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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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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 ...

Chicago Chorale [Rebroadcast]

February 22, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from January 21, 2019. Conductor and Music Director Bruce Tammen returns with the Chicago Chorale to perform live acapella choral music from the WFMT studios. “Tammen has built his Chorale into an impressive instrument, so much so that it was often easy to forget that it comprises volunteer, ‘amateur’ vocalists.” John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune Chicago ...

Kontras Quartet [Rebroadcast]

February 15, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from February 25, 2019.  The Kontras Quartet returns to perform works of Felix Mendelssohn, Leoš Janáček, Caroline Shaw, and Maurice Ravel on this Live from WFMT broadcast. Eleanor Bartsch Francois Henkins Ben Weber Jean Hatmaker Admired for their “superlative artistry” (CVNC Arts Journal), the Kontras Quartet has established an international following for their vibrant and nuanced ...

The Oriana Singers [Rebroadcast]

February 8, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from January 27, 2020. Sopranos: Jenny Haworth, Laura Pinto Altos: Lindsey Adams, Jessica Melger Tenors: Matthew Dean, Wain Parham Basses: Bill Chin, John Orduña Piano: Julian Chin Keyboard: Andrew Lawrence The Oriana Singers have been stretching artistic boundaries since first coming together in 1979. Led by noted conductor William Chin, they have toured Chicagoland and abroad, experimenting with ...

Anita Graef [Rebroadcast]

February 1, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from March 9, 2020. Cellist Anita Graef will be joined by collaborative pianist Louise Chan, and violinist Julian Graef in music of Piazzolla, Mozart, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff for this Live From WFMT broadcast. Maggie Reberg hosts. Described as “a world class musician” (Galena Gazette), cellist Anita Graef has earned recognition for her music making as a ...

Cavatina Duo [Rebroadcast]

January 25, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from January 25, 2016. The Cavatina Duo – Eugenia Moliner, flute (Spain) and Denis Azabagic, guitar (Bosnia)—has become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world. Critics are raving: “Style, sympathy, and technical aplomb . . . it’s doubtful that the Cavatina’s sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed.” —Fanfare Dedicated soloists ...

Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem [Rebroadcast]

January 18, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from May 2016. Described as “consummate practitioners of pianism” (The Washington Post) Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem enjoy an international career as exponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. Their innovative programming reflects the full gamut of this delightful repertoire, from four-hand works of Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms, to favorite lighter masterpieces by ...

Spektral Quartet [Rebroadcast]

January 11, 2021

This is an encore broadcast from May 16, 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, ...

Dmitry Kouzov [Rebroadcast]

January 4, 2021

This is a rebroadcast from February 19, 2018. A versatile performer, cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed on five continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. He has appeared with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), as well as National Symphony of Ukraine, and the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and the ...

Joel Spears and the Strangers [Rebroadcast]

December 21, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from December 17, 2018. Joel Spears, lute returns to WFMT with an early music ensemble to perform an early 17th century Christmas oratorio. The program features lutenist/guitarist Joel Spears, The Strangers, an early music vocal ensemble, plus accompaniment by harp, violin, organ, harpsichord, and theorbo. The centerpiece of the Christmas concert will be the American premiere of ...

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