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The Dame Myra Hess 40th Anniversary Concert with the Vermeer & Arianna String Quartets

October 18, 2017, 12:15 pm

The combined forces of the Vermeer and Arianna String Quartets present a single work on today’s program, the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, Op.20 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. Vermeer Quartet  Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin Mathias Tacke, Violin Richard Young, Viola Nicole Johnson, Cello Arianna String Quartet John McGrosso, Violin Julia Sakharova, Violin Joanna …


Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (36’)
I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Presto
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

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Dover Quartet

By Mary Mazurek |

2013 Banff winners and Northwestern University Bienen School of Music’s quartet-in-residence joins us for an evening of live music from the Levin Studio at WFMT. Dover Quartet Joel Link Bryan Lee Melina Pajaro-Van De Stadt Camden Shaw  

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Milton String Quartet

October 11, 2017, 12:15 pm

The 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal winners, the Milton String Quartet present a program of Mozart and Mendelssohn live for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Milton String Quartet Maïthéna Girault, Violin Roman Fraser, Violin Evan Robinson, Viola Joshua Morris, Cello


Divertimento in F major, K. 138 (12′)
I.  Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op. 44 No.2 (24′)
I.   Allegro assai appassionato
II.  Allegro di molto
III. Andante
IV. Presto agitato
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

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Yingying Su

October 4, 2017, 12:14 pm

Pianist Yingying Su performs works of Bolcom and Brahms under the Tiffany glass dome from the Chicago Cultural Center. Live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts.


Selections from Three Dance Portraits (9’)
I. The Dead Moth Tango
II. Knock-Stück
William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 (27’)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

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The Strangers

September 25, 2017, 8:00 pm

The early music ensemble The Strangers present music for the High Holidays, including music of little-known Italian/Jewish composer Salomone Rossi. The Strangers Allison Selby Cook, soprano Josh R. Pritchett, alto/tenor Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor Constantine Novotny, baritone Joel Spears, theorbo



Keter Kadash Mizmor Lamnatseach Bar’chu

Ell moadei adonai Elohim Hashiveinu
(The Strangers)

Johannes Hieronymous Kapsberger (1580-1651)
(Joel Spears, Theorbo)


Ohime, se tanto amate Cor mio, deh non languire
(Allison Selby Cook, Soprano)

Cor mio, deh non languire
(The Strangers)

Fantasticaria detta gioviale,
Un bocconcino di fantasia, Bellerofonte Castaldi (1580-1649)
(Joel Spears, Theorbo)

Anima del cor mio
(Ryan Townsend Strand)

Udite lacrimosi Spirti d’Averno
(Constantine Novotny)

Udite lacrimosi Spirti d’Averno
(The Strangers)

Tirsi mio
(Allison Selby Cook)

Parlo misero
(Josh R. Pritchett)

Toccata IX
Partite variate sopra la folia aria,
Romanesca Chiaconna in partite variate, Alessandra Piccinini (1566-1638)
(Joel Spears, Theorbo)

Zeffiro Torna Vago augelletto
(Allison Selby Cook, Soprano & Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor)

Poiché mori dicesti
(Josh R. Pritchett, Tenor & Allison Selby Cook, Soprano)

Messaggier di speranza
(Josh R. Pritchett, Tenor & Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor)

(Constantine Novotny, Baritone, Josh R. Pritchett, Tenor, & Ensemble)

(The Strangers)

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At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February, Chicago Boasts Over 80 Nominees in 35 Categories

By Mary Mazurek |

This Grammy season, Chicago has a lot to celebrate. Sarah Jansen, the executive director of the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter, said the city boasts over eighty nominations across thirty-five different categories at the Chicago Grammy Membership Celebration/Nominee Party. The event took place on Tuesday, January 25, 2017 at the Chicago Athletic Association, where attendees spoke with WFMT about the role …