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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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This week on Introductions, members of the Chicago area’s Ukrainian community perform music of their home country for piano, violin and voice. 18-year-old pianist Myroslav Mykhailenko is joined by young friends and colleagues with selections by five different Ukrainian composers. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for hosting us at Nichols…
 
Today we feature flute player Hanna Choi before she heads off to U of I. Her program features music by Cécile Chaminade, Jacques Ibert, William Grant Still, Eldin Burton, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She’s joined by pianist Beilin Han in WFMT’s Fay & Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Hanna Choi, 18, is a recent graduate of William Fremd High School.…
 
Today on Introductions, we hear from four departing seniors from the flagship group of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, all featured as soloists. Thanks to the Rhapsody Theater for hosting today’s episode of Introductions. Danica Tuohy, 17, is a French hornist from Yorkville, Illinois. She studies under Susan Ozsvath and enjoys performing in vari…
 
Violinist Julian Rhee and collaborative pianist Xiaohui Yang present Violin Sonata No. 20, K. 303 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Violin Sonata Op. 18 by Richard Strauss. 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 livestream! The post Julian Rhee…
 
Host Elbio Barilari shares great Latin American music in the hands, lips, and throats of some of the most gifted Latino interpreters. Included in this program are such artists as Alberto Portugheis, Eduardo Fernández, and Ana María Martínez. Be prepared to be wowed by this exciting set of composers and performers. The post Great Latino Virtuosi app…
 
One of the leading chamber ensembles dedicated to music written in the Americas, Camerata de las Américas, is the focus for this program. Formed in Mexico in 1988, this virtuosic group has a large discography and has performed all over the world. Host Elbio Barilari will share some of his favorite recordings from this ensemble, including their trib…
 
Introductions today features the recent concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, Catherine Woods. She’s already an active violin and piano teacher, and in this recital she presents music by Bach, Beethoven, Boulanger, and Saint-Saëns. Thanks to collaborative pianist Andrew Rosenblum and also to the Rhapsody Theater for hosti…
 
Today, Introductions returns to the Fay & Daniel Levin Performance Studio with violinist Tara Hagle. In this recital of Brahms, Bacewicz, Messiaen and Wieniawski, she’s joined by her father Matthew Hagle on piano. Tara Hagle is a 18-year-old violinist from the Chicago area. She currently is a Merit scholarship fellow of the Music Institute of Chica…
 
This week, we feature recordings made by clarinetist Noah Jung. Originally from Hoffman Estates and a former member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, he went to high school at the Music Academy of the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Today’s performances are recordings made in his last few months at Colburn. Starting the clarinet when he was thre…
 
Flutist Beomjae Kim and pianist Joanne Chew-Ann Chang present works by Philippe Gaubert, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Shawn E. Okpebholo, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Béla Bartók for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. We hope you enjoyed this performance. Don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's…
 
Today, a pianist who writes his own music: 17-year-old Bazyli Siwek of Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Along with three of his own pieces, he presents music by Clara Schumann, Robert Nathaniel Dett, Maurice Ravel, and Lowell Liebermann. Thank you to the Rhapsody Theater for hosting this Introductions session. Bazyli Siwek is a pianist attending th…
 
Violinist Katya Moeller and pianist Ksenia Nosikova present works by Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, and Lera Auerbach. 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 livestream! The post Katya Moeller and Ksenia Nosikova appeared first on WFMT.…
 
This week, a younger than usual soloist: Ella Wimbiscus of Wilmette is 11 years old and studies cello with Hans Jørgen Jensen. Along with her older sister Mia Wimbiscus and pianist Liang-yu Wang, she presents works by Boccherini, Schumann, and Paganini, and the Incantation of Chicago composer Augusta Read Thomas. Ella Wimbiscus, 11 years old, is a …
 
This week, chamber music on Introductions: five principal players from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras present wind quintet music by Paul Taffanel, Carl Nielsen and Paul Hindemith; plus the world premiere of an original work by the group’s bassoonist, Taki Salameh. The program finishes with two of Taki Salameh’s solo works for winds. The Jubilee …
 
On October 15, 2015, the extraordinary American tenor, Lawrence Brownlee, and the superb collaborative pianist, Craig Terry, shared repertoire by Rossini – a Brownlee specialty – as well as a spiritual, “Come By Here,” as well as Britten’s lovely “Down By the Sally Gardens.” The post Lawrence Brownlee, tenor & Craig Terry, piano appeared first on W…
 
The Balourdet String Quartet performs two works on this live program, one by Jessie Montgomery and the other by Claude Debussy. Angela Bae, violin Justin DeFilippis, violin Benjamin Zannoni, viola Russell Houston, cello We hope you enjoyed this performance. Don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch e…
 
Violist Matthew Cohen and pianist Zhenni Li-Cohen perform works by Brahms, Clarke, and Tchaikovsky live from 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 livestream! The post Matthew Cohen and Zhen…
 
On this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast, violinist Maya Buchanan and pianist Milana Pavchinskaya present the Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven and Carmen Fantasie Brillante by Jenő Hubay. We hope you enjoyed this performance. Don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Fa…
 
One of the most famous symphonies in the world, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by composer José Antonio Abreu. Fiesta pays tribute to this great orchestra that has been led by such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Eduardo Mata, and Gustavo Dudamel. Host Elbio Barilari shares some of his favorite recordings from t…
 
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