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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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 ...

LIVE | Holly Venkitaswaran, 18, flute

March 16, 2019

In 2018, Holly earned first place at the Chicago Flute Club Student Competition and  the Kenosha Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. She also received Honorable Mention at the 2017 Midwest Young Artists Walgreens National Concerto Competition. In addition to competing, Holly has been a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for seven years and earned second place in the 2019 ...

LIVE | Kimberly Han, 17, piano

March 9, 2019

On Saturday’s live 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 a two-time National YoungArts Foundation winner (2017-2018). She currently studies with Alexander Korsantia (New England Conservatory), and Brenda Huang (Music Institute of Chicago). ...

Merit School of Music’s 37th Annual Performathon

March 2, 2019

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature two ensembles from Merit School of Music to highlight their 37th Annual Performathon. Performathon 2019 takes place on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Merit’s West Loop location. Performathon is a two-day performance and fundraising extravaganza that features over 350 student musicians, and the funds raised from Performathon help ensure that the Alice ...

LIVE | Irina Casasnovas Jilobokov, 18, violin

February 16, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Irina Casasnovas Jilobokov. She is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. She studies violin with Almita Vamos. Irina was born in San José, Costa Rica and began studying the violin at age 7. At the age of 9, Irina was ...

Encore Broadcast | Piano Highlights

January 19, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature some highlight piano performances from 2018. To listen to this program again, please click here.

LIVE | Alice Zhang, 17, piano

January 12, 2019

On Saturday’s live broadcast and Facebook Live, we feature 17-year-old pianist Alice Zhang of Vernon Hills, Illinois in a program of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and William Bolcom. Alice is a senior at Vernon Hills High School, and she started piano lessons at age four with Brenda Huang. She also studies piano with Eduardus Halim, the Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair of Piano ...

Encore Broadcast | String Highlights

January 5, 2019

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we revisit some highlight string performances from 2018. To listen to this program again, please click here.

A Musical Smorgasbord to Ring in the New Year

December 29, 2018

Our last edition of Introductions for 2018 is a musical smorgasbord, featuring highlights from an exciting year of performances given by young Chicago-based musicians and ensembles. We’ll hear from the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, who gave powerful joint performances as a part of YAS! Fest–the Youth Arts Showcase–in September. We’ll also feature the Latin GRAMMY-Nominated Mariachi ...

From the Midwest to Vienna: A Holiday Celebration

December 22, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for a holiday edition of Introductions featuring young musicians from the Midwest and beyond. We’ll hear the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory’s I’Solisti, a MYAC chamber orchestra, perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major. We also feature the Vienna Boys Choir singing traditional carols in WFMT’s Levin Performance ...

LIVE | Introductions Alum Daniel Kaler, cello

December 15, 2018

Introductions alumni and cellist Daniel Kaler joins us once again for a live performance in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Daniel first played on Introductions in 2014. Since graduating from New Trier High School, Kaler has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mark Kosower, principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Daniel’s accolades include winning the 2017 SAI Concerto Competition ...

Encore Broadcast | Kairos Quartet

December 1, 2018

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature the Kairos Quartet of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. To listen to this program again, please click here.

Encore Broadcast | Piano Highlights

November 17, 2018

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature some highlight piano performances we’ve heard so far this year. To listen to this program again, please click here.

Encore Broadcast | String Highlights

November 10, 2018

On Saturday’s encore broadcast, we feature our “String Highlights” program. To listen to this broadcast again, please click here.