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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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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 ...

Wicker Park Choral Singers [Rebroadcast]

December 14, 2020

A rebroadcast of a performance from December 10, 2012, the Wicker Park Choral Singers present a diverse programs featuring music from around the world entitled “It Takes A Village.”  

Matthew Hagle [Rebroadcast]

December 7, 2020

Originally broadcast June 26, 2017, Matthew Hagle presents an all Beethoven program. Pianist Matthew Hagle is a musician of great versatility and depth, whose performances are a rare mixture of musical understanding, imaginative programming, pianistic mastery and beauty of sound. In solo recitals he often explores the boundaries of the piano repertoire, using thoughtful programming and committed performance to integrate ...

Fareed Haque and Friends [Rebroadcast]

November 30, 2020

Originally broadcast April 29, 2019. Fareed Haque, guitar Andrea James, soprano Quartet Risata Violin – Hanna Bingham Violin – Michael McGuan Viola – David Lee Cello – Kayla Steger Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless ...

Victor Santiago Asuncion [Rebroadcast]

November 23, 2020

Originally broadcast April 23, 2018. Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut ...

Dover Quartet [Rebroadcast]

November 16, 2020

Originally aired October 13, 2017. Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune) and “the young American string quartet of the moment,” (New Yorker), the Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom in 2013, following a stunning sweep of all prizes at the Banff Competition and has since become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. In addition to ...

Robert Chen [Rebroadcast]

November 9, 2020

Originally broadcast October 9, 2017. Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. During his years as concertmaster, he has been featured as soloist with Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, among others. He gave the CSO premiere of György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter’s Violin Concerto and Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain Two, as well as ...