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Saturdays at 11:00 am

Introductions features the Chicago-area’s talented pre-college classical musicians every week.  Soloists and small ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio, while larger ensembles are recorded at their home locations.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Yerin Yang, 13, piano

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 12 year old pianist Yerin Yang. Yering attends South Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  She started piano at age five and currently studies with Brenda Huang. Most recently, Yerin passed the preliminary rounds for the Cleveland International Piano Competition (Junior Division) and competed among 12 other contestants.   She more…


Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

Eric Stinehart, 18, viola and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Millennium Winds

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a violist and wind quintet. Eric Stinehart just graduated from New Trier High School, where he was the Principal Violist of the Symphony Orchestra. Eric started playing the violin at the age of 5 and switched over to viola in 8th grade.  Eric studies with Desirée Ruhstrat in Highland Park, IL. Eric more…


Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

String Quartet Diamant (2016 Gold Medal Fischoff Competition) and Cindy Yang, piano

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a string quartet and pianist. String Quartet Diamant recently won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, one of the most prestigious youth music competitions in the country. The quartet was formed at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Fall 2015.  Its more…


Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we present the Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus. Founded in 1964, Anima -The Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in America.  Anima has won several national awards, including the 2013 Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, the 2013 Chicago A Cappella Tribute Award, more…

Megan Torti

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

REBROADCAST: Megan Torti, 18, flute

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 18 year old flutist Megan Torti of Glen Ellyn. Megan is Principal Flute of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. To listen to her program again, please click here.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Kimberly Han, 15, piano, 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions Winner

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 15 year old pianist Kimberly Han. Kimberly is a freshman at Lake Forest High School. She is one of the eight 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholars. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half years old, and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 9 years. more…

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Eriko Darcy, piano

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature pianist Eriko Darcy. Eriko attends the Catherine Cook School in Chicago.  Eriko’s awards include: Winner of the Chicago Area Steinway Young Artist Competition, 1st place at the Roberta Savler Piano Competition, 1st place at the North Shore Music Teachers Association Piano Contest, and 1st place at the Chinese Fine more…

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

Music Institute of Chicago Academy 10th Anniversary Special

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present a program from the Introductions archive celebrating 10 years of outstanding music making at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago. The Academy was founded to serve as a training program for gifted pre-college musicians. Students take lessons with acclaimed faculty as well as music classes. Academy students have attended some more…


Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Akros Trio

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature the Akros Trio of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. The Akros Piano Trio is comprised of violinist Byron Fulop Laing, cellist Lydia Rhea, and pianist John Schindler.  The trio is coached by artist faculty members Rodolfo Vieira and Abraham Stokman. The trio members have individually won more…

Roger Shen

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Roger Shen, 17, piano

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 17 year old pianist Roger Shen. Roger is from Northbrook, IL, and he currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Roger’s current primary piano teacher is Dr. Jon Sakata at Exeter.  He has participated in programs such as the New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Advanced Piano Seminar, the Southeastern Piano Festival, more…

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