Monday, June 27 — Doug Lofstrom
Chicago composer Doug Lofstrom has been writing prolifically for over four decades, with his wide-ranging style reflecting ongoing involvement in dance, film, theater, and symphonic music. The album Concertino introduces three works by Lofstrom that were part of a commission initiated by conductor Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic Orchestra.
Oboe Concertino by Doug Lofstrom
Tuesday, June 28 — Camerata Chicago
Founded in 2003 by conductor Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra performing the rich tapestry of diverse repertoire that includes newly commissioned works. Camerata Chicago is firmly established as one of the finest chamber orchestras on the world stage and has performed frequently on WFMT.
Holberg Suite, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Wednesday, June 29 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: AYA Trio
The AYA trio has performed extensively across the United States. In 2018, they won the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition in North Carolina, where they were invited for a residency of recordings and concerts. They have been invited to perform at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Music of Arvo Pärt and Clara Schumann
Thursday, June 30 — Rush Hour Concerts: Chen String Quartet and Kuang-Hao Huang
The Chen String Quartet was founded in 2014 and is comprised of violinists Laura and Robert Chen, violist Beatrice Chen, and cellist Noah Chen. They have performed on WFMT, Constellations Chamber Concerts in Washington, D.C., and From the Top’s virtual concert series. Commended for his “perceptive pianism” (Audiophile), Chicagoan Kuang-Hao Huang is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist.
I. Allegro non troppo from Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Friday, July 1 – Impromptu Encore: Singing Sergeants
The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that form the U.S. Air Force Band. The Singing Sergeants support military and civilian ceremonial and diplomatic functions, education outreach events, and concerts throughout the United States. In 2003, members of the ensemble delighted WFMT’s listeners with a live performance.