Introductions

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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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LIVE: Introductions Alumna Kate Liu, Third Prize Winner 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

January 16, 2016

On Saturday’s broadcast, we are thrilled to feature one of the first performers on Introductions, pianist Kate Liu. Kate Liu began playing the piano at the age of four. Two years later, she was admitted to the Yamaha Music School for gifted musicians in Singapore, and at age eight, Kate moved with her family to the Chicago area. The 21-year-old Liu ...

2015 DePaul Concerto Festival Winners Part 2 of 2, CYSO

January 2, 2016

On the first half of Saturday’s broadcast, we present the second of two programs featuring winners from the 2015 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. This annual competition gives young musicians the opportunity to perform movements of a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. On the second half of the program, we’ll hear another concerto, but ...

2015 DePaul Concerto Festival Winners Part 1 of 2

December 26, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the first of two programs featuring winners from the 2015 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. This annual competition gives young musicians the opportunity to perform movements of a concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri.

Rabia Mohammadi, 14, violin

December 5, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 14 year old violinist Rabia Mohammadi. Rabia has been studying violin since the age of three. She has studied with Lei Hou of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Olga Kaler of DePaul University. Presently, she studies with violinist Alexander Belavsky of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. She also studies piano with Chicago-based Canadian concert ...

2015 MYA Walgreens Concerto Winners Selections; Marissa Takaki, bassoon

November 28, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we begin by featuring two winners from the Midwest Young Artist’s 2015 Walgreens Concerto Competition: Alice Zhang performing the second movement, Larghetto, from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor, Op. 21 and Daniel Kaler performing the first movement, Allegro, from Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104. These selections were performed on Sunday, March ...

Joshua Brown, 2015 2nd Place and Audience Award Winner, Cooper International Violin Competition

October 31, 2015

Fifteen year old Joshua Brown studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Academy, a rigorous precollege training program for young musicians. Joshua is a Rachel Barton Pine scholarship winner (2014/15) and an Academy Laureate (2015/16). This past summer, Joshua was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International ...

Emilio del Rosario International Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition Part 3 of 3

October 24, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the third of three programs featuring the 2015 Emilio del Rosario Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition. The competition was held at Symphony Center on June 14, 2015. Francesco Milioto conducted the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. The First Prize Winner, 19 year old Aaron Kurz, will be heard in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in ...

Bryce Dessner of The National with CYSO and Emilio del Rosario Youth Piano Competition Part 2 of 3

October 17, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the second of three programs featuring the 2015 Emilio del Rosario Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition. The competition was at Symphony Center on June 14, 2015. Francesco Milioto conducted the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. The Second Prize Winner, 19 year old Yijia Wang, will be featured in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C ...

CYSO; Emilio del Rosario International Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition Part 1 of 3

October 10, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the first of three programs featuring the 2015 Emilio del Rosario Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition. The competition was at Symphony Center on June 14, 2015. Francesco Milioto conducted the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. The Third Prize Winner, Jiaqi (Dragon) Long, will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. To ...

Torin Bakke, clarinet

September 26, 2015

On Saturday’s rebroadcast, we feature Torin Bakke, clarinetist and winner of the 2013 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions.

CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra Plays Scheherazade

September 19, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present selections from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Chamber Orchestra concert at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance on December 7, 2014. The Encore Chamber Orchestra is made up of student musicians from the CYSO who plan to pursue a career in music. They are led by CYSO Music ...

Gallia Kastner, violin, 2014 CSO Youth Audition Winner

September 12, 2015

Gallia Kastner is an 18 year old violinist from Arlington Heights who studied with Almita and Roland Vamos. She will be attending the Colburn School to study violin with Robert Lipsett this fall. She commenced her private violin study at the age of five and a half with Betty Haag-Kuhnke. Gallia has won numerous competitions locally, nationally, and internationally, both ...

Chicago Duo Piano Festival: Part 2

September 5, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the second of two programs featuring the Winner’s Concert from the 2015 Chicago Duo Piano Festival Competition. Piano duos from across the Chicago area and the Midwest performed on Saturday, May 30 in Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem of the Music Institute of Chicago are the Artistic Directors of the Duo Piano ...

Chicago Duo Piano Festival: Part I

August 29, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we presented the first of two programs featuring the Winner’s Concert from the 2015 Chicago Duo Piano Festival Competition. Piano duos from across the Chicago area and the Midwest performed on Saturday, May 30 in Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem of the Music Institute of Chicago are the Artistic Directors of the ...

Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony

August 22, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we featured the Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony, another wind ensemble selected by the judges of the 2014 Chicagoland Band Festival at John Hersey High School to appear on Introductions. The ensemble is directed by Brian Covey. In recent years, the Lockport Wind Symphony has earned consistent Superior Division Ratings at state organization contests and has performed ...

Merit School of Music: Performathon Part 2

August 8, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the second of two programs featuring the Merit School of Music’s 2015 Performathon, an annual two day music and fundraising extravaganza featuring the students of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. This broadcast featured numerous chamber ensembles that performed on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music. ...

Merit School of Music: Performathon Part 1

August 1, 2015

On Saturday’s broadcast, we present the first of two programs featuring the Merit School of Music’s 2015 Performathon, an annual two day music and fundraising extravaganza featuring the students of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. Our first broadcast featured the Merit Wind Symphony in the opening night concert for Performathon on February 27, 2015 in Anne and Howard Gottlieb ...

New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble

July 18, 2015

We feature the New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble on this Saturday’s broadcast in a diverse program of music for wind and percussion instruments. The ensemble was selected by the judges of the 2014 Chicagoland Band Festival at John Hersey High School to perform on Introductions.  Matt Temple is the director of bands at the Winnetka high school.

MYA Symphony Orchestra Plays the Rite of Spring

July 11, 2015

On this Saturday’s broadcast, we featured the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky’s ground breaking 20th century masterpiece The Rite of Spring. The MYA Symphony Orchestra performed this piece in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston as a part of their spring concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  The program also featured ...

Fortis Piano Quartet

July 4, 2015

Fortis Piano Quartet was formed in the fall of 2014 by the chamber program of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a pre-college training program for highly gifted young musicians. All four members are Fellows at the Academy. Joshua Brown, violinist/violist (15), Kitsho Hosotani, violinist/violist (15), Nathan Mo, cellist (16), and Daniel Szefer, piano (16) are passionate and awarded young ...