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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
History comes alive as we revisit important moments in American culture with interviews from the archives of the inimitable 20th-century broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel. Host Eve Ewing guides us through the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and pairs each piece of archival audio with an interview with a contemporary thinker, intertwining the past and the present. Dust off your soapbox, open your ears, and come down to the Bughouse Square. Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing is produced by th ...
 
Breaking Glass is a five-episode podcast that explores social justice through the lens of opera. Produced by the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and the WFMT Radio Network, this show challenges ideas of who opera is for and who should create it. Host Paige Hernandez and contributor Tazewell Thompson discuss, question, and challenge what stories are told in the world of opera and how they may look in the future. They engage creatives from across the opera community and draw from their own experie ...
 
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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This weekend, we feature Chicago violist Beatrice Chen in a completely solo recital, recorded at her home with borrowed WFMT gear. Beatrice 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, Albert M. Greenfi…
 
Violinist Isabella Brown and collaborative pianist Milana Pavchinskaya present a program of Beethoven, Beach, Howard, and Saint-Saëns live from the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. American violinist Isabella Brown has recently been making a name for herself on the classical music scene. Isabella was awarded a top prize in th…
 
We welcome back live performances from the Chicago Cultural Center. Though the Cultural Center remains closed, the WFMT audience will be treated to a live concert from the Claudia Cassidy Theater with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet. Nora Shaffer, Eb Clarinet/Bb Clarinet Erin Miesner, Bb Clarinet Cally Laughlin, Bb Clarinet Joe Sanchez, Bass Clari…
 
This is a rebroadcast from July 31, 2019. Twenty-one-year-old Chinese pianist Huiping Cai presents a live recital with works by Ravel, Paderewski, and Chopin for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Twenty-one-year-old Huiping Cai is one of the most exciting young talents coming from China today. Winner of numerous national and internati…
 
This is a rebroadcast from April 17, 2019. Cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Kevin Ahfat present a concert of French repertoire by Henri Duparc, Reynaldo Hahn, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. French cellist Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the US, and Asi…
 
This is a rebroadcast from May 1, 2019. Pianist Lee Dionne presents a program of Beethoven and Brahms on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Pianist Lee Dionne holds passion, imagination, and play at the core of his art. His performances have been described as “impressive” (NY Times) and “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and his interpre…
 
On Saturday, we revisit four musicians from the first year of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI). Made possible through a $3.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CMPI strives to build equality in classical music and provides training for diverse, dedicated musicians. The organization, in collaboration with nearly 30 Chicago…
 
This Saturday, we’ve got the last two in our summer survey of chamber groups from major music schools: the Ardente String Quartet from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, and Trio Primavera from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. We also hear Zoom interviews with two members: violinist Ella Saputra and cellist Jan Vargas Nedvetsky. Ardente Str…
 
This Saturday on Introductions, a trio of quartets. The Gemini String Quartet from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, the Precipice Saxophone Quartet from Merit School of Music, and the Infini Quartet from the MIC Academy. We also interview one member from each group: Isabel Chen (violin/viola), Cole Moorhead (soprano saxophone), and Kelly Kim…
 
This is a rebroadcast from May 29, 2019. The husband and wife duo Sung Chang and Esther Lee presents music for piano four hands by Bach, Liszt, and Piazzolla for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Husband and wife duo team, Sung Chang and Esther Lee have been playing together since 2010 while studying at Hochschule fuer Musik Thea…
 
This is a broadcast from July 10, 2019. Gabriel Martins and Joseph Liccardo present music for cello and piano by both Clara and Robert Schumann as well as a Beethoven sonata live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. American cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) is a prize-winner of the David Popper Inter…
 
This is a rebroadcast from July 17, 2019. Israeli-born pianist Tom Zalmanov joins us live under the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center with a program of Mozart, Chopin, and Scriabin for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Israeli-born pianist Tom Zalmanov (b. 1999) is a student at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music in Tel …
 
This Saturday, we feature two chamber ensembles from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory: Quartet Lucciola playing Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Bartók; and Trio Domino with Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Turina. We also interview a member from each group: violist Bella Kim and cellist Samuel Du. Quartet Lucciola Quartet Lucciola is a group from Midwest You…
 
This is a rebroadcast from July 24, 2019. Violinist Tara Ramsey is joined by collaborative pianist Daniel Pesca for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast with works by Mozart, Brahms, and Gershwin. Tara Lynn Ramsey enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, new music interpreter, orchestral musician, and teacher. She performs as vi…
 
This Saturday, we profile Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. We look back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her working as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner. Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from…
 
This is a rebroadcast from August 14, 2019. Young Steinway Artist award winning pianist Kimberly Han performs works by Bach, Haydn, and Chopin live under the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Kimberly Han, 18-year-old pianist and violinist, is from Lake Forest, Illinois of USA. She…
 
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.…
 
For WFMT’s Trailblazing Women in Music Month, Introductions features two all-female trios: the Insieme Piano Trio from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy; and Trio Reine from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Insieme Piano Trio The Insieme Piano Trio is comprised of Sonya Jones and Abigail Park, violins/violas; and Ashley Kim, piano. All thre…
 
Marco A. Villela, 17, trumpet and vocals This Saturday we feature Esencia Vol. 2, the fourth and newest album from Chicago ensemble Mariachi Herencia de México. Founded four years ago as a student group in Chicago Public Schools and still comprised of teenagers, the group’s debut album was nominated for a Grammy. This most recent release is a colle…
 
This Saturday, we feature three chamber groups: one each of strings, winds, and brass. We also talk to one member of each group: pianist Colin Song, about to major in Neuroscience at Emory University; bassoonist Abigail Lopez, about to study Music at DePaul; and freshman trombonist Owen Riordan, about being the newest member of an established quart…
 
The multi Grammy Award winner clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Paquito D’Rivera visits with Fiesta and speaks with Elbio Barilari about his career, his influences, and his classical music repertoire. We will feature a variety of Paquito’s music from his long and illustrious catalog. The post Paquito D’Rivera Visits Fiesta! appeared first on WF…
 
Host, Elbio Barilari sits down with young Chicago violinist Alan Snow and pianist Joanne Chang. They will speak about some of the great composers of the violin from Mexico and they will perform for us in WFMT’s Fay and Daniel Levin Studio! The post Mexican Violin with Guests Alan Snow and Joanne Chang appeared first on WFMT.…
 
Both, US born Latino composers and composers that migrated from Latin America have written music reflecting the American experience in all its nuances. On this episode of Fiesta, we will share music about the immigrants’ journey and life in the United States. In addition, our host, Elbio Barilari, will speak about his own experiences coming to Amer…
 
The music written and performed in Spain Latin America during the Colonial period (16th to early 19th centuries) has become more popular in recent years. However, even before those treasures were rediscovered, several composers from those regions showed their interest in exploring the strong connections between Spanish (and European) music from the…
 
Erika L. Sánchez explains what it was like to live in Spain and to feel like she spoke a different language, even though it was still Spanish. Find Us Online: Hear the full interview with Sandra Cisneros Website: http://wfmt.com/bughouse Twitter: @StudsArchive Eve L. Ewing: @eveewing, https://eveewing.com/ Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexica…
 
The Rundown: Eve explains how much Sandra Cisneros’ writing means to her and how the stories resonate with her childhood in Chicago. Sandra Cisneros talks to Studs about the tradition of Chicano writers, the wisdom of her mother, and the representation of fierce women in her work. Erika L. Sánchez explains how some readers believe her work is repre…
 
Min Jin Lee explains the racism she experienced as a Korean-American living in Japan, and how that pulled at both her Korean and American selves. Look out for Episode 5 on February 1st, 2018! Find Us Online: Hear the full interview with Younghill Kang. Website: http://wfmt.com/bughouse Twitter: @StudsArchive Eve L. Ewing: @eveewing, https://eveewin…
 
The Rundown: Eve lays out Younghill Kang’s autobiographical immigrant stories and the looming ideological presence of the Japanese occupation of Korea. Younghill Kang talks to Studs about the growth of himself as an artist and writer and how it intertwines with the passage of history in Korea and the United States Min Jin Lee breaks down the compul…
 
We have more from our interview with Imani Perry! She describes the intimate friendships that Lorraine Hansberry had with James Baldwin and Nina Simone. Look out for Episode 4 on January 4th, 2018! Find Us Online: Hear the full interview with Lorraine Hansberry. Website: http://wfmt.com/bughouse Twitter: @StudsArchive Eve L. Ewing: @eveewing, https…
 
The Rundown: Eve explains why unearthing an interview with Lorraine Hansberry is so exciting and how restrictive covenants segregated cities across the country. Lorraine Hansberry talks to Studs about how critics praised *A Raisin in a Sun *as “not a typical Black play” and how she writes an affirmative hero. Dr. Imani Perry explores the life of Lo…
 
Before the next episode drops, we need to talk about Adam Mansbach’s contentious relationship with the singer of Baby Beluga. Look out for Episode 3 on December 7th, 2018! Find Us Online: Hear part one and part two of the full interview with Shel Silverstein. Website: http://wfmt.com/bughouse Twitter: @StudsArchive Eve L. Ewing: @eveewing, https://…
 
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