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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Narek Hakhnazaryan & Noreen Cassidy-Polera

February 21, 2018

Award winning Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan is joined by pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. About the artists: Narkek Hakhnazaryn Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan has performed with major orchestras across the globe and has established ...

Jasmin Arakawa

February 14, 2018

Pianist Jasmin Arakawa has performed as both a recital and orchestral soloist with performances across North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe, China, and her native Japan. As a student of Alicia de Larroccha, Dr. Arakawa, gained an affinity for Spanish repertoire, she has been sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in performing and recording works from Spain and Latin ...

Akropolis Reed Quintet

February 7, 2018

The Akropolis Reed Quintet took the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal and the Grand Prizes at the Plowman and MTNA competitions. Their music has been described as “pure gold’ by the San Fransisco Chronicle and “sheer joy” by Fanfare Magazine. Today, they join us with a live performance from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Dame Myra ...

Kariné Poghosyan, piano

January 31, 2018

Pianist Kariné Poghosyan joins us live for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from Preston Bradley Hall.

Vijay Venkatesh

January 17, 2018

Orange County native pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been complemented for having beautiful and mature playing style. He present a program of live music here on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast from the Chicago Cultural Center.

Robert Chen & Benjamin Loeb

January 10, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Robert Chen and pianist Benjamin Loeb present a live performance of violin and piano music on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.

Weiwen Ma

January 3, 2018

Chinese born pianist Weiwen Ma returns to the WFMT airwaves with a program of live music performed under the Tiffany dome of Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Sohyun Ahn

December 27, 2017

Pianist Sohyun Ahn performs works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Debussy, and Chopin live from the Chicago Cultural Center live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Naria Kim & Kuang-Hao Huang

December 20, 2017

Violinist Naria Kim and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang perform works of Schuman, Pärt, and Ravel for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. A weekly classical chamber music series presenting emerging artists, produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by generous grants from an anonymous family foundation, the Peggy and Steve Fossett Foundation, the friends of the Chicago Cultural Center, the National ...

Drew Petersen

December 13, 2017

Pianist Drew Petersen performs works of Beethoven, Ravel, and Liszt live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.

Cellist Benedict Kloeckner and Pianist Andrew Armstrong

December 6, 2017

Cellist Benedict Kloeckner and pianist Andrew Armstrong present a program Beethoven and Brahms for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Audrey Abela, PianoWaltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42

November 29, 2017

French pianist Audrey Abela shares works of Chopin and Ravel live under the Tiffany glass dome of Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center for this week’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.

Kate Carter, Violin & Louise Chan, Piano

November 22, 2017

Violinist Kate Carter and pianist Louise Chan return once again to perform on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series. They bring work of Mozart and John Adams for this live broadcast.

Yoonah Kim, Clarinet, and Kevin Ahfat, Piano

November 15, 2017

The International Music Foundation presents the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition winner clarinetist Yoonah Kim along with pianist Kevin Ahfat. They will present works of Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, and Johannes Brahms live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast from the Chicago Cultural Center.

Mon-Puo Lee, Cello & There is More Than One WayHan-Wen Jennifer Yu, Piano

November 8, 2017

The cello and piano duo of Mon-Puo Lee and Han-Wen Jennifer Yu present works by Yuri Shaporin and César Franck under the Tiffany glass dome of Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Trio Céleste

November 2, 2017

Recorded on November 1, 2017 live in concert, Trio Célestse presents two works Antonin Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky Trio” and Verano Porteño from Cuatro Estaciones Porters by Astor Piazzolla. Trio Céleste Iryna Krechkovsky, Violin Ross Gasworth, Cello Kevin Kwan Loucks, Piano

Fuego Quartet

October 25, 2017

The Fuego Saxophone Quartet presents music of Bach, Bozza, Gotkovsky and more for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. Fuego Quartet Nicki Roman, Soprano Saxophone Erik Elmgren, Alto Saxophone Harrison Clarke, Tenor Saxophone Gabriel Piqué, Baritone Saxophone

The Dame Myra Hess 40th Anniversary Concert with the Vermeer & Arianna String Quartets

October 18, 2017

The combined forces of the Vermeer and Arianna String Quartets present a single work on today’s program, the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, Op.20 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. Vermeer Quartet  Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Mathias Tacke, violin; Richard Young, viola; Nicole Johnson, cello Arianna String Quartet John McGrosso, violin; Julia Sakharova, violin; Joanna ...

Milton String Quartet

October 11, 2017

The 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal winners, the Milton String Quartet present a program of Mozart and Mendelssohn live for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Milton String Quartet Maïthéna Girault, Violin Roman Fraser, Violin Evan Robinson, Viola Joshua Morris, Cello

Yingying Su

October 4, 2017

Pianist Yingying Su performs works of Bolcom and Brahms under the Tiffany glass dome from the Chicago Cultural Center. Live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts.

Zhu Wang

February 28, 2018

20 year old pianist Zhu Wang performers live under the Tiffany Glass dome of the the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast. About the artist: Zhu Wang Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald) pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the Second Zhuhai International Mozart Competition ...

Avalon String Quartet

March 7, 2018

Avalon String Quartet joins us for a live performance from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center Blaise Magnière, Violin Marie Wang, Violin Anthony Devroye, Viola Cheng-Hou Lee, Cello

Patrycja Likos & Yana Reznik

March 14, 2018

Cellist Patrycja Likos and pianist Yana Reznik perform a program of live music for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Rachel Lee Priday & David Kaplan

March 21, 2018

Violinist Rachel Lee Priday along with pianist David Kaplan perform under the Tiffany Glass Dome of Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Hannah Rose Kidwell & Christina Giuca

March 28, 2018

Soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell & pianist Christina Giuca join us live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center for this IMF Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.