Introductions Turns 15

April 8, 2023, 11:00 am

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Album cover for Introductions Turns 15.

It’s 15 years (and three days) since the very first episode of Introductions. Join host and producer Robbie Ellis and Weekend Morning host LaRob K. Rafael for great past performances, available on a 2-CD commemorative album in WFMT’s Spring Membership Drive.

Give $60 or more at on the morning of Saturday April 8 to acquire this album for yourself.

Additionally, listen to Mornings with Dennis Moore on Wednesday April 5 and Weekend Mornings with LaRob K. Rafael earlier on Saturday April 8 to hear more highlights.


Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008:
VII. Gigue
Nazeeh Shahid, viola
First broadcast October 8, 2022

Biagio Marini: Canzona
The Bone Rangers: Owen Riordan, Cleo Blake & Christopher Tam, trombones; Rafael Noriega, bass trombone
First broadcast June 13, 2020

Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1:
II. Romanze
Quartet Bellezza: Masha Lakisova & Robert Sanders, violins; Peter Dudek, viola; David Caplan, cello
First broadcast September 9, 2017
Recording courtesy of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 100:
III. Finale, “Allegretto grazioso”
Tara Hagle, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano
First broadcast June 18, 2022

Igor Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale:
Petit Concert
Septacular: Kamila Hines, clarinet; Abigail Arnold, bassoon; Joel Cantorán, trumpet; Jake Mazera, trombone; Julia Ghica, violin; Daniela Gazibara, double bass; Yael Litwin, percussion; Bryan Polacek, conductor
First broadcast November 27, 2010.

Robert Nathaniel Dett: Enchantment Suite:
Dance of Desire
Joshua Mhoon, piano
First broadcast May 1, 2021

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Song of the Black Swan
Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello; Milana Pavchinskaya, piano
First broadcast January 16, 2021

Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ”:
Finale, “Maestoso”
David Schrader, organ; Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Allen Tinkham, conductor
First broadcast January 18, 2020
Recording courtesy of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.