Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
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.
Narek Hakhnazaryan & Noreen Cassidy-Polera
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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.
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
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 ...
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
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
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.
Yoonah Kim, Clarinet, and Kevin Ahfat, Piano
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.