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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

      • Tuesday, July 28

        Today is the 74th birthday of Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one of the most honored and respected conductors in the world. Maestro Muti is considered one of the leading interpreters of the music of GiuseppeVerdi. Which Verdi opera will he be conducting on this coming season’s CSO schedule?

      • Monday, July 27

        It’s another edition of “Do the Math!” Start with the number of Beethoven symphonies…add the number of Mozart symphonies…subtract the number of Brahms symphonies…and divide by the number of Brahms piano concertos. What’s the answer?

        23. 9+41-4÷2 = 23
      • Friday, July 24

        Who am I? I was born 68 years ago today. At age 11 I began studying at the Curtis Institute where my father was one of the teachers. My concert career began at age 13 when I played at the Marlboro Festival—the festival founded by my father, my grandfather, and my great-uncle. I was also one of the founding members of the group Tashi. Who am I?

        Pianist Peter Serkin