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30 Under 30

Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov

Friday, February 27 throughout the day

WFMT has long encouraged and showcased up-and-coming young classical musicians – notably on the weekly series Introductions, and on From the Top. Today, tune in as we bring you recordings by 30 exciting young artists under 30 who are making themselves heard in a big way in Chicago and around the world, performers who we’re keeping our eye on and composers, too. Do you have any other suggestions? Post them below in the comments.

Our 30 (in no particular order):

-Daniil Trifonov (pictured), pianist, was born in 1991 and won the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
-Elizabeth Ogonek, composer, one of the next Mead Composer in Residents at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
-Nathan Laube, organist, Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music (and Chicagoan).
-Wlad Marhulets, composer, was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago to write “The Property,” a klezmer opera, which premiered this week at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center.
-Gabriel Cabezas, cellist, was the third-ever performer featured on “Introductions” and last summer was featured on WFMT again — this time as a soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
-Matthew Aucoin, composer and conductor, is the current Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago to write a children’s opera, which will have its premiere at the Lincoln Park Zoo in August.
-Samuel Adams, composer, one of the next Mead Composer in Residents at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We’ll feature a work commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, which was performed (and broadcast on WFMT) both at the Grant Park Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall (this performance will also broadcast on WFMT this summer).
-J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano, current member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago and selected as one of 20 finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, which takes place in June.
-Ed Frasier Davis, Chicago-based composer in his 20s.
-Caleb Hudson, trumpet, is in his late 20s.
-Ben Beilman, violin, is in his late 20s.
-Lionel Bringuier, Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, is 28 years old.
-Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist, was born in 1992.
-Rafal Blechacz, pianist, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the first Polish winner in many years, also winner of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award
-Edgar Moreau, cellist, was born in 1994.
-Nicola Benedetti, violinist, born 1987.
-Dover String Quartet, we’ll feature a WFMT recording from a recent “Impromptu,” and the members of this rising-star ensemble are all under 30.
-Conrad Tao, pianist, born in 1994.
-Yuja Wang, pianist, celebrated her 28th birthday earlier this month.
-Charlie Siem, violinist, was born in 1986.
-Tine Thing Helseth, trumpeter, was born in Norway in 1987.
-Ingolf Wunder, pianist, was born in September 1985 and took third place in the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition, winning the Concerto Prize and also a contract with DG.
-Lise de la Salle, pianist, was born in 1988.
-Khatia Buniatishvili, pianist, was born in 1987.
-Sean Chen, pianist, was born in 1988.
-Judith Jauregui, pianist, born in 1985 in San Sebastian, Spain.
-Yulianna Avdeeva, pianist, born in 1985 and winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition.
-Matthew Lipman, violist, born in 1992, has performed on “Introductions” several times and now performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer

Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 pm

Hear Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos featuring soloists from the orchestra and conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, who also plays harpsichord. Recorded at Symphony Center last November.

From the CSO’s website about this performance: “Among Bach’s most beloved and celebrated works, his six Brandenburg Concertos demonstrate some of the most daring and innovative instrumental scoring in the entire Baroque repertoire. Whether the ground-breaking blend of hunting horns and oboes with strings of No. 1, the bright piccolo trumpet of No. 2 (which inspired Paul McCartney’s Penny Lane) or the remarkable No. 5 in which the harpsichord strikes out alone above the orchestra for virtuosic glory, this flawless collection of gems is pure delight.

Guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer calls the Brandenburg concertos “the summit of high-Baroque instrumental music” and describes them as standing out from anything else written during that era because of their striking individuality.”

Folkstage: John Roberts and Debra Cowan

John Roberts and Debra Cowan

John Roberts and Debra Cowan

Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 pm

Host Rich Warren welcomes performers John Roberts and Debra Cowan for an engaging live broadcast from WFMT’s Levin Studio.

John and Debra “firmly believe that folk music is not a spectator sport. They can turn any audience into a chorale by patiently teaching sometimes complicated and often tongue-tying choruses, along with familiar songs. Whether the venue is a coffeehouse, auditorium, or living room, listeners leave a Roberts-Cowan performance smiling and often singing, knowing that the song is the star, and singing is what keeps great songs alive.”

Join us for what promises to be a great evening!

From the Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

Saturday, February 28 at 12:00 pm

The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Toby Spence as Tamino, Miah Persson as Pamina, Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro, and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night.

Adam Fischer conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this well-received performance from fall 2014.

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Terrance McKnight

Terrance McKnight

Friday, February 27 at 8:00 pm

From WQXR/WNYC in New York comes this Black History Month special highlighting the vital significance of music in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and throughout the turbulent 1960s civil-rights movement.

Terrance McKnight hosts this inspiring program, in which he shares music samples and portions of Dr. King’s speeches and sermons.

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Rudolf Buchbinder

Rudolf Buchbinder

Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 pm

The New York Phil’s music director Alan Gilbert conducts with renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Also hear Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique.

Buchbinder, a Czech native, has been a fixture on the classical music scene for a very long time — he was admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule at age five, and remains the youngest student ever to gain entrance to the prestigious school.

San Francisco Symphony in Concert featuring Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin

Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 pm

David Robertson conducts the San Francisco Symphony in this concert that features pianist Marc-André Hamelin. The program includes Carter’s Variations for Orchestra, Ravel’s Left-Hand Piano Concerto in D, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel’s La Valse, and an encore of Dutilleux’ Symphony No. 2.

Award-winning pianist Marc-André Hamelin is a native of Montreal, but is now a resident of Boston. He has appeared in recital and with symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles all over the world. You can hear his many recordings exclusively on Hyperion Records.

Guest Host: Lyric Opera’s Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis

Wednesday, February 25 at 1:00 pm

In the wake of last night’s premiere of Weinberg’s The Passenger, Lyric Opera’s music director and principal conductor Sir Andrew Davis joins Kerry Frumkin as guest host to share some of his favorite recordings.

Sir Andrew is also chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. His contract with Lyric Opera was recently extended through the 2020-2021 season.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts: The Passenger plus Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner: Lyric Opera’s Anthony Freud

Amanda Majeski

Amanda Majeski

Tuesday, February 24 at 7:15 pm

Tune in for another Lyric Opera premiere, as WFMT brings you the opening night broadcast of The Passenger by Meiczyslaw Weinberg.

This critically acclaimed and dramatic opera dealing with themes of the Holocaust was neglected for more than 40 years, and this gripping production stars Ryan Opera Center alumna Amanda Majeski, Daveda Karanas, and Brandon Jovanovich. The action takes place on the white deck of a luxury ocean liner, transposed against the unspeakable horror of a Nazi death camp below it.

The opera is sung in Russian, German, Polish, French, Yiddish, Greek, Czech, and English. Sir Andrew Davis conducts, and as always, this live broadcast is hosted by WFMT’s Suzanne Nance and Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines.

Tonight (Monday) at 10:30 pm after Carnegie Hall Live, stay tuned as the late Andrew Patner discusses this opera with Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud. This interview was taped at the 2014 Chicago Humanities Festival, and this will mark one of the last new episodes of Critical Thinking.

Carnegie Hall Live: Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Beethoven with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes

Monday, February 23 at 7:00 pm

For this new entry in the Carnegie Hall Live series, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as he performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerti #s 2, 3, and 4. This presentation, in partnership with WQXR/New York, is part of Andsnes’ ambitious Beethoven Journey, to record and perform all five Beethoven concertos for piano and orchestra, plus the Fantasy for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra. He has now played them on concert stages in 55 cities and 22 countries.

WFMT will lead up to the event throughout the day with recordings by Andsnes and by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.