The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

From the Chicago Cultural Center, hear weekly live concerts.

Each week WFMT goes live to the Chicago Cultural Center for concerts with emerging artists from around the world, produced by the International Music Foundation. Some shows offer solo recitals while others feature ensembles. The concerts take place beneath the world’s largest Tiffany-domed ceiling, part of a landmark building that originally housed the Chicago Public Library. The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are named for British pianist Myra Hess who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime concerts for Londoners during World War II, in the years of nightly air raids.

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Dominic Cheli

November 14, 2018

Pianist Dominic Cheli performs live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast from Preston Bradley Hall. Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing…great skill and technical prowess,” pianist Dominic Cheli is First Prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Earlier in 2017, Naxos released his debut CD, and he won the Music Academy of the West ...

Hannah White

November 21, 2018

Violinist Hannah White and pianist Matthew Hagle join us in live performance on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Violinist Hannah White has performed extensively throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall.  Hannah has been described by The New York Times as, “terrific… expressive… enthusiastic ”  by NY Concert Review as, “phenomenal…blaze… commanded … perfect”, an d as “clinched…razor-sharp… bright”. ...

Sophia Bacelar and Noreen Polera

November 28, 2018

Cellist Sophia Bacelar and pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera join us under the Tiffany glass dome with music of Saint-Saën and Rachmaninoff.   Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar is quickly gaining recognition as one of classical music’s young rising stars. Recent seasons saw her debuts as soloist at renowned venues such as The Berliner Philharmonie and The Tonhalle Zürich, a series of six concerts broadcast ...