Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

From the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, hear weekly live concerts.

Each week, WFMT goes live to the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago 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 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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Blue Violet Duo

January 26, 2022

The Blue Violet Duo (Kate Carter, violin & Louise Chan, piano) performs music by Gwyneth Walker, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.

Geneva Lewis and Sahun Sam Hong

February 2, 2022

New Zealand-born violinist and 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Geneva Lewis is joined by pianist Sahun Sam Hong for a live recital of French music for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. They perform works by Milhaud, L. Boulanger, Tailleferre, Fauré, and Debussy.

Zheyu (Crystal) Jiang

February 9, 2022

Concerto competition winner Zheyu “Crystal” Jiang presents a piano recital with works by Chen Yi, Claude Debussy, and Franz Schubert.

Cellist Alexander Hersh and pianist Victor Santiago Asunción

February 16, 2022

Frequent WFMT guests Alexander Hersh and pianist Victor Santiago Asunción join forces to play music by Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Leoš Janáček, and Alexander Scriabin.

Katherine Beck and Chris Reynolds

February 23, 2022

Referred to as a “balmy-voiced mezzo-soprano” by the Boston Globe, Ryan Opera Center members Katherine Beck and collaborative pianist Chris Reynolds present works of Haydn, Rossini, H. L. Adams, Price, and Sondheim for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.