March 8 – March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021, 12:00 pm

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KAIA String Quartet
KAIA String Quartet (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Monday, March 8 — Chicago Chorale

Chicago Chorale is a professional-level ensemble of singers who cultivate their craft out of genuine love and dedication, giving freely of their time and talent. The ensemble gives sensitive and thought-provoking performances of a diverse choral repertoire, from well-loved works to overlooked masterpieces to newly commissioned pieces.


Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber

Tuesday, March 9 —  KAIA String Quartet

The members of the KAIA String Quartet are passionate advocates of the rich music of Latin America. On the album Sureño, the quartet explores music from Buenos Aires, featuring Astor Piazzolla’s beloved Estaciones Porteñas. They also bring to light the music of Piazzolla’s cellist, José Bragato, a fantastic musician and composer in his own right.


Tres Movimientos Porteños by José Bragato

Wednesday, March 10 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Sonia Mantell and Victor Santiago Asunción

Cellist Sonia Mantell studied at the New England Conservatory and DePaul School of Music. She is an active performer with many music organizations in the Chicago area. Hailed by the Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asunción has appeared in concert halls around the world.

Music of Kevin Day, Claude Debussy, and Laura Netzel 

Thursday, March 11 — Gaudete Brass

Gaudete Brass, a Chicago-based quintet devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music and commissioning new works, brings a fresh perspective to music of John Corigliano with an inventive album of brass works by the prolific American composer and his protégés.


Still by David Sampson
Overture from Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano

Friday, March 12 Impromptu Encore: Philippe Quint and Marta Aznavoorian 

Pianist Marta Aznavoorian has performed on WFMT many times with a great variety of colleagues. In 2016, she was joined by violinist Philippe Quint for a wide-ranging program in the Impromptu recital series.

Music of Astor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, and Claude Debussy