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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 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…

Replays on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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 Encore Chamber Orchestra's October, 2011 concert at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

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…

Triumvirate is a chamber ensemble of Midwest Young Artists.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Triumvirate of MYA

The Triumvirate is a piano-viola-clarinet trio of the Midwest Young Artists chamber program, and they have been playing together for one year. Under the directorship of Dr. Allan Dennis, MYA provides over 900 young artists with music education for jazz, orchestra, chamber, and theory. The group is coached by Dileep Gangolli, former assistant principal clarinetist more…

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

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…

Music from the Encore Chamber Orchestra's October, 2011 concert at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra in music of Philip Glass and Shostakovich

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.

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