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 | Esme Arias-Kim, 18, violin

June 1, 2024, 11:00 am

We welcome a return guest, Esme Arias-Kim, who grew up in the Chicago area but has spent the last two years studying at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She's joined by Milana Pavchinskaya in music of Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Price, Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky.

Serge Kalinovsky, 17, cello

June 8, 2024, 11:00 am

Today we're joined by Serge Kalinovsky, a resident of Indiana and a recent graduate of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He's joined by pianist Lyudmila Lakisova in music of Piatti, Debussy, Clara Schumann, Piazzolla and Martinů.

Encore broadcast | Isabel Edgcomb, 18, flute & Anna Edgcomb, 18, oboe

June 15, 2024, 11:00 am

We’re featuring twin sisters on Introductions today: Isabel and Anna Edgcomb are joined by pianist Lyudmila Lakisova in music of Telemann, Kalliwoda, Liebermann, Poulenc, Taffanel and Cimarosa.

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Class of 2024

June 22, 2024, 11:00 am

Today we hear from four graduating seniors from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, representing four different instruments of the orchestra.

Tyler Shaver, 18, composer & piano; Zachary Guo, 18, piano, organ & composer

June 29, 2024, 11:00 am

Today we feature two recent high school graduate composers. Tyler Shaver and Zachary Guo present their own works, performed by themselves and by others. Zachary Guo has previously been featured on Introductions as a pianist in August 2023 and in October 2023.

American Composer Highlights

July 6, 2024, 11:00 am

For the holiday weekend, Introductions looks back at some of the most notable performances of American music from the past year.

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative Class of 2024

July 13, 2024, 11:00 am

Five graduating seniors from Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative: a flute player, a trumpeter, a violinist, and two percussionists.