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Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many students who appear on Introductions pursue other careers, some have gone on to study music ...
 
Our live afternoon series of “impromptu” music and conversation features some of today’s most sought-after musicians from around the world. Previous guests on Impromptu have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato, and author Salman Rushdie. Other guests have included Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tenor Joseph Calleja, violinist Joshua Bell, and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Broadcast live from the Levin Performance Studio at WFMT, the program also features local performers ...
 
Each week WFMT goes live to the Chicago Cultural Center for concerts with emerging artists from around the world, produced by the International Music Foundation. Some shows offer solo recitals while others feature ensembles. The concerts take place beneath the world’s largest Tiffany-domed ceiling, part of a landmark building that originally housed the Chicago Public Library. The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are named for British pianist Myra Hess who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime ...
 
Founded in 1986 by a group of prominent musicians and chamber music devotees for the purpose of building an internationally-recognized Chicago institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music, CCME began as the resident ensemble of 98.7WFMT, presenting free monthly First Monday performances at The Chicago Cultural Center and broadcast on WFMT.
 
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On Introductions this Saturday, 17-year-old Joanna Choe, a flute student of Hideko Amano. She performs music by Adolphus Hailstork and Philippe Gaubert; concerto movements by Mozart and Ibert; and the François Borne Carmen Fantasy. Thank you to Delmark Records for allowing WFMT to record in their Riverside Studios in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborho…
 
Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic are a Chicago-based husband-and-wife flute and guitar duo who make music as the Cavatina Duo. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe, also a married couple, are both members of the Lincoln Trio, one of Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensembles. In this Impromptu Encore from 2016, the quartet perfo…
 
Pianist Silvan Negrutiu presents a performance of works by Joan Tower, George Enescu, and Beethoven for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every liv…
 
This morning on Introductions, we’re going live again: 17-year-old Harry Zhang delivers a solo recital of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Liebermann, and Prokofiev. Thank you to Delmark Records for allowing WFMT to broadcast live from their Riverside Studios in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Harry Zhang was the first-place winner of the 2020 Steinway P…
 
This week on Introductions, we profile eight young composers, all of whom participated in Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras‘ 2021 Composition Seminar. Under the tutelage of composers Eric Malmquist and Ben Hjertmann, participants had the chance to write for string quartet, and have their music recorded by ATLYS. This episode was produced by WFMT’s …
 
It’s a graduation special for Labor Day Weekend: we mark 18-year-olds who are now our alumni, having performed on Introductions in the past few years. Some are now majoring in music, some are majoring in other subjects, a few are double-majoring, one’s taking a gap year, and one’s enlisted in the military. It’s a great variety of music this week. P…
 
Originally broadcast in May 2019, this Impromptu Encore features violinist Sergey Khachatryan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Inon Barnatan in an outstanding performance of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1. The post Alisa Weilerstein, cello, Sergey Khachatryan, violin, and Inon Barnatan, piano appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is joined by collaborative pianist Ji Yung Lee for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from its new location at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago with works by Haydn, Leslie Adams, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann. “A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan B…
 
Gramophone Magazine praised the Calidore String Quartet as “a miracle of unified thought.” This vibrant, young ensemble won the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the first North Americans to be so honored. The group continues to earn high praise, incliudng a place on the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. T…
 
On Introductions this week, a veritable menagerie and miscellany of groups! Hailing from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, Victor J. Andrew High School and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, today’s episode has music from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll hear seventeen teenage musicians across five groups – some playing in mor…
 
Bronze medal winner of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Competition, cellist Ben Solomonow is joined by pianist Christopher Goodpasture performing music of Beethoven, Kodály, Strohl, and Debussy for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Described by the Toronto Concert Review as “exuding a depth of artistry and sublime musical sensitivi…
 
Puerto Rican Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music. Sierra’s work draws from the 20th century avant-garde music and the 19th century romantic traditions alike and synthesized his European and Latino influences. Host, Elbio Barilari will pick some of his favorite pieces from this composer’s vast…
 
This week on Introductions, string quartets from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood and New Music School in Chicago perform music by Haydn, Schubert, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Ginastera, and Holland. Some of these young musicians have appeared on Introductions in the past: the same membership of the Ardente String Quartet appeared in August…
 
Today we feature 18-year-old Isabel Chen of Northbrook, a violin student of Almita Vamos. She performs some solo Bach, a Beethoven sonata movement, a short Kreisler piece, a recent work by Montgomery, and the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for letting WFMT record in Nichols Concert Hall, …
 
Pianist Julia Hamos performs works by Clara Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Maurice Ravel for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center. Pianist Julia Hamos performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at the Liszt Academy in Budap…
 
Today we hear from violinist Isabella Brown in her winner’s recital following her success in the 2020 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artist Competition. She performs works by Johannes Brahms, Amy Beach, James Newton Howard and Henryk Wieniawski with pianist Milana Pavchinskaya. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for letting WFMT record …
 
Violinist SooBeen Lee and pianist Elliot Wuu join us in a live performance with works of Claude Debussy, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Igor Frolov for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestre…
 
This week on Introductions, two chamber groups from two music schools, both of which reached the quarter-finals of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Carmen Quartet is entirely made up of high-school senior fellows of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy; and the Golden Trio hails from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory wit…
 
Host Elbio Barilari, speaks with his fellow countryman Miguel Del Águila about composing music in the 21st century, his early life in Uruguay, and his music output. We will also feature some of his recently recorded pieces by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hat Trick Trio, and the TransAtlantic Ensemble. The post Miguel Del Águila: Uruguayan-American…
 
Fiesta pays tribute to the many female composers of Latin America. Included in the program are Ángela Peralta and María Granillo, from México, Teresa Carreño from Venezuela and Margarita Luna from the Dominican Republic. Join us for this celebration of Latina composers! The post Celebration of Latin American Women Composers appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Duo Dotto-Cho performs music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Arianna Dotto, violin Hyejin Cho, piano Born in Chicago and raised in Milan, Italy, violinist Arianna Dotto has performed across the U.S.A., Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany, including at Carnegie “Weill” Recit…
 
Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Colonial period, Mexican music shows an extraordinary vitality and a variety of colors and soundscapes. This hour we will share some of the biggest names in Classical music as well as some composers you may no…
 
Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Elizabeth Huffman, violin 2 Amanda Grimm, viola Jacob Hanegan, cello Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Azusa Tashiro is Concertmaster for Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and is originally from Chiba, Japan. She started playing violin at the age of 4 and continued her studies at the Toho School of Music and DePaul University, whe…
 
Abraham Feder, cello, and Cheryl Feder, harp, perform works of J.S. Bach, Johann Strauss, Henriette Renié, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco live for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. *On-demand audio featured on this site may have been edited in order to comply with U.S. copyright regulations. The post Feder Duo appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Latin American colonial music has been a well hidden treasure. But, in the last 20 years the world has discovered the wealth and variety of the scores and traditions of the fascinating Latin American baroque. We hear some of these lost works that have been kept in the palaces and cathedrals of Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico. The post Palaces and Cathe…
 
In this program of Fiesta we present a luxurious tribute to the most beloved Brazilian popular songs. Featuring the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo and Banda Mantiqueira performing traditional choros and sambas. Among the featured composers are Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Pixinguinha and many more. Enjoy this music with no b…
 
The holiday season is always about children and the child that lives within us. We will hear lullabies by Kathleen Battle, Boris Christoff, Marilyn Horne, and Ian Bostridge. The prayer from Hänsel und Gretel is sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Elisabeth Grümmer. The Vienna Boys Choir sing a chorus from Bizet’s Carmen as well. The post For the Chil…
 
Selections will be heard from religious works by Charpentier, Rossini, Verdi, and Bruckner. Also heard will be Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and a choral work from the film The Lion in Winter. Among the various artists will be Cecilia Bartoli, Ľuba Orgonášová, and Jussi Björling. The post A Program Sung in Latin appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Certainly NOT! Delighting the heart and soul are selections from six Mozart operas. Artists include Frederica von Stade, Teresa Berganza, Gottlob Frick, Pilar Lorengar, Gabriel Bacquier, Lucia Popp, and Edita Gruberová. A must hear indeed for Mozart fans. The post Can There Ever Be Enough Mozart? appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Vocal pyrotechnics abound with high ‘C’s, trills, and singing techniques that’ll leave you breathless. At their best are Joan Sutherland, Alfred Deller, Lucia Popp, Sigrid Onégin, and Magda Olivero. READ MORE: 15 Sopranos Singing One of the Craziest Coloratura Arias The post A Coloratura Spectacular appeared first on WFMT.…
 
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