The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

From the Chicago Cultural Center, hear weekly live concerts.

Each week WFMT goes live to the Chicago Cultural Center for concerts with emerging artists from around the world, produced by the International Music Foundation. Some shows offer solo recitals while others feature ensembles. The concerts take place beneath the world’s largest Tiffany-domed ceiling, part of a landmark building that originally housed the Chicago Public Library. The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are named for British pianist Myra Hess who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime concerts for Londoners during World War II, in the years of nightly air raids.

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

October 18, 2017

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 ...

Milton String Quartet

October 11, 2017

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

Yingying Su

October 4, 2017

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.

Yaegy Park & Victor Santiago Asuncion

September 27, 2017

Violinist Yaegy Park and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion perform works by Mozart, Dvorák and Ravel live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast.

Sung Chang

September 20, 2017

Korean born pianist Sung Chang performs works of J.S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Frank Churchill and Vincent Youmans live under the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Gaudete Brass with Red Star Brass at Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

September 13, 2017

Join us live from the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park for the IMF Chicago Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert with the Gaudete Brass and  Red Star Brass performing music of Paul Hindemith, Stacy Garrop, Anthony Plog and Gabrieli.

Thomas Mesa & Alexandra Joan

September 6, 2017

Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa and French-Romanian pianist Alexandra Joan join us live for the IMF Chicago Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert with music of Joaquín Nin, Debussy and Beethoven.

Adam Zukiewicz, Piano

August 30, 2017

Pianist Adam Kukiewicz live in recital from Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Kinga Augustin & Kalina Mrmevska

August 23, 2017

On today’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Polish born violinist Kinga Augustyn along with pianist Kalina Mrmevska perform music of Prokofiev and Kreisler.

Muen Wei, Piano

August 16, 2017

Pianist Muen Wei joins us live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast with music of Brahms and Liszt.

Mischa Bouvier, Baritone & Yegor Shevtsov, Piano

August 9, 2017

Baritone Mischa Bouvier and pianist Yegor Shevtsov join us for a live performance under the Tiffany Dome of Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Karén Hakobyan, Piano

August 2, 2017

Pianist Karen Hakobyan performs works of Chopin, Debussy and Liszt live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.

Duo Diorama – Al Booth Memorial Concert

July 26, 2017

The International Music Foundation presents a concert in memory of it’s founder Al Booth featuring violinist Ming Huan and pianist Winston Choi known as XuDuo Diorama.

Sahun Hong, Piano

July 19, 2017

Ravinia’s Steans Institute fellow pianist Sahun Hong performs works of Kirchner, Ravel and Chopin for today’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Maria Ioudenitch, Violin & Renana Gutman, Piano

July 12, 2017

Ravinia Steans Institute fellow violinist Maria Ioudentich and collaborative pianist Renana Gutman join us live under the Tiffany Dome of Preston Bradley Hall with music of Beethoven, Dvorák, Mozart and Tchaikovsky for today’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast.

Ying Li, Piano

July 5, 2017

Ravina Festival Steans Music Institute fellow joins us live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center with music of Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin.

Eva León & Olga Vinokur

June 28, 2017

Spanish violinist Eva León and pianist Olga Vinokur join us live from the Chicago Cultural Center with music of Turina, Albania and Rodrigo.

Grant Park Apprentice Chorale & Project Inclusion

June 21, 2017

Grant Park Music Festival’s Chorus Director Christopher Bell returns to Preston Bradley Hall with the Apprentice Chorale and Project Inclusion String Quartet.

Peter Klimo

June 14, 2017

Pianist Peter Klimo joins us live from the Chicago Cultural Center with a program of Liszt and Scriabin.

Mario Diaz-Moresco & Spencer Meyer

June 7, 2017

Baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Meyer perform works of Duparc, Barber, Beethoven and Schubert live under the Tiffany Dome at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Fuego Quartet

October 25, 2017

The Fuego Saxophone Quartet presents music of Bach, Bozza, Gotkovsky and more for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. Fuego Quartet Nicki Roman, Soprano Saxophone Erik Elmgren, Alto Saxophone Harrison Clarke, Tenor Saxophone Gabriel Piqué, Baritone Saxophone