Benjamin Kolot began playing the piano at the age of four. At five, Ben had an audition with Mr. Emilio Del Rosario and joined Mr D’s class at the Music Institute of Chicago. Now an eighth grader in Marie Murphy school in Wilmette, Ben studies at Mrs. Brenda Huang’s piano studio. Most recently Ben won more…
Saturday, March 1, 2014 by David Polk
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Live from the Merit School of music, we bring you music from their annual Performathon music festival.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 by David Polk
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Program: JS Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major for Cello Solo, BWV 1009 Faure: Elegy op.24 for Cello and Piano Hindemith: Sonata for Cello Solo op. 25, No.3 Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor op.104
Saturday, February 15, 2014 by David Polk
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The MYA Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote: Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character. From their November, 2013 concert at Pick Staiger Concert hall in Evanston.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 by David Polk
Our previously scheduled live broadcast with the Bone Rangers Trombone Quartet of the Merit School of Music will be rescheduled for later this spring. In its place, we’ll hear the Encore Chamber Orchestra of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras in their spring 2013 performance. Music from Harold Washington Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium: William Walton and more…
Saturday, February 1, 2014 by David Polk
Listen to this program again here. Michaela Wellems, 18, is a Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studies violin with artist faculty members Almita and Roland Vamos. She began playing at the age of four and has won prizes in more…
Saturday, January 25, 2014 by David Polk
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Mimi Liu was a gifted pianist who performed on Introductions a few years ago as a member of the Chinese Fine Arts Society Youth Ensemble and as a student at the Merit School of Music. She died in October at age 20 in a tragic car accident on more…
Saturday, January 18, 2014 by David Polk
[Audio clip: view full post to listen] 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 more…
Saturday, January 11, 2014 by David Polk
Rebroadcast from December, 2012. Listen to this program again here. As the daughter of two professional musicians who have both loved and appreciated music since their childhoods, Masha Lakisova began her musical journey with the piano at age four. About a year after her first formal introduction to music, Masha began taking violin lessons with more…
Saturday, January 4, 2014 by David Polk
Winners from both the junior and senior divisions of MYA’s Walgreens National Concerto Competition, with the MYA Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Listen to the full program again here.