Chicago Symphony

John Clare

What does a classical music director do on vacation? WBAA's John Clare spends a "bus driver's holiday" in Chicago for part of this week. His travels included speaking with some of the top classical musicians on Tuesday. 

First, at Northwestern University, John spoke with Giancarlo Guerrero about his return to his alma mater, and leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

Tonight composer and conductor John Williams leads the Chicago Symphony in a concert of his music. A group of WBAA fans are going to the concert which is being recorded for a possible future CSO broadcast! CSO Trumpeter John Hagstrom spoke with WBAA Music Director John Clare about the concert.

Anthony Barlich

Windy City. Third Coast. Chicago has been a leader in the arts, tourism, and pizza for a long time. The Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Duh Bears have fans around the world. We’ll focus on Chicago’s musical scene for a once in a lifetime event – the Ear Taxi Festival – that takes place over six days, October 5th to 10th.

We’ll hear from composer Augusta Read Thomas about the Ear Taxi Festival, as well as some of her music, and that of Mason Bates with the Chicago Symphony, plus Third Coast Percussion playing Steve Reich on this episode!