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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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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…
 
The Cavatina Duo brings together Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic. In this 2019 Impromptu, you’ll hear the “style, sympathy, and technical aplomb” that captivated Fanfare Magazine as well as fans around the globe. The post Cavatina Duo appeared first on WFMT.WFMT による
 
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…
 
This week’s recital features viola music by Kay, Bach, Thomas and Bartók, courtesy of Bella Kim of Buffalo Grove. This episode was first broadcast on March 13, 2021. Audio and information are available at the original episode page. The post Encore Broadcast | Bella Kim, 18, viola appeared first on WFMT.…
 
WFMT presented the Solera Quartet on Impromptu in May 2019. These rising stars have been acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent” and “one of the foremost young string quartets.” The post Solera Quartet appeared first on WFMT.WFMT による
 
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…
 
This weekend is a rarity for Introductions: a countertenor. 17-year-old Volodymyr Lymar is a senior at the Chicago High School for the Arts, and a student of Eric Miranda and Anna Kreynina. Volodymyr will sing music by Henry Purcell, Nicola Porpora and Christoph Willibald Gluck; a Ukrainian folk song; and something by the Ukrainian-US-Puerto Rican …
 
In this week’s Introductions, pianist and film-maker Daniel Mies Nass of Glenview presents a recital of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy. Thanks to the Music Institute of Chicago for allowing us to record in Nichols Concert Hall. Daniel Mies Nass, aged 17, graduated early from Glenbrook South High School in January 2021. He began stud…
 
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.…
 
This weekend on Introductions, we feature four long-time members of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, all high school seniors, recorded in CYSO’s Curtiss Hall in the Fine Arts Building. We feature music by Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Henri Rabaud, Heinrich Sutermeister and Emmanuel Séjourné for clarinet, marimba, viola, and cello. Additionally, th…
 
Since 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has brought together Arab and Israeli musicians as a means to defy fierce political divides in the Middle East and globally. Concertmaster Michael Barenboim leads the newly-formed West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, and on February 20, 2020 that fantastic group of chamber players performed the Mendelssohn Octet…
 
This Saturday, Introductions welcomes pianist Eva Sharman of Lake Bluff, Illinois. A student of Tatyana Stepanova at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, she presents music by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Chaminade, and Prokofiev. Thanks to the Music Institute of Chicago for allowing us to record in Nichols Concert Hall. Eva Sharman, 17, is a ju…
 
Today on Introductions, we have two chamber groups: the Omaggio String Quartet from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, and the Purple Hippopotami Flute Trio from Merit School of Music, playing Kuhlau, Haydn, Debussy, Tomasi, Walker, Prokofiev, and Beeftink. Members of both groups have appeared on Introductions in the past. Thanks to ensemble m…
 
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…
 
In 2018, the engaging Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion returned to WFMT’s Levin Studio. For this Impromptu performance, he brought some wonderfully talented friends, violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Leonardo Altino. The post Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, violinist Giora Schmidt, and cellist Leonardo Altino appeared first on…
 
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is an annual fixture for chamber groups from the Chicago area. Every May, young musicians and their families drive out the Skyway to South Bend, Indiana to compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious music competitions. For the second year in a row, the Fischoff organization is running their event…
 
Today on the show we feature cellist Brandon Cheng of Chicago’s Douglass Park neighborhood, a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. After appearing on Introductions several times in orchestras and chamber groups, today’s episode highlights him in a solo recital of Classical, Romantic, and contemporary pieces. Brandon is joined by pianist Elizabeth …
 
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.…
 
This live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert features works by Paul Hindemith and Rebecca Clarke performed by Beatrice Chen and Kuang-Hao Huang. Beatrice Chen currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Hsin-Yun Huang. She’s won first prize in various competitions including the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, A…
 
The Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet performs works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Rebecca Clarke, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Joy Curtain and Genevieve Smelser, violins Benjamin Wagner, viola Najette Abouelhadi, cello The post Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Join host, Elbio Barilari as he takes you on a musical tour of Latin American and Iberican concert music. Featuring some of the greatest music written for the concert hall including the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Federico Moreno Torroba, and Manuel de Falla. The post The Latino Concert Hall appeared first on WFMT.…
 
This program features music by Mel Bonis and Carl Reinecke performed by Emma Gerstein, flute; Alexander Love, horn; and Winston Choi, piano. Emma Gerstein is second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Before her appointment to the CSO, she appeared with the Orchestra as a g…
 
Violinist John Macfarlane and pianist Victor Asunción play music by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Tartini live from the Chicago Cultural Center. John Macfarlane is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park M…
 
Venezuela has a wealth of concert music, from the romantic period and into the 21st century. Fiesta will bring its audience to a musical tour on Venezuelan musical history. From Teresa Carreño to Alfredo Rugeles, we will present over 150 years of rarely heard music. The post Music from Venezuela 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…
 
A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America are featured on this Christmas themed program from Fiesta. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions. The post Latin American Christmas Carols appeared first on WFMT.Fiesta | WFMT による
 
Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his Symphony No. 9 is the centerpiece of this program. Herbert von Karajan conducts. Also heard will be the finale of Verdi’s Falstaff with Bryn Terfel and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Shirley Verrett and Anna Moffo. The post Happy Endings appeared first on WFMT.Arias and Songs | WFMT による
 
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chávez, and Alberto Ginastera are at the prow of the Latin American music ship. On this episode of Fiesta, we go beyond those giants and feature other Latin American composers that you should know! The post Latin American Composers You SHOULD Know! appeared first on WFMT.Fiesta | WFMT による
 
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…
 
A tasty treat for all! The Robert Shaw Chorale takes us to a clambake, Fanny Brice cooks breakfast, the Crab Man and Strawberry Woman from Porgy and Bess offer food for sale, a little boy named Oliver wants more to eat, and there is a tribute to Julia Child. The post Food for Thought appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Close personal and professional relationships are explored. We recall those of Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge; Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich; Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears; and Roberto Alagna and his brothers. The post All in the Family appeared first on WFMT.Arias and Songs | WFMT による
 
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.…
 
Fiesta goes back in time to present some of the best Latin American classical music from different eras. We will feature music from the Colonial, Romantic, and Contemporary eras of classical music and see how they all tie together. The post The Fiesta Time Machine appeared first on WFMT.Fiesta | WFMT による
 
The legendary Broadway composer well served in recordings made famous by his contemporaries Fred Astaire, Mary Martin, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald. Mr. Porter will also accompany himself in one of his songs. The post A Cole Porter Program appeared first on WFMT.Arias and Songs | WFMT による
 
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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