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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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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 ...

Stefan Milenkovich and Julya Fedoseeva

April 22, 2019

Join us for a live recital featuring Serbian born violinist Stefan Milenkovich and pianist Julya Fedoseeva with a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky, Wieniawsky, and Tchaikovsky. 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 ...

Members of the Elgin Symphony

April 15, 2019

This is a rebroadcast from May 14, 2018 featuring members of the Elgin Symphony with works of Beethoven and Brahms. For more information about the Elgin Symphony, click here.

Matthew Hagle

April 8, 2019

Tonight Live From WFMT presents a rebroadcast of a performance by pianist Matthew Hagle from December 2017. This recital completes his traversal of all of the Beethoven piano sonatas. 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 ...


April 1, 2019

Picosa is a mixed Chicago based ensemble known for producing virtuosic symphony-like sound. They are dedicated to presenting repertoire from across the centuries. Tonight will be a rebroadcast of their performance from June 11, 2018. Jennie Oh Brown, Flute Andrea DiOrio, Clarinet Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite, Violin Paula Kowoser, Cello Jonathon Kirk, Composer-In-Residence Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano   ABOUT PICOSA ENGAGING MUSIC ...

Victor Santiago Asuncion

March 25, 2019

This is a rebroadcast of pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion all Ravel recital from 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 ...

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

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 ...

Kontras Quartet

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 performances. The “superb Chicago-based ensemble” (Gramophone Magazine) has ...

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.