Monday, July 25 — St. Charles Singers
St. Charles Singers, founded in 1984, is a cadre of professional musicians under the direction of Jeff Hunt. Recognized for sublime interpretations of choral classics, the singers strive for excellence in every performance, sing with passion, and demonstrate a sincere desire to create beauty and connect with their audience.
Old American Songs by Aaron Copland
Tuesday, July 26 — Rush Hour Concert: Alexander Hersh and Tom Hicks
Having already performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile talents of his generation. Hailed as an artist of “magnificent pianism,” English-born pianist Tom Hicks has been praised for his “gorgeously creative playing” (Fanfare).
Three Pieces by Nadia Boulanger
Wednesday, July 27 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Benjamin Lash and Rodolfo Leone
Cellist Benjamin Lash performs in the Los Angeles area and is on the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. The young Italian-born pianist Rodolfo Leone was the first-prize winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna.
Music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Samuel Barber, and Frédéric Chopin
Thursday, July 28 — Anthony Molinaro
Anthony Molinaro has appeared as pianist with over fifty symphony orchestras, headlined at major jazz clubs throughout the world, and composed and arranged music in both the classical and jazz genres. Molinaro is an Associate Professor and the Director of Music at Loyola University Chicago.
Clavier Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Friday, July 29 — Impromptu Encore: Elena Bashkirova
In 2008, pianist Elena Bashkirova and musicians from the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival visited WFMT while on tour in advance of the festival’s 11th season.
Music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Hindemith, and Robert Schumann