Monday, September 5 — Fifth House Ensemble
Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational, and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves.
Perpetual Spark by Alex Shapiro
Tuesday, September 6 — Wendy Warner
Cellist Wendy Warner soared to international acclaim after winning the international Rostropovich Cello Competition at age eighteen. Her career took off with concerts conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich in Europe and the United States. Strings magazine hailed her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence, and almost frightening technique.”
Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Gregor Piatigorsky
Thursday, September 8 — Chicago Choral Artists
Chicago Choral Artists is an ensemble of dedicated musicians that has been presenting innovative music making to Chicago audiences for over 40 years. CCA programs often feature new commissions and music of indigenous cultures in tandem with fresh interpretations of classic masterworks.
Music of Gustav Holst and Dan Forrest
Friday, September 9 – Impromptu Encore: The Knights
The Knights are a collective of musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. They inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The ensemble brought their adventurous spirit to WFMT in 2017.