Introductions

Saturdays at 11:00 am

Members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras perform during a live broadcast of Introductions from Millennium Park. (Photo: Tipping Point Photography)

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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Encore Broadcast | Quartet Fiero

August 17, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature Quartet Fiero of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Quartet Fiero is comprised of violinists Isabella Brown and Kaylin Liu; violist Elena Galentas; and cellist Alon Hayut. The quartet is coached by Rodolfo Vieira.  Individually, their experience includes performances at prestigious venues around the world, many competition wins, and solo appearances with ...

Lydia Walquist, 18, flute and Robert Black, 18, tuba

August 10, 2019

On Saturday's broadcast, we feature two wind instruments: the flute and tuba!

Encore Broadcast | Hannah Lin, 18, violin

August 3, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Hannah Lin of Rolling Meadows. She recently graduated from Fremd High School in Palatine and studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat. In 2015 and 2017, Hannah won first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition and was the category winner of the Early Music division of the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, ...

Encore Broadcast | Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 16, cello

July 27, 2019

16-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing of Chicago performed on Introductions last year when she was 15-years-old. On Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 pm, Ifetayo will make her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the Ravinia Festival in a program called “Leonard Bernstein: Man for All Music.” Today, we feature Ifetayo’s 2018 Introductions performance in celebration of this achievement! Ifetayo began her musical ...

Encore Broadcast | Trio Domino

July 20, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature Trio Domino of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. For more information about this program, please click here.

Encore Broadcast | Rabia Brooke, 18, violin

July 13, 2019

We feature 18-year-old violinist Rabia Brooke of Chicago in this encore broadcast. Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season Rabia performs at the Aspen Music Festival, the Musicians Club of Women, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Rabia ...

Hannah Lin, 18, violin

July 6, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Hannah Lin of Rolling Meadows. She recently graduated from Fremd High School in Palatine and studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat. In 2015 and 2017, Hannah won first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition and was the category winner of the Early Music division of the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, as ...

Trio Domino

June 29, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature Trio Domino of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. The members of the trio include 18-year-old violinist Daria Chudnovsky of Skokie (senior at Roycemore School), 16-year-old cellist Samuel Du of Palatine (sophomore at William Fremd High School), and 14-year-old pianist Myroslav Mykhailenko of Wood Dale (freshman at Fenton High School). The trio is coached ...

Xena Quartet

June 22, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Xena String Quartet of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. Xena is comprised of violinists and violists Claire Arias-Kim, Isabel Chen, and Noelle Naito; and cellist Camille Toubol.  All four students are Fellows at the Academy, and the quartet is coached by Rodolfo Vieira. The quartet members have individually won local, regional, ...

LIVE | 88Keys to Cure

June 15, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature four pianists from 88Keys to Cure. 88Keys is a student-led non-profit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through music. Founded as a part of Sueanne Metz’s piano studio, the organization hopes to bring people and communities together through music. Student musicians organize benefit concerts to raise funds for organizations throughout the Chicago ...

Quartet Fiero

June 8, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we welcome Quartet Fiero to the program. Quartet Fiero is comprised of violinists Isabella Brown and Kaylin Liu; violist Elena Galentas; and cellist Alon Hayut.  All four students are fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians.  The quartet is coached by artist faculty member Rodolfo Vieira.  Individually, their experience ...

LIVE | Rachel Hsu, 18, violin

June 1, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Rachel Hsu. Rachel is a senior at New Trier High School and currently studies violin with Desirée Ruhstrat. Rachel began playing violin at age three, and since, she has won numerous awards, making her solo debut at age seven in 2009 with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the DePaul ...

ANIMA – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

May 25, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present ANIMA – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, now in its 54th season. One of the leading children and youth choral organization in North America, its rich heritage has served as an artistic and educational model for many years. Recent national awards include the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming award from Chorus America, the 2013 Tribute Award from ...

LIVE | Rabia Brooke, 18, violin

May 18, 2019

Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, 18-year-old Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season Rabia performs at the Aspen Music Festival, the Musicians Club of Women, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Rabia has also performed chamber music in the Pilgrim Chamber Players Series ...

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Plays Bartók and Respighi at Symphony Center

May 11, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) performing works by Bartók and Respighi from their Symphony Center concert on November 18, 2018. Allen Tinkham conducts.

LIVE | Yerin Yang, 16, piano

May 4, 2019

We are excited to welcome back Yerin Yang as the winner of the 2018 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition winner. She has performed on WFMT’s Introductions twice, once in 2013 and again in 2016. Yerin is currently a Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, and studies with Alan Chow and James Giles. She began playing ...

LIVE | Claire Arias-Kim, 17, violin

April 20, 2019

Claire Arias-Kim, 17, studies violin with Almita Vamos and is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. Claire began her violin studies with Betty Haag at age 3. At 6 years of age, she had the opportunity to perform on tour with the The Magical Strings of Youth in ...

No Introductions | WFMT Spring Pledge Drive

April 13, 2019

To support original programming on WFMT like Introductions and to continue giving performance opportunities to talented young artists in the Chicago area, please consider making a donation to WFMT by clicking here.

No Introductions | WFMT Spring Pledge Drive

April 6, 2019

To support original programming on WFMT like Introductions and to continue giving performance opportunities to talented young artists in the Chicago area, please consider making a donation to WFMT by clicking here.

Encore Broadcast | Kimberly Han, 17, piano

March 30, 2019

*Please note: In order to accommodate Saturday’s live broadcast of Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera, Introductions will air at 10:30 am. On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 17-year-old pianist Kimberly Han. Kimberly is a Steinway Young Artist, a 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholar, a four-year full scholarship recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States (2016-2020), and ...

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