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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Peter Friis Johansson

May 2, 2018

Swedish pianist Peter Friis Johnsson known for his nuances and his ability to reveal “unexpected cultural contexts” in the music, joins us live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center with two works by Franz Liszt.   Peter Friis Johansson is different. His fiery performances, intuition for subtle variation, and ability to create musical ideas in unexpected cultural ...

Alicia Choi & Futaba Niekawa

May 9, 2018

Violin soloist and avid chamber musician Alicia Choi joins us along with collaborative pianist Futaba Niekawa with a program of live music under the Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center with music of Henryk Wieniawski, Béla Bartók, and George Enescu.   Lauded for “possessing a big sound and a warm tone” by TwinCities.com, violinist Alicia Choi is an avidly ...

Andrea Casarrubios & Ronaldo Rolim

May 16, 2018

Spanish born cellist applauded by the New York Times for having “traversed the palette of emotions” with “gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity” joins us with pianist Ronaldo Rolim live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. They present works of Vaughan Williams, Schumann, and de Falla.   Winners of numerous competitions around the world, Spanish cellist Andrea ...

Alexandra Joan

May 23, 2018

French-Romanian pianist joins us with a program of live music from the Chicago Cultural Center including Haydn, Liszt, and Schumann.   “Elegant (…) refreshingly temperamental”- (The New York Times) French-Romanian pianist Alexandra Joan is an active soloist and sought-after chamber player who performs extensively in Europe and in the United States. She has appeared at major venues and festivals in ...

Renana Gutman

May 30, 2018

Pianist Renana Gutman hailed by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing returns once again to the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series with a program of live music from Preston Bradley Hall with music of Bach, Chopin, Ligeti, and Schulhoff.   Praised by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman has ...