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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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Paul Lewis ***Encore Broadcast

February 3, 2020

This is an encore performance from November 5, 2018. On that program he shared works of Haydn and Beethoven. Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s ...

Oriana Singers

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 the chemistry of Renaissance songs and contemporary vocal jazz ...

Katharina Uhde and Michael Uhde

January 20, 2020

Violinist Katharina Uhde and pianist Michael Uhde present a program entitled Re-discovering Joseph Joachim on this Live From WFMT. Katharina Uhde, Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, is an internationally acclaimed violinist and musicologist. She is the author of The Music of Joseph Joachim(Boydell & Brewer, 2018). She holds a DMA degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD ...

Ian Hobson

January 13, 2020

Tonight, we present an encore performance by internationally renowned pianist and conductor Ian Hobson, featuring works of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Sousa. 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 ...

Midsummer’s Music

December 16, 2019

Tonight, we present a rebroadcast of Midsummer’s Music performance from May 13, 2019 with a program of Turina, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Dan Won, Clarinet David Perry, Violin I Stephanie Preucil, Violin II Sally Chisholm, Viola I Allyson Fleck, Viola II Walter Preucil, Cello Andrew Keller, Bass Jeannie Yu, Piano Midsummer’s Music, founded by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, has been bringing ...

Anthony DeVroye and Daniel Schlosberg

December 9, 2019

Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004. Mr. Devroye is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz; and holds a B.A. in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he pursued concurrent viola studies at The Juilliard School under Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. ...

Victor Santiago Asuncion

December 2, 2019

Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion returns to the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio for a live recital. 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 ...

Black Tulip

November 25, 2019

Joel Spears returns with Black Tulip with a Baroque cantata program entitled “Women of Power.” Black Tulip is a multinational ensemble featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano (the Netherlands), Mirja Lorenz, recorders (Germany), Phillip W. Serna, violas da gamba (US), and Joel Spears, lutes and theorbo (US). Interdisciplinary by nature, Black Tulip’s innovative outside-of-the-box programming immerses audiences in vivid and dynamic multi-media experiences. Black Tulip ...

Orion Ensemble

November 18, 2019

A favorite of WFMT listeners, the Orion Ensemble returns for a live performance from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio performing works by Bernhard Crusell, Frank Bridge, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Franz Schubert. Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin Judy Sone, Cello Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet Diana Schmück, Piano with Stephen Boe, Viola Josh Graham, Marimba and Percussion Recognized as one of Chicago’s ...

Martin Jones

November 11, 2019

One of England’s best regarded concert pianists Martin Jones joins us in a recital of contemporary works ranging from Debussy and Shostakovich to Robert Fleisher, Harry Bulow, and Tim Reed. Pianist Martin Jones studied under Guido Agosti, Guy Jonson, and Gordon Green at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He received the Dame Myra Hess Award in 1968 given by the Musicians’ Benevolent ...

Robert Chen and Matthew Hagle

October 14, 2019

CSO concertmaster Robert Chen and pianist Matthew Hagle return to WFMT for a program of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, and Fauré. 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 ...

Diana Schmuck, Bonnie Campbell, and Friends

October 7, 2019

Pianist Diana Schmuck and clarinetist Bonnie Campbell return to the Fay and Daniel Levin performance studio along with some very talented friends for the first concert of the 2019-2020 Live From WFMT season, with a tribute to composer, conductor, and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Eran Mier, cello Angela Presutti-Korbitz, voice James Yakas, xylophone Bonnie Campbell, clarinet Ron Watkins, baritone Judy Stone, ...

Juliani Ensemble

June 24, 2019

The Chicago based Juliani Ensemble joins us for the final concert of the 2018-2019 Live From WFMT season with works of Haydn, Mozart, and Webern. 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 musicians, has ...

Sara Su Jones and Tatyana Stepanova

June 17, 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 ...

Kontras Quartet (Rebroadcast)

June 10, 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” ...

Matthew Hagle

June 3, 2019

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

Janet Sung and Friends

May 20, 2019

Violinist Janet Sung, violist Philip Ying, cellist Stephen Balderston, and pianist William Wolfram will play Brahms’ G Minor Piano Quartet. Janet will also share selections from her forthcoming CD, “Edge of Youth.”   Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, recognized for her intense, exhilarating performances, and by her signature lustrous, burnished tone. Hailed by The ...

Midsummer’s Music

May 13, 2019

Midsummer’s Music brings a varied ensemble to perform works of Turina, Mozart, and Mendelssohn for this live recital from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance studio at WFMT. Dan Won, Clarinet David Perry, Violin I Stephanie Preucil, Violin II Sally Chisholm, Viola I Allyson Fleck, Viola II Walter Preucil, Cello Andrew Keller, Bass Jeannie Yu, Piano Midsummer’s Music, founded by ...

Daniel Schlosberg with Laura Strickling

May 6, 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 ...

Fareed Haque, AnDréa James, and Quartet Risata

April 29, 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 ...