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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

      • Friday, November 27

        Music critics have written many unflattering reviews over the years. Richard Wagner once responded to a critic by placing a caricature of him into one of his operas. What artist responded to a critic with these words: “What you have said hurt me very much. I cried all the way to the bank.”?

        (Wladziu Valentino) Liberace
      • Wednesday, November 25

        American composer and critic Virgil Thomson was born on this date in 1896 in K.C., MO. While living in Paris for many years his friends included James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, e.e. cummings, Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, Orson Welles, and Gertrude Stein. Virgil Thomson later wrote two operas with Gertrude Stein. Name either one.

        “Four Saints in Three Acts” and “The Mother of Us All”
      • 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