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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Longleash

February 26, 2020

The Longleash ensemble presents works by Beethoven and Ives for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Pala Garcia, violin John Popham, cello Renate Rohlfing, piano Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) is an ensemble with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. The “expert young trio” (Strad Magazine) takes its name from Operation Long Leash, ...

Elise Blatchford and Jacob Coleman

March 4, 2020

Flutist Elise Blatchford and pianist Jacob Coleman present a program of Darius Milhaud, William Grant Still, and Sergei Prokofiev for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast. Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “superb command of color and nuance,” Elise Blatchford is the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. A chamber ...

Evan Wong

March 11, 2020

Taiwanese American Pianist Evan Wong presents an all Chopin program on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Taiwanese American Pianist Evan Wong has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, Jordan Hall and John Hancock Hall in Boston, Taichung Opera House and ...

Vera Quartet

March 18, 2020

The 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions winners, the Vera Quartet present two works on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. On their program is La Oración del Torero by Joaquín Turina and String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Becky Anderson, Violin Pedro Rodriguez, Violin Inés Picado Molares, Viola Justin Goldsmith, Cello ...

Christopher Kenney and Madeline Slettedahl

March 25, 2020

Member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago baritone Christopher Kenney with collaborative pianist Madeline Slettedahl present music from Rossini, Korngold, and more. A native of Hawley, Minnesota, baritone Christopher Kenney is in his second and final year with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of ...