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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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Aebersold and Neiweem [Rebroadcast]

June 1, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from May 9, 2016. Piano duo Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem return to Live from WFMT with a program of Fauré, Durey, Respighi, Casella, Chabrier, and Debussy from the Levin Performance Studio. Described as “consummate practitioners of pianism” (The Washington Post) Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem enjoy an international career as exponents of music for both ...

Zoltán Fejérvári [Rebroadcast]

May 18, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from February 24, 2020.   Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal for piano and recipient  of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Zoltán Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and the United States in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Gasteig ...

Lynn Harrell and Victor Santiago Asuncion [Rebroadcast]

May 11, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from January 16, 2012. In August of 1965, Billboard magazine printed a recap of the Ravinia festival, which had opened on a 40-degree evening in the middle of June. Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky had conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that summer. “Ravinia perennial” Elizabeth Schwarzkopf sang; the festival’s 29-year-old music director Seiji Ozawa conducted, and ...

Civic Orchestra Centennial with Yo-Yo Ma & Ken-David Masur (Rebroadcast)

May 4, 2020, 8:00 pm

WFMT brings you a rebroadcast of a live concert from Symphony Center as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago marks its 100th anniversary season with a Centennial Celebration Benefit Concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur. Hosted by WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin, the broadcast will feature music by Berlioz, Ravel, and Dvořák. Tune in at 98.7 FM,, ...

DePaul University Wind Faculty [Rebroadcast]

April 27, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from 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 ...

Nicholas Phan and Shannon McGinnis [Rebroadcast]

April 20, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from November 12, 2018. 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 the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 ...

Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet [Rebroadcast]

April 13, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from a performance with cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet recorded live from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton ...

Jory Vinikour with Special Guest Rachel Barton Pine [Rebroadcast]

April 6, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from June 18, 2018. Recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation, Jory Vinikour has cultivated a highly-diversified career that takes him to the world’s most important festivals, concert halls, and opera houses as recitalist and concerto soloist, partner to many of today’s finest instrumental and vocal artists, coach, and conductor. Born in Chicago, ...

Janet Sung and Friends [Rebroadcast]

March 30, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from May 7, 2018. The program features Mozart, Kodály, and Tchaikovsky. 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 Washington Post for her “riveting” playing and “exquisite tone”, her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce ...

Stile Antico [Rebroadcast]

March 23, 2020

Originally broadcast July 15, 2019, tonight is an encore performance with Stile Antico recorded live, in concert from Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. ...

Matthew Hagle

March 16, 2020

Tonight Live From WFMT presents an encore broadcast 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 ...

Anita Graef

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 soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Recent appearances ...

International Chamber Artists

March 2, 2020

Yukie Ota, flute Sang Mee Lee, violin Youming Chen, viola Jocelyn Butler, cello PatrickGodon, piano Brian Reichenbach, trumpet Sarah Carrillo, trumpet Dan O’Connell, horn Chelsea French, trombone Sean Whitaker, tuba In 2006, a small group of musicians formed the International Chamber Artists. ICA has grown steadily and responsibly, bringing emerging artists and great music to Chicago. What started out as ...

Zoltán Fejérvári

February 24, 2020

Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal for piano and recipient  of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Zoltán Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and the United States in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Gasteig in Munich, Lingotto in Turin, the Palau de Música ...

Cory Tiffin and Friends ***Encore Broadcast

February 17, 2020

This is an encore broadcast from 2018. Clarinetist Cory Tiffin returns to WFMT with some musical colleagues to present music of Mozart and Beethoven live from the Levin Performance studio. Cory Tiffin, clarinet Timothy Munro, flute Yvonne Lam, violin Dmitri Pogorelov, violin Aurelian Pederzoli, viola Paul Dwyer, cello

Heather Wittels and Andrew Rosenblum

February 10, 2020

Lyric Opera Orchestra violinist Heather Wittels joins us along with collaborative pianist Andrew Rosenblum for this Live From WFMT Broadcast. Heather Wittels is a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra first violin section, the associate concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, and a member of the faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.  In recent seasons she ...

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 ...