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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Encore Broadcast | Anna Knight, 19, piano

June 3, 2023, 11:00 am

A year ago, Anna Knight was studying at a specialist music high school in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. She's now living in the Chicago area, and brings us a recital of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Frolyak, Ravel, and Dunayevsky.

LIVE | Louis Auxenfans, 18, clarinet

June 10, 2023, 11:00 am

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

LIVE | Zachary Allen, 18, oboe

June 17, 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.

Sofia Radovic, 17, violin & viola

June 24, 2023, 11:00 am

This week on Introductions we feature Sofia Radovic. This student at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory plays both violin and viola in this solo recital, including works by local composers Augusta Read Thomas and Miriam Kessler. She’s joined by pianist Daniel Schlosberg. Sofia Eva Radovic, 17, began her music education with violin study at age six at the Wheaton College Community ...