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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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Torin Bakke

Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Torin Bakke, Clarinet, winner of the CSO Youth Auditions

On this Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17 year old clarinetist Torin Bakke, winner of the 2014 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. Torin began studying the clarinet at the age of 10, because he was too small to play the bassoon. He quickly fell in love with the instrument, which he currently studies more…

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Kimberly Han, 14, piano

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 14 year old pianist Kimberly Han, an eighth grader at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Kimberly was just named the winner of the 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions.  As a result, she will perform in a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert during the more…

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

CYSO in China

Our producer Sophia Fedderson followed the members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as they toured China in June, 2014. Program: Zhou Long: Rhyme of Taigu Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra Mvt. V Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements II. III. John Williams: The Flying Theme from ET the Extraterrestrial On June 12, 2014, members of CYSO’s more…

Photo by Elena Snow

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

Jonas Tarm, Composer of Cancelled Carnegie Hall Work

Today we rebroadcast a program featuring compositions of award-winning composer Jonas Tarm of Highland Park, whose work “Marsh u Nebuttya” or “March to Oblivian” in Ukranian, was supposed to make its Carnegie Hall debut by the New York Youth Symphony this Sunday. The symphony administration pulled the work this week after learning that it includes more…

This program includes the "Klezmer Rhapsody" for solo cello, performed with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Two Outstanding Young Chicago Cellists

On today’s encore broadcast from 2010, we feature 16 year old cellist Allan Steele and 18 year old cellist Ben Friend in two very different performances. Steele was an Overall Open Division Winner of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition and won the opportunity to perform with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra. Ben Fried, a 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, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

Susie Lee, 18 piano

Listen to this broadcast again here. Susie Lee, 18, 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 studies with Dr. James more…

The prize for the winners of the DePaul Concerto Festival is the opportunity to perform with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers

The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform more…

Kimberly won the piano category in 2014 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Open Junior Division.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Kimberly Han, 13, piano

Kimberly Han, 13-year-old pianist and violinist, is an 8th grader from Deer Path Middle School of Lake Forest, Illinois. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 8 years. She also studies violin with Sonia Hadar at Music Institute of Chicago. Kimberly is a more…

The Contrapunctus Quartet of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program (Highwood, IL)

Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

Contrapunctus Quartet of Midwest Young Artists

Contrapunctus is a string quartet formed through Midwest Young Artists made up of 4 high school seniors from the Chicagoland area: violinist Alan Snow, 17, John Hersey High School, violinist James Hanford, 18, Evanston Township High School, violist Andrea Ferguson, 18, home schooled, and cellist Miles Link, 18, New Trier High School. Contrapunctus is coached more…

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

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

CYSO’s Encore Chamber Orchestra

Music performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Chamber Orchestra from their October, 2011 concert given at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago. Conducted by music director Allen Tinkham. Program: Pablo de Sarasate:  Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 featuring violinist Tabitha Oh Sergei Prokofiev:  Sinfonia Concertante, op. more…

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