March 23 – March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Erina Yashima conducts the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

(Photo: D.Matvejev)

Monday, March 23 — WFMT Impromptu Encore: Pianist Mūza Rubackytė

The great Lithuanian pianist Mūza Rubackytė began her stunning career when she made her debut at the age of seven. She was scheduled to give a live performance on Impromptu, but that has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we’ll share a portion of Rubackytė’s 2011 Impromptu appearance.


Three Schubert Song Transcriptions by Franz Liszt

(Photo: Brad Conroy)

Tuesday, March 24 — Guitarist Brad Conroy

Brad Conroy is a versatile guitarist, performer, and pedagogue who specializes in the art and scholarship of the classical guitar. He performs from a diverse repertoire which begins at the Renaissance and goes through to the 21st century, often including his own compositions. Conroy teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, and he heads the guitar program at Elgin Community College.


Guitar Prelude No. 3 by Hector Villa-Lobos
Entrelacer; Aime by Brad Conroy

(Photo: Diderot String Quartet)

Wednesday, March 25  Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives

The Diderot String Quartet—named after the 18th-century French philosopher Denis Diderot—brings a fresh approach to works of the 18th and 19th centuries. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre. They were joined by harpsichordist Harry Bicket for the Hess concert on March 13, 2019, at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Music of Durante, Biber, Castello, and Krieger

Erina Yashima (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography)

Thursday, March 26 — Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Founded during the 1919/20 season, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago has trained thousands of the nation’s finest emerging professional musicians while presenting free concerts throughout the Chicago area. In April 2018, Erina Yashima led the Civic Orchestra at Symphony Center.


Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, III and IV by Sergei Rachmaninoff

(Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Friday, March 27 — Avalon String Quartet

Concertizing throughout the United States and abroad since 1995, the Avalon String Quartet has been described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music.” The ensemble is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.


String Quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel