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Live from WFMT

Enjoy weekly, full-length concerts Live from WFMT’s Levin Studio.

Live from WFMT, the station’s full-length recital series, presents weekly music and conversation from October through June. The program draws on the rich community of Chicago-based musicians as well as a roster of international artists who are visiting the city. Each two-hour program is performed live in WFMT’s state-of-the-art Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio.

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Misha and Cipa Dichter

October 18, 2021

This program was recorded live on the pavilion stage at the Ravinia Festival on July 26 2021. The duo performed works of Dvorak, Liszt, and Grainger.

Lincoln Trio

October 11, 2021

The Lincoln Trio was recorded live in concert on September 21, 2021 from the Ravinia Festival.

NEXUS Chamber Music

October 4, 2021

Benjamin Baker, violin Brian Hong, violin and co-artistic director Jordan Bak, viola Alexander Hersh, cello and co-artistic director Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute Kristina Bachrach, soprano Augusta Read Thomas, composer and emcee The program entitled Upon Wings of Words was recorded live on September 9, 2021 from the Pavilion at the Ravinia Festival.

Music of the Baroque: A Celebration of 50 Years

June 28, 2021, 8:00 pm

Special: Join host Maggie Clennon Reberg as she celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s treasured early music ensemble Music of the Baroque.

Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida [Rebroadcast]

June 21, 2021

This program is a rebroadcast from January 29, 2007. Recognized for intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, violinist Jennifer Koh is a forward-thinking artist dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire, while promoting diversity and inclusivity in classical music. She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects, and has ...

Spektral Quartet [Rebroadcast]

June 14, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from October 17, 2016. Multi-Grammy nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Since its inception in 2010, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an ...

Inna Faliks [Rebroadcast]

June 7, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from May 29, 2017.   “Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation.  Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire,  as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work ...

Chen Family Quartet

May 24, 2021

 This concert was recorded live at Nichols Concert Hall on May 2 in celebration of the Music Institute of Chicago’s 90th anniversary. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and his wife, Laura Park Chen, on violin and their children Beatrice Chen on viola and Noah Chen on cello, have been playing together for six years. Committed to community outreach, they regularly play at Chicago-area retirement ...

Third Coast Percussion

May 17, 2021

This concert was recorded live at Nichols Concert Hall in celebration of the Music Institute of Chicago’s 90th anniversary. Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based percussion quartet. For 15 years, the ensemble has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. Third Coast Percussion maintains a busy tour schedule, with past performances in 35 of the 50 ...

Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

May 10, 2021

This performance was recorded live from Nichols Concert Hall as part of the Music Institute of Chicago’ 90th anniversary celebration. Celebrating 40 years as a piano duo, Music Institute artists in residence and faculty members Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem enjoy an international career as proponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. They have appeared with orchestras ...

Chen String Quartet

May 3, 2021

Recorded live at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute on October 11, 2021. This performance is part of the Music Institute of Chicago’s 90th Anniversary Celebration. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen and his wife, Laura Park Chen, on violin and their children Beatrice Chen on viola and Noah Chen on cello, have been playing together for six years. Committed to community outreach, they ...

Civitas Ensemble

April 26, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from April 4, 2016. Yuan-Qing Yu, Violin Kenneth Olsen, Cello J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet Winston Choi, Piano The Ensemble presents repertoire spanning four centuries of music history and numerous genres and styles and are champions of living composers from the United States and abroad. Civitas has performed at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park as part ...

Eduardo Fernández [Rebroadcast]

April 19, 2021

This is an encore broadcast from November 23, 2015. One of the most renown guitarists in the world, Uruguayan born Eduardo Fernández joins us in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio for an evening of intimate guitar music.

Quintet Attacca [rebroadcast]

April 12, 2021

This is an encore broadcast from February 23, 2004. Jennifer Clippert, Flute Erica Anderson, Oboe Barbara Drapcho, Clarinet Collin Anderson, Bassoon Jeremiah Frederick, Horn Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago’s most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner and Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet spent 2006-2009 as ...

Chicago Chamber Choir

April 5, 2021

This is a recorded special to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Chamber Choir. The Chicago Chamber Choir’s 40 singers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are professional musicians, others are teachers, and still others have careers in fields as diverse as law and medicine. They are united through their passion for world-class choral singing. The choir’s repertoire ...

Orion Ensemble [Rebroadcast]

March 29, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from 2019 featuring Beethoven. Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin Judy Stone, Cello Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet Diana Schmück, Piano Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE has been performing since 1992. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” With the possibilities inherent in ...

Artemisia Vocal Trio

March 22, 2021, 8:00 pm

A special performance by vocal trio Artemisia — entitled Sounds Like Us — recorded live on February 22, 2021. 8:00 pm.

Benny Kim and Grace Fong

March 15, 2021

This is a rebroadcast of an all Brahms program from May 16, 2016. Whether playing in the intimate setting of a string quartet or performing a concerto on the stage of a concert hall, Benny Kim’s “emotional depth and musical carriage are his real drawing cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violín playing.” (The Washington Post) Known for ...

‘Sole e Amore’

March 8, 2021, 8:00 pm

As a special edition of Live from WFMT, we’ll air this performance from Lyric Opera of Chicago curated by music director-designate Enrique Mazzola, featuring singers from the Ryan Opera Center in songs by prominent Italian opera composers.

Juliani Ensemble [Rebroadcast]

March 1, 2021

The Chicago based Juliani Ensemble joins us on Live From WFMT season with works of Haydn, Mozart, and Webern. This is a rebroadcast from June 24, 2019. Emily Seaberry Graef, flute Richard K. Graef, flute Yuan-ju Liu, violin Arman Nasrinpay, violin Charles Pikler, viola Anita Graef, cello The Juliani Ensemble, a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class ...

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