February 15 – February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Kirill Gerstein (Photo: Claudia Hoehne)

Monday, February 15 — Mary Stolper

Mary Stolper is a frequent soloist and chamber music performer who has made guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe. She is Principal Flute of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, and Fulcrum Point. On “Chicago Duos for Flute,” Stolper performs music by seven unique individuals whose lives have been touched in different ways by the city.


Rondo Caprice by Easley Blackwood

Tuesday, February 16 — Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass  

The legendary brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, long recognized for its power, dynamism and lyricism, takes center stage in this release from the CSO Resound label. Cheered for their performances and recordings of Mahler, Bruckner, and Strauss, the CSO Brass turns its focus to works by Gabrieli, Walton, and Bach, as well as symphonic works arranged for brass and percussion.


Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas

Wednesday, February 17 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Cora Swenson Lee and Claire-Chung Lim

Cora Swenson Lee is a cellist who performs actively around the United States. A passionate educator, she is currently an assistant professor at Illinois State University. Claire-Chung Lim is a prominent pianist experienced in solo and, more recently, chamber music. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Bloomington.

Music of Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Luise Adolpha Le Beau

Thursday, February 18 — Jonathan Boen

Widely recognized as one of the most technically commanding performers of the horn, Jonathan Boen has served as Principal Horn for the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1979. In addition, he has held the position of Principal Horn of the Grant Park Orchestra since 1998. With pianist Craig Terry, Boen recorded a recital of Preludes by Alexander Scriabin arranged for horn and piano.


Preludes, Op. 11 by Alexander Scriabin

(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Friday, February 19 Impromptu Encore: Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein’s pianism is distinguished by its clarity of expression, discerning intelligence and virtuosity, and an energetic, imaginative musical presence that places him at the top of his profession. Gerstein has a particular affinity for the Transcendental Etudes by Liszt. He played a selection of these difficult, groundbreaking works when he was WFMT’s guest in 2016.

Music of Franz Liszt