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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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The Winter Music Festival began in 1917.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble

We feature the New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble on this Saturday’s broadcast in a diverse program of music for wind and percussion instruments.  The ensemble was selected by the judges of the 2014 Chicagoland Band Festival at John Hersey High School to perform on Introductions.  Matt Temple is the director of bands at the more…

The MYA Symphony Orchestra performed this concert in Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

MYA Symphony Orchestra Plays The Rite of Spring

On this Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky’s ground breaking 20th century masterpiece The Rite of Spring. The MYA Symphony Orchestra performed this piece in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston as a part of their spring concert on Sunday, May 3, more…


Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

Fortis Piano Quartet

Fortis Piano Quartet was formed in the fall of 2014 by the chamber program of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a pre-college training program for highly gifted young musicians.  All four members are Fellows at the Academy. Joshua Brown, violinist/violist (15), Kitsho Hosotani, violinist/violist (15), Nathan Mo, cellist (16), and Daniel Szefer, piano (16) more…


Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

Shannon Kollasch, 17, violin and Campanella Children’s Choir

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a violin soloist and a children’s choir. Shannon Kollasch, 17, has been studying the violin for 14 years.  For the past ten years, she has studied under Desirée Ruhstrat of the Lincoln Trio. Shannon has served as the concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony and Encore Orchestras. Her more…

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

Joe Bricker, 18, percussion

Joseph Bricker, a senior at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, is currently co-principal percussionist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra. Joe has earned many distinguished honors, including the 2013 Fine Arts Scholar in Percussion and the 2014 Emerson Scholar in Percussion (for tuition-free six weeks of intensive more…

Music from the CYSO's June 2014 tour to China.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

CYSO Performs at Symphony Center

On this Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in selections from their November 23, 2014 concert at Symphony Center.  The program features cellist Lucie Ticho, winner of the CYSO Concerto Competition. For more information about the CYSO, please visit:         Program: Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96, more…

Tabitha Oh is one of the concertmasters of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

Tabitha Oh, violin

Listen to this program again here. On Saturday’s rebroadcast, we feature violinist Tabitha Oh, who studied at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. She studied the violin with Desiree Ruhstrat of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio.  Tabitha was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years where she served as one of three more…

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

Cathryn Cowell, 18, violin and Irish fiddle

Cathryn Cowell has been studying violin since the age of three. At the age of eleven, she made her orchestral debut at the DePaul Concert Hall, after winning the DePaul Community Concerto Festival. Cathryn is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra performing biannually at the Chicago Symphony Center and community concerts. She has more…


Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Maud Powell String Quartet

Named after Maud Powell (1867-1920), America’s first international violin superstar (who grew up in Aurora, Illinois), this premier string quartet from the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra is coached by Karen Basrak, cellist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The members include Jacob Song (Barrington High School), Mike Priller (Rolling Meadows High School), Claire Wright (Home schooled), and Paul Christian (Glenbard West more…

Susie is the Principal Pianist in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Encore Chamber Orchestra, where she was a finalist in the CYSO Concerto Competition.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

Susie Lee, 18, piano

On this Saturday’s rebroadcast, we feature 18 year old pianist Susie Lee.  Susie is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. She commenced her studies at the age of four. Susie has studied with teachers of the Music Institute of Chicago, including Emilio del Rosario, Micah Yui, and Brenda Huang. Susie currently more…

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