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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. 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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Trio Nuvola & Goya Piano Trio

October 7, 2023, 11:00 am

Today we're featuring two piano trios from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy's 2022-23 school year, in music of Beethoven, Esmail, Clarke, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich.

LIVE | Amelia Zitoun, 17, cello

October 14, 2023, 11:00 am

Amelia Zitoun, a student of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, joins us for the first live recital of the new school year.

Scaleno Trio & Luminos Piano Trio

October 21, 2023, 11:00 am

Two chamber trios from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy in movements by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

No Introductions | WFMT Fall Membership Drive

October 28, 2023, 11:00 am

Donate to Classical WFMT so we can keep bringing you Introductions and other great programming. Call (773) 279-2100 or visit

Respirazione Trio & Aurum Quartet

November 4, 2023, 11:00 am

Today we feature two chamber groups from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory – one piano trio, and one string quartet. The violinists of these groups have appeared previously on Introductions: – Ruth Kim played in the Ardente String Quartet in August 2020 and

LIVE | Simon Updegraff, 16, cello

November 11, 2023, 11:00 am

Live on Introductions this morning is cellist Simon Updegraff from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with Elgar’s Cello Concerto, followed by works of Bach and Bloch; a cello suite of Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes, and Monti’s Csárdás. Sung Moon Ho plays piano.

Encore broadcast | Tyler Wang, 17, piano

November 18, 2023, 11:00 am

Music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Maurice Ravel.