was born in Paris on this date in 1865—150 years ago today. He enjoyed a dual career as a composer and a music critic, writing for five French journals. As a teacher, his students included Mauric Durufle, Olivier Messiaen, Manuel Ponce, and Joaquin Rodrigo.  Surely his most famous work is “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” It was composed in 1897, inspired by a poem by whom?