Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am
Introductions

Hear talented pre-college classical musicians from the Chicago area

Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many Introductions alumni pursue careers outside of music, some have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious music schools around the world and maintain careers as professional musicians.

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Merit School of Music’s 36th Annual Performathon

February 17, 2018

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 2 ensembles from Merit School of Music to highlight their 36th Annual Performathon. Performathon 2018 takes place on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at Merit’s West Loop location. Performathon is a 2-day performance and fundraising extravaganza that features over 350 student musicians, and the funds raised from Performathon help ensure that the Alice ...

Chicago Children’s Choir: A Black History Month Celebration

February 10, 2018

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Chicago Children’s Choir in a program celebrating Black History Month. The Chicago Children’s Choir, under the direction of Josephine Lee, reaches over 4,000 students from 57 Chicago zip codes. The choir regularly collaborates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Ravinia Festival. They have also toured all over the world. In ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Performs at Symphony Center

February 3, 2018

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present highlights from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s fall concert at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago. This diverse program of music includes Joan Tower’s Second Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman and Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps. We also feature Syrian-American composer’s piece Dabke, based on the popular dance of Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East, as ...

LIVE: Xiaoping Wang, 16, piano

January 27, 2018

Texas-born pianist Xiaoping Wang began his piano studies at age five with Dr. Oscar Macchioni at the University of Texas. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age seven performing Beethoven, and by age eight made his concerto debut with an orchestra performing a concerto by J.S. Bach. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies with Meng-Chieh Liu, ...

REBROADCAST: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra 2017 Central Europe Tour

January 20, 2018

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature recordings from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Central Europe Tour. To listen to this program again, please click here.

REBROADCAST: Isabella Brown, 15, violin

January 13, 2018

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 15-year-old violinist Isabella Brown. To listen to Isabella’s program again, please click here.

Musical Siblings: Lucy Cao, 14, harp and John Cao, 17, voice

January 6, 2018

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a pair of musical siblings: 14-year-old harpist Lucy Cao and 17-year-old pianist John Cao, both of Arlington Heights. Lucy Cao studies harp with Marguerite Lynn Williams at Roosevelt University. She placed second in the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) competition and first in the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society competition. Lucy is ...

Celebrate the New Year with a musical smorgasbord featuring the Vienna Boys’ Choir

December 30, 2017

Our last edition of Introductions for 2017 is a musical smorgasbord which you can stream below. In addition to featuring young Chicago-based ensembles, we’ll hear from some recent visitors to WFMT. In November 2017, the world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir performed some traditional carols in our Levin Performance Studio. We’ll also revisit a recording from 2015 of the von Trapp singers in a ...

Highlights from New Trier High School’s 100th Annual Winter Music Festival

December 23, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature highlights from the 100th Annual Winter Music Festival at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. The concert features holiday music performed by students in New Trier’s band, orchestra, and choir programs.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory 25th Anniversary Celebration

December 16, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature recordings celebrating the 25th anniversary of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC). Based in Highwood, Illinois, MYAC offers numerous programs for pre-college musicians in the Chicago area. MYAC musicians have received national awards, and many have gone on to have successful careers as professional musicians.

LIVE: Isabella Brown, 15, violin

December 9, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 15-year-old violinist Isabella Brown of Gurnee, Illinois. Isabella is in her third year at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians.  She studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos as the Rachel Barton Pine Scholar and plays on a Dom Nicolo Marchioni detto ‘Amati’ of Bologna circa 1740, generously on loan to ...

REBROADCAST: Emily Cho, 13, piano

December 2, 2017

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 13-year-old pianist Emily Cho. Please click here to listen to Emily’s program again.

REBROADCAST: Noah Chen, 13, cello

November 25, 2017

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 13-year-old cellist Noah Chen from Chicago. Noah is a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen of Northwestern University. Noah was a winner at the 2017 DePaul Concerto Festival, and he was also the winner of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) 2016 Concerto Competition. As a result, he was featured as soloist with the CYSO ...

REBROADCAST: Kartoshka Quartet

November 18, 2017

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature Kartoshka Quartet of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) in Highwood, Illinois. The members of the quartet include 16-year-old violinist Rachel Hsu, 17-year-old violinist Eleanor Goes, 18-year-old violist Sofiya Kyrylyuk, and 18-year-old cellist Julia Ilhardt. They are coached by Desirée Ruhstrat. Kartoshka Quartet was formed at MYAC in 2016 and has performed at numerous community ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra 2017 Central Europe Tour

November 11, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature highlight recordings from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (CYSO) tour to Central Europe. In June 2017, the CYSO embarked on a tour across Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. On June 28, 2017, the orchestra performed in Dvorak Hall, Prague’s concert hall. The orchestra even performed Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, which was premiered in that ...

No Introductions: WFMT Fall Membership Drive

November 4, 2017

To support original programming like Introductions on WFMT and to give performance opportunities to  young musicians in the Chicago area, please consider making a gift to WFMT by clicking here.

No Introductions: WFMT Fall Membership Drive

October 28, 2017

To support original programming like Introductions on WFMT and to give performance opportunities to  young musicians in the Chicago area, please consider making a gift to WFMT by clicking here.

Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, 14, cello and EYSO Earl Clemens Wind Quintet

October 21, 2017

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 14-year-old cellist Manou Magdalena Chakravorty and the Earl Clemens Wind Quintet of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Manou Magdalena Chakravorty is a freshman at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She started cello at the age of four with Karen Schulz-Harmon and now studies with Richard Hirschl and Oleksa Mycyk. Recently, Manou was a semi-finalist ...

REBROADCAST: Robert Sanders, 18, violin and David Caplan, 17, cello

October 14, 2017

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature two recent graduates of Niles North High School in Skokie: 18 year old violinist Robert Sanders and 17 year old cellist David Caplan. Robert and David have known each other since middle school, and they have performed together for numerous years. Recently, Robert and David won the Gold Medal with their quartet, Quartet Bellezza ...

No Introductions: Lyric Opera of Chicago Operathon

October 7, 2017

WFMT will host Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Operathon to support the opera – thus, no Introductions. But join us next Saturday, October 14 for another edition of Introductions!

LIVE: Julian Rhee, 17, violin

February 24, 2018

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee. Julian is a scholarship fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy where he studies violin with Almita Vamos. Julian was selected as a Finalist Winner of the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation, and he traveled to Miami in January to work and perform with leaders in his field. In the summer ...