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Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am

Introductions features the Chicago area’s finest pre-college classical musicians.  Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio, while larger ensembles are recorded at their home locations.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

LIVE: Noah Chen, 13, cello

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 13-year-old cellist Noah Chen from Chicago. Noah is a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen of Northwestern University. Noah was a winner at the 2017 DePaul Concerto Festival, and he was also the winner of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) 2016 Concerto Competition. As a result, he was featured more…

cso competition

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Winners

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the winners of the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. For decades, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has held a competition in order to give the opportunity of a lifetime to a young musician: the ability to perform with the CSO. The competition rotates instrumentation every three years with strings, more…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico: A Mexican Independence Day Celebration

On Saturday’s broadcast, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a program featuring Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, a mariachi ensemble made up of pre-college students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios. The majority of the musicians in the ensemble are classically trained. The group’s debut album, Nuestra Herencia, released in May and hit #2 on iTunes’ Latin chart. The more…

Quartet Bellezza

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

Quartet Bellezza: 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Medal

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Quartet Bellezza of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. Quartet Bellezza was the winner of the Junior Gold Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, one of the most prestigious competitions in the country for young classical musicians. Their members include 15-year-old violinist Masha more…

Kartoshka

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

Kartoshka Quartet

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Kartoshka Quartet of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) in Highwood, Illinois. The members of the quartet include 16-year-old violinist Rachel Hsu, 17-year-old violinist Eleanor Goes, 18-year-old violist Sofiya Kyrylyuk, and 18-year-old cellist Julia Ilhardt. They are coached by Desirée Ruhstrat. Kartoshka Quartet was formed at (MYAC) in 2016 and has more…

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert at Symphony Center

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature highlights from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (CYSO) spring concert at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago. This concert concluded the orchestra’s 70th season. For more information about the CYSO, please click here.       Program:  Carnival Overture, Op.92, Antonín Dvořák   Infinite Tree, Glenn Kotche   Symphony No. 6 in more…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

Odysseus Trio

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Odysseus Trio of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. The members of Odysseus Trio include 15-year-old pianist Alice Zhang, 17-year-old violinist Anna Stenzel, and 17-year-old cellist Adam Lee, and they are coached by Lyudmila Lakisova. The trio competed in the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, more…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

Chicago National Duo Piano Youth Competition

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature junior and senior division finalists from the Chicago Duo Piano Youth Competition. The competition was held on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. For more information about the competition and the Music Institute of Chicago, please click here.     Program:    Junior more…

Astera

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

REBROADCAST: Astera String Quartet

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature the Astera String Quartet of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. To listen to this program again, please click here.

EDR Competition 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition Finalists Part 2 of 2

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the second of two programs highlighting finalists from the 2017 Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition. This program features the finalists of the senior division. The final round of the competition took place at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 6. The competition more…

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