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Introductions

Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am
Rebroadcast Thursdays at 10:00 pm

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Tabitha Oh, 18, violin

Listen to this program again here. Tabitha Oh, 18, is a senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. She studies the violin with Desiree Ruhstrat of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio. This is Tabitha’s fourth year as a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra where she serves as one of three concertmasters. Recent more…

15 year old pianist Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

Pianist Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky, 15

A rebroadcast from 2012, which is available for on-demand listening here. Natalie Nedvetsky, 15, is a piano student at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago where she studies with Elaine Felder. Natalie is a laureate of numerous local and international piano competitions. She made her concerto debut at the age of 11 with more…

No Introductions due to Operathon

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

Operathon: No Introductions

Tune in today to hear our all-day marathon broadcast from the Civic Opera House. We’ll hear from major stars, Lyric staff and many others speaking in support of Lyric’s education programs. Introductions will return next week.

Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

Rebroadcast:18 year old violinist Kelly Talim, will be featured on HBO in October

Recently, Kelly was invited to be featured in HBO: Masterclass with Joshua Bell and traveled to New York and London in late April to participate in the filming of this show. Earlier in the year, Kelly also received a nomination for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Among her other achievements are competing in the more…

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Piano Concerto Competition Finals — Part 2 of 2

Three young winners from around the world performed in the finals of the Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Young Artist Piano Competition. The competition took place in March at Orchestra Hall and students performed a full concerto with the New Millennium Orchestra. Our Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner hosted this event organized in honor of the late more…

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Piano Concerto Competition Finals

Three young winners from around the world performed in the finals of the Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Young Artist Piano Competition. The competition took place in March at Orchestra Hall and students performed a full concerto with the New Millennium Orchestra. Our Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner hosted this event organized in honor of the late more…

Hansuh is a student at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

16 year old violinist Hansuh Rhee

Listen to this program again here. Hansuh Rhee, age 16, is the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellow and Rachel Barton Pine Scholar of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studies privately with Roland and Almita Vamos. She began her violin studies at age 7, teachers including more…

Kathryn will be attending Northwestern University in the fall of 2014 majoring in both flute performance and liberal arts.

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Kathryn Chiodo, 18, Flute

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Kathryn Chiodo began playing the flute at the age of ten and has been studying under Hideko Amano for the past seven years. She has won numerous competitions including the Chicago Flute Club Junior Division, Society of American Musicians Junior Division, and Honorable Mention for the Walgreens Concerto Competition in the Senior Division. In 2014, more…

Mikowai currently studies at the Music Institute of Chicago under Ralph Neiweem and Claire Aebersold.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Pianist Mikowai Ashwill

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Eighteen-year-old pianist Mikowai Ashwill was born in California. He began his musical studies at age nine and currently studies at the Music Institute of Chicago under Ralph Neiweem and Claire Aebersold. He is a scholarship recipient of the National Chopin Foundation Scholarship 2012, and a Musichorale Scholarship competition winner in 2014. Along with these awards, more…

The members of the Bone Rangers are students at the Merit School's Tuition-Free Conservatory.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet of the Merit School of Music

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Today on Introductions our guests are the members of the Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet of the Merit School of music. This past year, they received an Honorable Mention at the Midwest Young Artists’ Discover National Chamber Music Competition. Ensemble members: 15 year old Madeline Deanne, a 9th grader at Evergreen Park Community High School 15 more…

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