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      Live from Mayne Stage host Dennis Moore

      Live from Mayne Stage host Dennis Moore

      Live from Mayne Stage, hosted by Dennis Moore, originates from Mayne Stage, the exciting new midsize performance venue formerly known as the Morse Theatre in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, and will showcase a variety of acclaimed classical soloists and top ensembles from the Chicago area, performing for a live studio audience as well as radio listeners throughout the area and beyond, via WFMT's streaming service.

      The 299-seat Mayne Stage utilizes a 48-track digital live broadcast environment designed in consultation with a team of engineers to meet the high standards of WFMT. The seating arrangement is informal and relaxed, combining the intimacy and ambience of a classic nightclub with the focus of a modern concert venue.

      The Mayne Stage
      1328 W. Morse Ave, Chicago

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      May 08, 2011

      Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo

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      Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell

      The duo of Mark Maxwell and Anne Waller has performed the repertoire for two guitars and contributed to it through their arrangements of works originally composed for other instruments. As part of their Live from Mayne Stage performance, they will share their love for nineteenth century guitar duo music by performing it on original instruments. Soundboard magazine wrote of Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, "Great playing! This duo delivers the goods from moment to moment and piece to piece."


      • Ferdinando Carulli - Andante varié et Rondeau de Beethoven
      • J. K. Mertz - Unruhe (GB 419) and Der Ball, Op. 38 (GB 745)
      • Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars and Orchestra (Arranged for two guitars by Waller and Maxwell)
      • Manuel de Falla - Suite from El Amor Brujo (Arr. Waller and Maxwell)

      May 15, 2011

      Avalon String Quartet

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      Avalon String Quartet

      American Record Guide said: "It would be hard to overpraise the polished, adroit, deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous playing of the Avalon String Quartet." Quartet members are Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang, violins, Anthony Devroye, viola and Cheng-Hou Lee, cello. The Quartet is in residence at Northern Illinois University, a position formerly held by the Vermeer Quartet. Described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you - ear, mind, and spirit - into its music," the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country's leading ensembles.


      • Osvaldo Golijov - Tenebrae
      • Steve Reich - Different Trains

      May 22, 2011

      DePaul University School of Music Faculty Jazz Quintet

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      Bob Lark, trumpet & flugelhorn

      DePaul University School of Music Faculty Jazz Quintet is Bob Lark, trumpet & flugelhorn; Mark Colby, tenor saxophone; Bob Palmieri, guitar; Kelly Sill, bass; and Bob Rummage, drums


      • Bye, Bye, Blackbird - Mort Dixon & Ray Henderson
      • Cathy's Song - Bob Lark
      • Mad Dan's - Bob Lark
      • On Green Dolphin Street - Bronislau Kaper & Ned Washington
      • Suggestions - Bob Lark
      • Riley's Thang - Mark Colby

      May 29, 2011

      Chicago Trombone Consort

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      Chicago Trombone Consort

      The Chicago Trombone Consort includes nine of Chicago's elite trombonists, including members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, and Illinois Philharmonic as well as faculty members of Indiana, DePaul and Northwestern Universities. The CTC repertory includes new and original works for trombone ensemble, and arrangements ranging from Renaissance music to the blues. This ensemble's talent is capable of producing a sonic range from the intimacy of a 3-part baroque trio sonata to a 10-voice choir with decibels equaling the full power of a large church organ. Hear more from the Chicago Trombone Consort at chicagotromboneconsort.com

      Program - Music by Gabrieli, Barfield, Widor, Piazzolla, Frescobaldi, J. S. Bach, Macmillan, Deemer, Delibes, and Verdi.

      June 05, 2011

      Hugh Russell, baritone and Craig Terry, piano

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      Craig Terry

      Manitoba native Hugh Russell has been consistently hailed for his beautiful voice, dramatic gifts and interpretive originality. Highlights of this season include his UK debut as Virginio in Mercadante's Virginia at the Wexford Festival and performances of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony. Mr. Russell has been featured on the orchestral stage with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, and the Symphonies of San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, and many others. Mr. Russell has performed at New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Vancouver Opera, among many other companies.

      Pianist Craig Terry has launched an international career performing with some of the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry is in his sixth season as Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Mr. Terry has performed with vocalists Sir Thomas Allen, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Kate Lindsey, Danielle De Niese, Susanna Phillips, Patricia Racette, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Hugh Russell, Garrett Sorenson, and Amber Wagner. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic.

      Program: - Music by Haydn, Mahler, Confrey, and Novello

      June 12, 2011

      Michael Miles and Friends

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      Michael Miles

      Michael Miles - banjo, guitar and vocals
      David Jennings - vibraphone
      Bob Lizik - electric bass
      Geraldo de Oliveira - percussion
      Jill Kaeding - cello
      Chihsuan Yang - violin

      Michael J. Miles is a composer and producer of 'musical documentaries for the stage' with a specialty in clawhammer banjo, fingerstyle guitar and vocals. He is one of America's most inventive clawhammer banjo players. The Chicago Tribune's critic Howard Reich said that, "Everything Miles plays is worth savoring." "Give the banjo to Michael Miles and you'll hear a mighty soul-stirring sound" said the Chicago Sun-Times.

      His work includes bold orchestrations with string quartet, vibes, flugelhorn, trumpet, percussion, banjo harmony and vocals. Miles has collaborated with world-class players--Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Young, and the Chamber Blues String Quartet. His one man show, "From Senegal to Seeger: Stories of the American Banjo and his newest work "The Tin Pan Alley Times" with trumpeter David Young are his current signature works. His newest CD col•lage was released in January 2011. Michael Miles has been featured at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall, Royal Opera Theatre of Marakesh, Chicago's Harris Theatre, Old Town School of Folk Music, Ravinia Festival and the all new Musical Instrument Museum.

      Program - Music by J. S. Bach and Michael J. Miles, as well as Take Five by Paul Desmond, and traditional Irish and American music.

      June 19, 2011

      No Broadcast

      June 26, 2011

      Andreas Kapsalis & and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo

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      Andreas Kapsalis & and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo

      The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo represents the perfect alliance of ten-fingered guitar virtuosity, outstanding melodic themes, and dynamic rhythmic variations. Kapsalis' Spanish-inflected playing complements their previously unexplored style that challenges the boundaries of pop music structure, juxtaposing his style with the world-renowned Serbian compositional and improvisational mind of Goran Ivanovic. Goran's unique and rarely found talents set you forth on a cinematic array of emotions. Sophisticated, yet rebellious, this acoustic ensemble nods its head towards tradition but totally disregards technical conventions. They experiment in the melding of classical, various styles of traditional folk, and rock music, each receiving equal time.


      • Greek Folk: Dance of the black sea district (arr. Kapsalis/Ivanovic)
      • Kapsalis/Ivanovic: Vertigo
      • Ennio Morricone: Chi mai (arr. Kapsalis/Ivanovic)
      • Kapsalis/Ivanovic: Karate
      • Kapsalis/ Ivanovic: Shattered
      • Kapsalis/Ivanovic: Arrhythmia
      • Kapsalis/Ivanovic: The Imposter
      • Kapsalis/Ivanovic: Shadow Thief

      July 03, 2011

      Artists from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

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      Artists from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

      WFMT welcomes talented young musicians from the famed Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. The Steans Music Institute is Ravinia's summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. Through its three programs—jazz, piano and strings, and singers—young artists at the Steans Music Institute attend master classes given by musical luminaries, have daily coaching with the institute's faculty, and present recitals offered as part of Ravinia Festival's summer programming. Many of the institute's alumni have gone on to achieve notable successes in solo performance, opera, jazz, and chamber music.

      July 10, 2011

      Kevin Cole Plays Gershwin

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      Kevin Cole

      Kevin Cole, America's Pianist, is the top performer of works from The Great American Songbook and concert works of their great American composers. He delights audiences with a repertoire including the best of 20th Century American music. Cole's performances in general and his interpretation of George Gershwin in particular have prompted accolades from many of America's most prominent music critics. He is regarded as the foremost interpreter of George Gershwin compositions according to members of the Gershwin family:

      "When Kevin Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work...Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today."
      —Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

      Kevin Cole's symphonic engagements include sold-out performances with Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl), National Symphony (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.), BBC Concert Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall, London), Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Cincinnati Pops, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada), The Gilmore Keyboard Festival (Michigan), Indianapolis Symphony, Qualcomm Hall (California), and many others.

      Festival appearances as featured soloist include Millennium Park (Chicago), Grant Park (Chicago), First Annual George and Ira Gershwin Festival (Oceanside, CA), Minnesota Orchestra Music Fest, and Ravinia Festival (Chicago). Cole's first appearance at Chicago's Ravinia Festival was named one of the ten best concerts of the year by the Chicago Tribune. His performance with the Minnesota Orchestra was selected one of the ten best of the year by the Minneapolis Star

      July 17, 2011

      Civitas Ensemble

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      Civitas Ensemble

      CIVITAS is a new performing arts group comprised of members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The goals of Civitas are to provide classical chamber music at the highest possible level to people who are passionate about live music, to present educational programs to young audiences, and also to bring music to those who would have limited access to the healing power of live classical music. Civitas strives to achieve these goals through creative programming which includes working with other nonprofit organizations, collaborating with other artists and visual arts, and presenting new compositions.

      Members of Civitas are: Yuan-Qing Yu – Violin, Assistant Concertmaster of Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Kozue Funakoshi – Violin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Olsen – Cello, Assistant Principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Lawrie Bloom - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Winston Choi – Piano, Head of Piano Department of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


      • Dvorak: Four Miniatures for two violins and viola
      • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

      July 24, 2011

      Rush Hour Encores: Quintet Attacca

      Jennifer Clippert, flute; Erica Anderson, oboe; Barbara Drapcho, clarinet; Collin Anderson, bassoon; Jeremiah Frederick, horn

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      Quintet Attacca

      Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago's most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet has spent the past three years in residence with the Chicago Chamber Musicians' Professional Development Program. Quintet Attacca is also proud to be in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and Lake Forest College.

      Quintet Attacca is one of only two wind quintets in the 35-year history of the Fischoff Competition to have received the Grand Prize. Quintet Attacca is an ensemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences: to this end, the quintet has played in venues across the Midwest, with extensive programming in Chicago. Quintet Attacca has reached audiences from Italy to New York to concert halls all over the Chicago area. Recent performances have included the "First Monday Series" at the Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University's Jewel Box Series, a week-long educational residency with the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, and the quintet's fourth annual "Q&A with QA" at the Music Institute in Evanston.

      Priding itself on its innovative programming, Quintet Attacca enjoys presenting concerts that are both accessible and cutting-edge. Programs have included works by Roberto Sierra, Eric Ewazen, Elliott Carter, Miguel de Aguila, Paquito d'Rivera, John Harbison, and Gyorgy Ligeti. Aditionally, five works have been written for the Quintet: David Smooke's Trompe L'oeil, Collin Anderson's Tangram, Dancas Brasilieras and Portrait by Rami Levin, and Dana McCormick's Two Episodes for Wind Quintet. New music projects have included a master class of young composers' works and a performance on Northwestern's New Music Marathon and an annual Call for Scores and performance at Lake Forest College.

      July 31, 2011

      Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano

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      Jorge Federico Osorio

      One of the pre-eminent pianists of our time, Jorge Federico Osorio is internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship and masterful command of the instrument. He has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Mr. Osorio's concert tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America, where he has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Klaus Tennstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, among many others. American festival appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Newport and Grant Park Festivals.

      This past July, Mr. Osorio performed all five Beethoven Concerti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in back-to-back concerts. Chicagoclassicalreview.com praised his performances as "revelatory on virtually every level." In May, Mr. Osorio played Liszt's Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center to great critical acclaim. "With his sterling technique Osorio can roar through this beloved Romantic concerto with the best of them..." (Chicago Tribune). Of Mr. Osorio's 2007 New York Lincoln Center recital The New York Times proclaimed, "the sweep and freshness of his readings made his performance impossible to resist."

      A prolific recording artist, Mr. Osorio has recorded a wide variety of repertoire, including a Brahms solo CD that Gramophone hailed as "one of the most distinguished discs of Brahms' piano music in recent years." Other recordings by Mr. Osorio include Beethoven's Five Piano Concerti and Choral Fantasy, Brahms Concerto No. 2, and concerti by Chávez, Mozart, Ponce, Rachmaninov, Rodrigo, Schumann and Tchaikovsky.

      Recipient of several international prizes and awards, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Gina Bachauer Award and the Rhode Island International Master Piano Competition, Mr. Osorio is passionately involved in the performance of chamber music. In addition to having served as artistic director of the Brahms Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, he has performed in a piano trio with violinist Mayumi Fujikawa and cellist Richard Markson, and has collaborated with violinists Ani Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira and Henryk Szeryng. He is also a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.

      August 07, 2011

      Alexander Djordjevic, Piano

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      Alexander Djordjevic

      Pianist Alexander Djordjevic is known for his "formidable talent and technique," "profound poetic sensitivity" and "elegant, expressive, yet powerful and electrifying playing." The Washington Post has declared him "a constant infusion of original insight." Gramophone Magazine proclaimed him "a fine young pianist."

      "Djordjevic's mastery and commitment are never in doubt," writes Gramophone Magazine about his latest CD release, Gray Clouds: Piano Music of Franz Liszt, which is the 2010 recipient of the Hungarian Liszt Society's 35th Annual Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque. Alexander Djordjevic follows an esteemed list of notable pianists who have received this honor for their Liszt recordings including Alfred Brendel, Maurizio Pollini and Vladimir Horowitz.

      As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Djordjevic studied under Russian pianist and pedagogue Vitaly Margulis at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and was awarded the Aufbaustudium Diploma "With Distinction." He also studied piano at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he earned his Undergraduate and Master's degrees and completed the Doctoral coursework. Mr. Djordjevic was a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions and has won acclaim for his concerto and recital performances in the United States and Europe.

      He has released two CDs: Gray Clouds: Piano Music of Franz Liszt (2009), which features rarely performed late piano works of Franz Liszt; and Alexander Djordjevic Plays Scarlatti – Beethoven – Chopin – Rachmaninov – Liebermann (2000).


      • Frederic Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23
      • Frederic Chopin: Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2 in C-sharp minor
      • Frederic Chopin: Étude, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major, Tristesse
      • Frederic Chopin: Étude, Op. 10, No. 4 in C-sharp minor
      • Frederic Chopin: Étude, Op. 10, No. 5 in G-flat major, Black Keys
      • Franz Liszt: Impromptu, S.191
      • John Cage: In a Landscape
      • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in A minor, Op. 39, No. 6, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
      • Frederic Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, Heroic

      August 14, 2011

      Adam Del Monte, Flamenco Guitar

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      Adam Del Monte

      One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention. Always having incorporated a wide array of musical styles in his compositions, del Monte and a group of extraordinary musicians, have embarked on a journey of creating a unique sound and language of flamenco that is both steeped in tradition and progressive in its openness to musical flavors from around the world.

      First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam del Monte is one of the new generations dynamic force in both flamenco and classical guitar. He studied flamenco & classical guitar in Spain, Israel & England. Adam was both influenced by and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco. He too set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leading-edge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar. An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.

      He has been commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a 'progressive' flamenco piece entitled 'Cambio de Aire'. Adam has been on the studio guitar department faculty at USC since 2000, where he teaches flamenco and classical guitar.

      (All flamenco dance compositions written by Adam del Monte — the type of dance or style is listed first — the title next)

      • Solea — "A Pepe Habichuela"
      • Minera — "Sombras del Paraiso"
      • Alegria — "Jazzmenco"
      • Seguiriya — "Llantos de la Juderia"
      • Francisco Tarrega (composer) "Caprichio Arabe"
      • Jaleo — "Dahab"
      • Alergria — "Luz Verde"
      • Granaina — "Los Bilbilikos"
      • Buleria — "Asi lo siento yo"

      September 11, 2011

      The Lincoln Trio

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      The Lincoln Trio

      Ensemble-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago

      Praised for their "joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone", the Lincoln Trio has become Chicagoʼs most celebrated chamber ensemble. The Lincoln Trio - Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello and Marta Aznavoorian, piano - takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The Trio's polished presentations of well-known chamber works and their ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire has led to the group's reputation as a first rate ensemble, drawing an eclectic audience of sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs, and students discovering chamber music for the first time.

      Bringing together performing experience spanning the globe, each member is an artist of international renown. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat has performed throughout the US and Europe, appearing at the White House and performing on live radio broadcast heard around the world with the Berlin Radio Orchestra; cellist David Cunliffe has performed with the BBC and Royal Scottish orchestras as well as touring as a member of the Balanescu Quartet; pianist Marta Aznavoorian has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.

      Formed in 2003, the Trio has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the Ravinia Music Festival, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven Chamber Music Series, Oakmont Chamber Music Series, and many other venues. Champions of new music, the Lincoln Trio has performed numerous compositions written especially for them, including premieres of seven works by members of the Chicago Composers Consortium, works by Stacy Garrop and Laura Schwendinger, Misha Zupko, "Moon Jig", by composer Augusta Read Thomas during her tenure as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, and most recently an award-winning work by young ASCAP winner Conrad Tao.


      • 2 movements from Piano Trio by Lera Auerbach
      • Pale Yellow and Fiery Red, by Jennifer Higdon
      • Café Music, 2nd movement, by Paul Schoenfield
      • Ghost Trio, 1st movement, by Beethoven
      • Danny Boy

      September 18, 2011

      William Cernota, Cello and Eric Weimer, Piano

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      William Cernota and Eric Weimer

      William Cernota, violoncello, has been a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1982 and has chaired its members and negotiating committees since 1997. From 1982 to 1996 he was a substitute cellist with the Chicago Symphony. While a student of Chicago Symphony Principal Cellist Frank Miller, he was Principal Cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has also held principal cello positions with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Peninsula Music Festival. He performed the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata on a national broadcast from WFMT as part of its "Schubert Live" Series and was a soloist on two European tours of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.

      William is currently on the adjunct music faculties of both Northwestern and Loyola Universities. With special interests in new as well as old music, William appears regularly in contemporary music concerts and has also performed on baroque cello with several period instrument groups. William resides with his wife, Maria, and his daughter, Naomi, in Chicago where he also works as a research scientist at Fermalogic, Incorporated and recently completed the Masters in Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

      Eric Weimer has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coach/Assistant Conductors in the international opera world. Through his work at some of the world's leading companies—in particular, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bayreuth Festival, but also the San Francisco Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra—he has prepared some 150 productions, collaborating with most of the world's greatest opera maestri: James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Bruno Bartoletti, Donald Runnicles, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Thielemann, and Georg Solti. In this work, he has coached and worked closely with virtually all the major singers active on the international opera stage.

      A former musicologist-Dr. Weimer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of Opera seria and the Evolution of Classical Style—he is also in great demand as a coach of young singers. He joined the music staff of the Ryan Opera Center (training wing of Lyric Opera of Chicago) in 1992 and teaches there every summer.


      • Sonata #4 for Cello & Piano in C, Op. 102/1, by Beethoven
      • Sonata #1 for Cello and Piano in e, Op. 38, by Brahms

      September 25, 2011

      Gaudete Brass

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      Gaudete Brass

      Bill Baxtresser and Ryan Berndt, Trumpets
      Jean McCullough, Horn
      Paul Von Hoff, Trombone
      Scott Tegge, Tuba

      Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of chamber music on brass instruments through live performances, recordings, education and the creation of new works. The quintet is committed to expanding the brass quintet repertoire, commissioning works by noted composers David Sampson, John Cheetham and Jan Bach, as well as working with emerging young artists through programs such as the advanced composition course at Columbia College-Chicago. The GBQ is also dedicated to historically informed performances of Renaissance music, creating and performing their own editions of these works. They have performed in many prominent concert venues, including Merkin Hall in New York City, the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Chamber Music Series and Millennium Park's Onstage at Noon.

      The quintet has served as Artist-in-Residence at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They have performed on live radio broadcasts on the "Live in Studio C" program on Nashville Public Radio, on WMSE in Milwaukee, and Kenosha Public Radio. The Gaudete Brass has collaborated with many accomplished organists on brass and organ programs as well as creating perhaps the world's first collaboration of brass quintet and Theremin with classical Theremin virtuoso Randy George.

      Gaudete has presented performances and educational programs on tour to a number of universities colleges and conservatories including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Vanderbilt University, the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri, Western Illinois University, the University of Georgia, and many others. To find out more about the Gaudete Brass Quintet please visit their website at gaudetebrass.com.


      • Gaudete for Brass Quintet - James Woodward
      • Italian Madrigals (selections) - Giaches De Wert
      • Chicago Moves (premiere!) - David Sampson
      • Trois beaux oiseaux de paradis (Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet) - Maurice Ravel
      • Copperwave - Joan Tower
      • Bright and Fast from Frost Fire - Eric Ewazen

      October 02, 2011

      The Comic Intermezzo

      Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff and Friends

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      Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff

      The Gambling Husband, a one-act opera by Orlandini that was the most frequently performed opera in the 18th century! Composed for soprano and bass, you’ll see Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff in full costume and make-up in this semi-stage production, with string ensemble and keyboard.

      October 09, 2011

      International Chamber Artists

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      International Chamber Artists


      • Phantasie Trio in a minor - John Ireland
      • Piano Trio - Leonard Bernstein
      • Summer and Autumn, from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla

      October 16, 2011

      No Broadcast

      October 23, 2011

      The Fifth House Ensemble

      Rush Hour Encores

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      The Fifth House Ensemble

      October 30, 2011

      David Govertsen, Bass-Baritone and Olga Sklyanskaya, Piano

      Member, Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago

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      David Govertsen


      • Part one of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise

      November 06, 2011

      James Kryshak, Tenor

      Member, Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago

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      James Kryshak

      Program will include music by Schubert, Liszt, George Crumb and the best of classic Broadway in works by Kurt Weill, George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

      November 13, 2011

      William Harvey, Violin and Elena Cholakova, Piano

      Founder, Cultures in Harmony; Playing for the Fighting 69th, 9/11/2001

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      William Harvey


      • Fugue in C major - J. S. Bach
      • Bia ke Birim Ba Mazar, arr. William Harvey - Afghan folk song
      • Sonata No. 6 for Solo Violin - Eugene Ysa˙e
      • Five Pieces, Op. 81 - Jean Sibelius
      • Rhapsody Vardar - Pancho Vladigerov

      November 20, 2011

      Hershey Felder, Piano

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      Hershey Felder

      Hershey Felder, pianist, actor, playwright, composer, producer, and phenomenal serial portraitist of great musicians from Beethoven to Gershwin, has returned to his beloved Chicago with MAESTRO: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, a new work from the creators of George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin and Beethoven, As I Knew Him.

      Hershey is known to Chicago audiences for his 70 record-breaking weeks at the Royal George Theatre and his annual appearances at the Ravinia Festival have become a Chicago area tradition. In MAESTRO, he portrays the man who broke through every artistic ceiling possible to become the world's musical ambassador.

      Join us as Hershey Felder brings the composer of West Side Story to life and 'revisits' George, Fryderyk, and Ludwig. You will also hear an excerpt of Hershey's newest project, Abraham Lincoln: An American Story, soon to have its world premiere.

      November 27, 2011

      No Broadcast - Thanksgiving Holiday

      December 04, 2011

      Piano Quartet from Lyric Opera of Chicago

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      Lyric Opera of Chicago (Photo by Dan Rest)

      Piano Quartet from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Eric Weimer, piano; Heather Wittels, violin; Frank Babbitt, viola; Walter Preucil, cello. Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Gabriel Fauré

      December 11, 2011

      Marie Alatalo, Piano

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      Marie Alatalo


      • Scarlatti - several sonatas
      • Brahms - Eight Piano Pieces Op 76
      • George Crumb - A Little Suite for Christmas

      December 18, 2011

      Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano and Anthony Devroye, Viola

      Rush Hour Encores