November 16 – November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Avalon String Quartet (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Monday, November 16 — Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort brings together singers and instrumentalists of the highest caliber to create accessible and historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Their album “Puzzles and Perfect Beauty” is a collection of Italian vocal and instrumental music at the end of the Middle Ages.


Music of Gherardello da Firenze and Anonymous

Tuesday, November 17 — Avalon String Quartet

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music,” the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. “Illuminations” is a program of captivating works by Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Osvaldo Golijov, and rising American composer Stacy Garrop.


String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy

Wednesday, November 18— Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Andrew Byun and Victor Santiago Ascunción

Andrew Byun is a Canadian cellist who is currently majoring in cello performance and philosophy at Northwestern University. Hailed for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asunción has appeared in concert halls around the world as a recitalist and concerto soloist.

Music of Robert Schumann, Germaine Tailleferre, and Ludwig van Beethoven

Thursday, November 19 — Dmitry Paperno

Russian pianist Dmitry Paperno was a Laureate at the 1955 International Chopin Piano Competition. He recorded and performed widely under the Soviet regime before emigrating to Chicago in 1977, where he served as a professor at DePaul University. He passed away on October 12, 2020, at the age of 91.


Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin

Friday, November 20 Impromptu Encore: M5 Mexican Brass

Since 2005, M5 Mexican Brass has earned international recognition as Mexico’s leading brass quintet by performing virtuosic chamber music in all styles. These cultural ambassadors visited WFMT in 2017.


Music of McCartney, McKee, Traditional Mexican and German Folk Songs, and Bernstein