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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Neave Trio [Rebroadcast]

April 8, 2020

This is a rebroadcast from July 25, 2018 of the Neave Trio’s live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast. Mikhail Veselov, cello Anna Williams, violin Eri Nakamura, piano Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio–violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura–has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, “‘Neave’ is actually a Gaelic name meaning ...

Avalon String Quartet [Rebroadcast]

April 15, 2020

This is a rebroadcast of the Avalon String Quartet recorded live in performance from Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center. Blaise Magnière, violin Marie Wang, violin Anthony Devroye, viola Cheng-Hou Lee, cello The Avalon has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, Merkin Hall, and Bargemusic in New York; the Library ...

Robert Chen and Benjamin Loeb [Rebroadcast]

April 22, 2020

Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. During his years as concertmaster, he has been featured as soloist with Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, among others. He gave the CSO premiere of György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter’s Violin Concerto and Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain Two, as well as the world premiere of Augusta ...