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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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LIVE | Noah Kim, 17, piano

December 9, 2023, 11:00 am

Following his win in the 2022 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artist Competition, Vernon Hills pianist Noah Kim returns to Introductions for a second solo recital playing Bach, Mozart, Schumann and Kapustin.

Encore Broadcast | John Lee, 18, violin

December 16, 2023, 11:00 am

After solo pieces by Eugène Ysaÿe and Jessie Montgomery, John Lee is joined by pianist Milana Pavchinskaya in music of Johannes Brahms and Fritz Kreisler.

Encore Broadcast | Louis Auxenfans, 18, clarinet

December 23, 2023, 11:00 am

Introductions welcomes a return guest for a full clarinet recital: Louis Auxenfans of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

Encore Broadcast | Zachary Allen, 18, oboe

December 30, 2023, 11:00 am

WFMT welcomes Zachary Allen for a live-to-air recital today – this Skokie oboist has been a mainstay of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative.

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Fall 2023 concert

January 6, 2024, 11:00 am

This week, the latest performance from the CYSO Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall in downtown Chicago. Allen Tinkham conducts the Chicago premiere of a new Augusta Read Thomas piece, followed by works of Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler.

Encore broadcast | Sofia Radovic, 17, violin & viola

January 13, 2024, 11:00 am

Radovic, a student at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, plays both violin and viola in this recital.

Encore broadcast | Samuel Lam, 18, piano

January 20, 2024, 11:00 am

Today, a piano recital from Samuel Lam presenting works by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók, and Tan Dun.

Encore broadcast | Ma’ayan Kertcher, 18, cello

January 27, 2024, 11:00 am

Ma’ayan Kertcher plays the music of Reena Esmail and Johannes Brahms, joined by Shirley Trissell on piano.