Turkish singer Aysenur Kolivar was recently in Chicago for a fellowship program with the Old Town School of Folk Music. She collects and performs music from the Black Sea region. During her stay she performed at WTTW. We bring you that performance from our studio.
Chicago's Ella Jenkins has been writing and performing music for children since the 1950s. We revisit Jay Shefsky's portrait of the beloved and influential artist.
Musicologist David Patterson attempts to amend the biography of architect Frank Lloyd Wright to acknowledge the powerful influence of his father, a preacher, essayist, musician and composer.
We visit Chicago soul band J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound.
Deborah Rutter talks career, CSO & more
We talk with Deborah Rutter about how she managed to keep one of the world’s greatest musical organizations moving forward.
We revisit a profile of Wales native and Chicago rocker Jon Langford, whose latest project involves melding songs and paintings.
Meet Chicago’s master of the mandolin. Don Stiernberg joins us to talk about playing a traditional instrument in a modern way – and performs live in studio with his trio. View a web extra performance.
Frankie Knuckles, Chicago's "godfather" of house music, died at age 59. Brandis Friedman has the story of his impact on Chicago's music culture. Watch a 2004 Artbeat special about Knuckles, and read thoughts and reflections from Chicagoans about the legendary DJ.
Malachy Towey and Kevin Henry are two of the elder statesman of Irish music in Chicago. Towey, age 93, plays the bodhrán, an Irish frame drum. Henry is 85, and plays the flute. For more than 50 years, they have been part of a vibrant Irish music scene in Chicago. Recently, Jay Shefsky stopped by at their weekly music session at Lanigan’s Pub on 111th Street, and has a profile of these two longtime musicians and friends.
We revisit Jay Shefsky’s story about a musical instrument you've probably never heard of, and Habib Wardak, the young Afghan immigrant who was a sensation on it as an 8-year-old refugee in Pakistan. Listen to Wardak perform, and view a photo gallery.
Melanie Kupchynsky has been a violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years. She began playing the violin at the age of 4 and her first teacher was her father, known to everyone else as “Mr. K.” After her father's death, Kupchynsky co-wrote a book called Strings Attached, recounting the lessons learned from her father. Read an excerpt from the book, view photos, and listen to music clips.