December 28, 2020 – January 1, 2021

January 1, 2021, 12:00 pm

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KAIA String Quartet: (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Monday, December 28 — Joseph Ehrenpreis

Joseph Ehrenpreis is a multi-instrumental guitar performer. His specialization includes the 8-string “Brahms Guitar,” an instrument that was invented by David Rubio and Paul Galbraith in 1994. Ehrenpreis is gaining an international reputation for creating new repertoire for the instrument through premiering new music, as well through his own transcriptions.


Velvet Ripple by Max Vinetz

(Photo: Todd Rosenberg; Artwork by Dina Cimarusti)

Tuesday, December 29 — KAIA String Quartet

Chicago’s own KAIA String Quartet plays an original medley to wish you “Happy Holidays.” The ensemble recorded the performance — especially for WFMT — at the Fulton Street Collective.


Various: Medley (Vida Mia, Deus Xango, Let It Snow)

Wednesday, December 30 — Chicago Sinfonietta

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta give world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works on Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers. The Sinfonietta also presents the first-ever recording of William Grant Still’s orchestral arrangement of Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes.

Dances in the Canebrakes by Florence Price

Thursday, December 31 — Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

The Chicago-based piano duo Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem present a selection of original and transcribed works for piano four hands. The album features the world-premiere recording of the Great Movements Sonata by Patrick Byers, along with composer transcriptions of works by Mozart, Ravel, Liszt, and Respighi.


Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel

Pianist Angela Yoffe and violinist Vadim Gluzman.

Friday, January 1 Impromptu Encore: Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe 

The married duo of violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe visited WFMT’s Fay and Daniel Levin studio in 2009 with a program of 19th and 20th century works.


Music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco