September 30 – October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019, 12:00 pm

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St. Charles Singers ‘American Reflections’

Monday, September 30 — St. Charles Singers: American Reflections

“American Reflections” is a collection of live recordings made by the St. Charles Singers and Music Director Jeffrey Hunt during a concert tour of England in 2017. The album of 20th and 21st century American choral music reflects four themes: Water, Love, Oppression, and Hope. The centerpiece of the program is Dominick Argento’s masterpiece Walden Pond, a song cycle based on text by Henry David Thoreau.


Dirait-on from Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen
Long Time Ago; Bright Morning Stars

David Polk, WFMT Program Director

Tuesday, October 1 – WFMT Program Director David Polk

On his last day at WFMT, Program Director David Polk shares a few of his favorite musical memories.



Hélène Tysman

Wednesday, October 2 — Pianist Hélène Tysman at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Hailed by the New York Times as a pianist of “warm touch and dreamy sensibility,” Hélène Tysman’s recitals make a deep impression on her audiences. A graduate of the Paris Conservatory as well as the Hamburg and Weimar Hochschule, she has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Oleg Maisenberg, and Grigory Gruzman.


La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin 

Thursday, October 3 — KAIA String Quartet and Fareed Haque

Guitarist Fareed Haque and the KAIA String Quartet shine together in an album of works by Latin American masters ranging from Astor Piazzolla to Eduardo Angulo to Leo Brouwer, drawing influence from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Río de la Plata. The collaboration offers a new flavor to jazz, Latino, and chamber music. Haque’s formidable experience in those fields in combination with KAIA’s luxurious sound and devotion to Latin American music blossom together on this collaboration.


Canyengue by Elbio Barilari

Friday, October 4 — Live WFMT Impromptu with Chamber Music Chicago

Founded in 2019, Chamber Music Chicago was established to enable audiences from throughout the Chicago region and beyond to experience performances by some of today’s leading artists. CMC aims to introduce Chicago-based audiences to new artists and serve as the hub for classical chamber music in the Midwest.


String Quintet in C major, D. 956 by Franz Schubert