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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. We invite soloists and chamber ensembles to perform live in WFMT’s Fay & Daniel 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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CYSO Principal Players, Quattro Voci

May 9, 2015

Quattro Voci is the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Player string quartet.  Consisting of violinists Shannon Kollasch (17) and Isabella Spinelli (16), violist Kayla Cabrera (16), and cellist Timothy Edwards (17), this group of CYSO section leaders lives up to the meaning of its name– “four voices” in Italian– by combining technique, passion, musicality, and energy in one versatile ensemble.  ...

Atara String Quartet

May 2, 2015

Atara String Quartet is comprised of Hannah White and Karisa Chiu, violin; Tess Krope, viola; and Krystian Chiu, cello. 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 Mathias Tacke. Atara String Quartet was the first place winner of the Society of ...

Torin Bakke, clarinet

April 4, 2015

On this live broadcast, we feature 17 year old clarinetist Torin Bakke, winner of the 2014 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions.

Encore | Kimberly Han, piano

March 27, 2015

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature 14 year old pianist Kimberly Han, an eighth grader at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Kimberly was named the winner of the 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. As a result, she performed in a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert during the 2015/2016 season. This is an encore broadcast ...

Contrapunctus Quartet of Midwest Young Artists

January 10, 2015

Contrapunctus is a string quartet formed through Midwest Young Artists made up of 4 high school seniors from the Chicagoland area: violinist Alan Snow, 17, John Hersey High School, violinist James Hanford, 18, Evanston Township High School, violist Andrea Ferguson, 18, home schooled, and cellist Miles Link, 18, New Trier High School. Contrapunctus is coached by Robert Bassill in Highwood, ...

CYSO’s Encore Chamber Orchestra

January 3, 2015

Music performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Chamber Orchestra from their October, 2011 concert given at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago. Conducted by music director Allen Tinkham.

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