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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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The members of Quartet Fuoco were the 2014 Gold Medalists in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Fischoff Competition Winners: Quartet Fuoco of Midwest Young Artists

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Quartet Fuoco is a chamber ensemble of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Highwood, IL. It’s members, all the principal players in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra, are Rachel Stenzel (17) and Aidan Perreault (16), violins; David Berghoff (18), viola; and Chris Gao (17), cello. They are coached by Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi (formerly more…

The CYSO was invited to perform the opening night concert of the 2014 IMEA Conference in Peoria.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra in music of Philip Glass and Shostakovich

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Music of Philip Glass that showcases just how suspenseful the key of C major can be and one of Dmitri Shostakovich’s most personal works. The Encore Chamber Orchestra of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras performed this in April, 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Conducted by Music Director more…

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…

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