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Introductions

Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am
Rebroadcast Thursdays at 11:00 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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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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Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

LIVE: CYSO Principal Players, Quattro Voci

Quattro Voci is the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Player string quartet.  Consisting of violinists Shannon Kollasch (17) and Isabella Spinelli (16), violist Kayla Cabrera (16), and cellist Timothy Edwards (17), this group of CYSO section leaders lives up to the meaning of its name– “four voices” in Italian– by combining technique, passion, musicality, and more…

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

Atara String Quartet

Atara String Quartet is comprised of Hannah White and Karisa Chiu, violin; Tess Krope, viola; and Krystian Chiu, cello. All four students are Fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians. The quartet is coached by artist faculty member Mathias Tacke. Atara String Quartet was the first place more…

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…

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

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

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…

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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…

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