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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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Matthew Hagle

April 8, 2019

Violinist Sara Su Jones returns to the Fay and Daniel Levin performance studio with collaborative pianist Tatyana Stepanova with works of Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók, Jean Sibelius, and more for their live recital on WFMT. Hailed as a “violinist of enviable gifts” by a Chicago Sun-Times music critic, Sara Su Jones is an award- winning violinist who has performed as a ...


April 1, 2019

The Kontras Quartet returns to perform works of Felix Mendelssohn, Leoš Janáček, Caroline Shaw, and Maurice Ravel on this rebroadcasted Live from WFMT from February 2019. 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 performances. The “superb Chicago-based ensemble” ...

Victor Santiago Asuncion

March 25, 2019

Pianist Matthew Hagle returns to Live From WFMT with a solo piano recital of music by Brahms, Medtner, and Janáček.

Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab

March 18, 2019

Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab returns to WFMT with a program of live new music. The Lab’s mission is to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.  This intensive, human-centered experience will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work. By ...

Orion Ensemble

March 11, 2019

The Orion Ensemble returns with guest violist Stephen Boe to the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio of WFMT for a live program entitled French Musical Treasure. 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 ...

International Chamber Artists

March 4, 2019

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg returns to the Levin Performance Studio with Laura Strickling, soprano to present a recital of solo piano music and song. Daniel Schlosberg has been described as an “expert pianist” (Boston Globe), and his performances have been praised for their “intellect and passion” (Washington Post). He enjoys a multifaceted relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to appearing ...

Kontras Quartet

February 25, 2019

Guitarist Fareed Haque, soprano AnDréa James, and Quartet Risata present a program of Spanish and Latin American music. Fareed Haque, guitar Andréa James, soprano Hanna Bingham – violin Valentina Guillen Menesello – violin Caleb Paxton – viola Lucas Buterbaugh – cello   Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the ...

Robert Chen

February 18, 2019

Tonight, Live From WFMT presents a rebroadcast of violinist Robert Chen and pianist Matthew Hagle with music of Brahms, Ysaÿe, C. Schumann, and R. Strauss. Robert Chen has been Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. Since then he has been featured as a soloist with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Ton Koopman, Osmo ...

The Chicago Recorder Quartet

February 11, 2019

A rebroadcast from earlier this year. The Chicago Recorder Quartet presents a recital entitled Double Take: Musical Pairings Through the Ages live from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Lisette Kielson Mirja Lorenz Patrick O’Malley Laura Osterlund For more information on the Chicago Recorder Quartet.

Chicago a cappella

February 4, 2019

As part of their 25th anniversary season, Artistic Director and Founder Jonathan Miller returns to the Levin Performance Studio with Chicago a cappella presenting a program entitled Polish Splendor: Songs and traditions from the Crossroads of Europe. Here, the ensemble takes us on a journey with both traditional folksongs and stunning new works by rising Polish composers. Currently celebrating its ...

Stefan Milenkovich

January 28, 2019

Join us for a rebroadcast of Serbian born violinist Stefan Milenkovich and pianist Rohan De Silva of the program that they presented on February 5, 2018. Serbia’s Artist of the Century, Most Humane Person, and Brand Personality of the Year, violinist Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist, with an extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity. Established ...

Chicago Chorale

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 Chorale is a professional-level ensemble of singers who ...

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

January 14, 2019

Fulcrum Point New Music Project Stephen Burns, Artistic Director/trumpet Kuang Hao Huang, piano John Corkill, percussion Ross LaFleur, guitar and percussion Alex Monroe, percussion Sean Conners, percussion Ayanna Woods, piano/guitar/voice Eddie Burns, drums Zachary Goode, clarinet/saxophone Ryan Packard, drums Founder and Artistic Director Stephen Burns returns to the Levin Performance Studio with the Fulcrum Point New Music Project with works ...

Chicago Recorder Quartet

January 7, 2019

The Chicago Recorder Quartet presents a recital entitled Double Take: Musical Pairings Through the Ages live from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. Lisette Kielson Mirja Lorenz Patrick O’Malley Laura Osterlund For more information on the Chicago Recorder Quartet.

Joel Spears and Friends

December 17, 2018

Tonight we present one of the premier chamber ensembles from the Chicago area. The International Chamber Artists is a group comprised of 21 world-class musicians committed to building new audiences through the presentation of great and emerging music. This live performance features works by Bach, Bax, Debussy, Mozetich,  Ries, and Schuecker. FEATURING: Sang Mee Lee, violin Sharon Chang, violin Ai Ishida Melby, viola Jocelyn Butler, cello Tim ...

Ian Hobson

December 3, 2018

Pianist Ian Hobson returns to the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance studio for a live recital. Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson is recognized internationally for his command of an extraordinarily comprehensive repertoire, his consummate performances of the Romantic masters, his deft and idiomatic readings of neglected piano music old and new, and his assured conducting from both the piano and ...

Members of the Elgin Symphony

November 26, 2018

This is a rebroadcast from May 4, 2018 featuring members of the Elgin Symphony with works of Beethoven and Brahms. For more information about the Elgin Symphony, click here.

DePaul University Wind Faculty

November 19, 2018

DePaul University wind faculty and Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal musicians, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute; Keith Buncke, bassoon; and Stephen Williamson, clarinet, along with collaborative pianist Beilin Han, will join us live from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio with works of Devienne, Glinka, Villa-Lobos, Brahms, Pierne, and Poulenc. DePaul University School of Music

Nicholas Phan and Shannon McGinnis

November 12, 2018

Lyric tenor Nicholas Phan joins us once again in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio on this Live from WFMT. Described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with ...

Paul Lewis

November 5, 2018

British pianist Paul Lewis visited WFMT last week to record this Live from WFMT program in Levin Performance Studio. In this broadcast, he shares works by Haydn and Beethoven. READ MORE: How to Win Music Competitions Even if You Lose — Tips from Paul Lewis