Musical Gems of the 17th Century


Vocal treasures will soar through the airwaves on February 27th when Haymarket Opera Company visits WFMT Studios for a live performance. Tune in to hear a tantalizing preview of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Agar et Ismaele, HOC’s Lenten Oratorio, before we perform the entire work later that week on March 3rd and 4th. Also on this varied program will be excerpts from Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista, the oratorio HOC recently performed at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta; Antonio Cesti’s exquisite opera L’Orontea; and a beautiful aria from Marin Marais’ Ariane et Bachus.

Kristin Knutson, soprano
Jill Dewsnup, soprano
Angela Young Smucker, mezzo soprano
Peter van de Graaff, bass

Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Martin Davids, violin
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello
John Lenti, theorbo
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord

Kerry Frumkin, WFMT host

Cristo crucificado   (1780) by Francisco de Goya

98.7WFMT’s signature full-length recital series Live from WFMT presents music and conversation each Monday night at 8:00 pm, from October through June. Live from WFMT draws on the rich community of Chicago-based musicians, though international touring artists have been known to stop by from time to time. Each two-hour episode is performed live in WFMT’s state of the art Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Kerry Frumkin host and producer of the program, chatting with artists about the technical challenges, and stories behind the music. Andi Lamoreaux is the Associate Producer and Mary Mazurek is the Music Producer. 

February 27th at 8:00pm on 98.7FM in Chicago or online at