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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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Michaela Paetsch, violin & Susan Merdinger, piano

January 15, 2018

Violinist Michaela Paetsch and pianist Susan Merdinger complete the Beethoven sonata cycle.

Bryan Wallick

January 8, 2018

For this broadcast, we are presenting a performance recorded on September 5, 2017 at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall by pianist Bryan Wallick.

Matthew Hagle

December 11, 2017

Pianist Matthew Hagle completes his cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas tonight on Live on WFMT.

Fifth House Ensemble & Jason Vieaux

December 4, 2017

The dynamic Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble has been praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “You have to admire the sheer imaginative chutzpah these young performers bring to their envelope-pushing enterprise.”  Committed to innovative programming and educational outreach, the ensemble presents performances in traditional and untraditional venues ...

eighth blackbird

November 27, 2017

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet,” they have no shortage of accolades. Their impressive list of accomplishments include 4 Grammy Awards, a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, a Chamber Music America’s Inaugural Visionary Award, and Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year. They join us again in the ...

Janet Sung and Friends Encore Broadcast

November 20, 2017

Tonight, we present an encore broadcast from May 5, 2017 entitled A Little Night Music with works by Mozart, Arensky, and Schoenberg. The ensemble consists of: Janet Sung, violin Carolyn Staurt, violin Sheila Browne, viola Suzanne Rousso, viola Brant Taylor, cello Alan Rafferty, cello

The Dover Quartet

November 13, 2017

From up and coming to one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world, the Dover Quartet joins us live from the Levin studio at WFMT with works of Schumann, Bartok, and Tchaikovsky. The members of the Dover Quartet are: Joel Link, violin Bryan Lee, violin Melena Pajaro-Van de Stadt, viola Camden Shaw, cello

Apollo’s Fire and Cleveland Baroque Orchestra

November 6, 2017

Tonight we will present a performance recorded on July 27, 2017  live at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre of Apollo’s Fire and Cleveland Baroque Orchestra directed by Jeannette Sorrell. The program is entitled The Four Seasons Re-Discovered: An All-Vivaldi Program.06

The 2017 Grammy Honorees

October 30, 2017

The 2017 Grammy season was an exciting one for Chicago chamber music with Third Coast Percussion, the Lincoln Trio, and Spektral Quartet securing three of the five nominations for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with Third Coast Percussion bringing home the win. Tonight, all three ensembles will join us from a special location in the WTTW studios.

Behzod Abduraimov

October 23, 2017

Tonight we present pianist Behzod Abduraimov recorded live in concert on August 21, 2017, from Ravinia’s Martin Theater. Included on the program are works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Prokofiev.

Kontras Quartet

October 16, 2017

Kontras, WFMT’s Ensemble-In-Residence, joins us in performance for this Live From WFMT broadcast with a program entitled “Roots” – classical music that references folk styles. Kontras Quartet Dmitri Pogorelov, violin Francois Henkins, violin Ben Weber, viola Jean Hatmaker, cello

Robert Chen & George Vatchnadze

October 9, 2017

Violinist and CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen along with pianist George Vatchnadze join us live in the Levin Studio with a program of Mozart, Ravel, Brahms and Kreisler.

Orion Ensemble

October 2, 2017

The Orion Ensemble returns to the Levin Performance Studio with a program entitled A Beautiful Oboe and Friends.

The Strangers

September 25, 2017

The early music ensemble The Strangers present music for the High Holidays, including music of little-known Italian/Jewish composer Salomone Rossi. The Strangers Allison Selby Cook, soprano Josh R. Pritchett, alto/tenor Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor Constantine Novotny, baritone Joel Spears, theorbo

Matthew Hagle

June 26, 2017

Pianist Matthew Hagle continues his Beethoven cycle.

KAIA String Quartet

June 5, 2017

WFMT’s Ensemble in Residence joins us in the Levin Studio with music of Latin America.

Inna Faliks

May 29, 2017

Pianist Inna Faliks joins us in the Levin Studio with excerpts from her Re-imagine Beethoven and Ravel Project.

Civitas and Gipsy Way

May 22, 2017

The combined forces of Civitas and Gipsy Way perform live from the Levin Performance Studio with works of Brahms, Sarasate, Sommer and more.

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg Plays Schubert, Silvestrov, and More

May 15, 2017

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg returns to the WFMT Levin Performance Studio with to play the following program: Franz Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 Carl Ruggles: Evocations, 4 Chants for Piano Ludwig van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 Francis Poulenc: Les soirées de Nazelles Valentin Silvestrov: Der Bote

Janet Sung and Friends

May 8, 2017

Violinist Janet Sung joins us in the Levin Performance studio with some musical friends to perform a program called A Little Night Music.