June 15 – June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Merz Trio (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Dasani String Quartet / Purple Hippopotami Flute Quartet

Monday, June 15 — Introductions: 2020 Fischoff Medalists

Today, we profile two medalists from the recent Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Of the twelve Chicago-area ensembles in the quarter-finals, two won medals. The Purple Hippopotami is the Honors Flute Quartet at the Merit School of Music, made up of Katherine Chen, Natalia Kozintseva, Emma Krause, and Nina Touboul. The Dasani String Quartet is Isabella Brown, Katya Moeller, Zechary Mo, and Brandon Cheng. All four are Merit Scholarship Fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy.


Three Pieces for Four Flutes by Eugène Bozza
String Quartet in F, IV. Vif et agité by Maurice Ravel

Wicker Park Choral Singers

Tuesday, June 16 — Wicker Park Choral Singers

The Wicker Park Choral Singers have quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicago area, with repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public.


Ave Maria by Franz Biebl

Merz Trio

Wednesday, June 17 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives

The Merz Trio was formed in 2017 and has quickly gained a standing as a unique and award-winning ensemble. Recipients of the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, the members are pianist Lee Dionne, violinist Brigid Coleridge, and cellist Julia Yang. This is an encore broadcast of their 2018 performance at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Music of Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann

(Photo: Suzanne Karp)

Thursday, June 18 — Philharmonia Baroque at University of Chicago

In April 2018, the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players and members of the Philharmonia Chorale, under the direction of Nicholas McGegan, presented Italian Baroque music of the synagogue, the theater, and the court. The program at the Logan Center for the Arts included sacred and secular works by Salamone Rossi, Claudio Monteverdi, and Benedetto Marcello.

Four Instrumental Pieces by Salamone Rossi

Friday, June 19 – Impromptu Encore: Chamber Music Chicago

Founded in 2019, Chamber Music Chicago presents gems of the chamber repertoire as performed by some of today’s leading artists. Violinists Janet Sung and David Bowlin, violist Ann Marie Brink, and cellists Peter Stumpf and Michael Mermagen performed Schubert’s String Quintet live on WFMT’s Impromptu in October 2019.


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