Monday, January 17 — Chicago Sinfonietta
For over 25 seasons, the Chicago Sinfonietta has enriched the cultural, educational, and social quality of life in Chicago while gaining recognition on the national and international stage. On Volume II of the African Heritage Symphonic Series, the Sinfonietta is led by its late founder and music director Paul Freeman in exceptional works by Black composers from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Epitaph for A Man Who Dreamed by Adolphus Hailstork
Tuesday, January 18 — Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo
As the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, Northwestern University faculty guitarist Anne Waller and DePaul University faculty guitarist Mark Maxwell have toured the United States and Europe for over 30 years. Their unique programming of works for both 19th-century and modern guitars provides rare insight into this captivating art.
Gran Pot-Pourri by Mauro Giuliani
Wednesday, January 19 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Avalon String Quartet
The Chicago-based Avalon String Quartet has been concertizing throughout the United States and abroad since 1995 and was described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music.” The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.
Music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Libby Larsen
Thursday, January 20 — William Ferris Chorale
On American Choral Premieres, the William Ferris Chorale and conductor Paul French present world-premiere recordings of sacred and spiritual pieces by nine recent and contemporary composers, including Alan Hovhaness, George Rochberg, Easley Blackwood, and William Ferris.
Lyrica Sacra by William Ferris
Friday, January 21 – Impromptu Encore: Anthony Molinaro and Howard Levy
This broadcast features a beautiful collaboration between two relentless musical explorers: pianist Anthony Molinaro and harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. George Preston welcomed the duo to WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio in 2012 and they performed music by the Beatles.