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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Ambroise Aubrun and Steven Vanhauwaert

April 24, 2019

Violinist Ambroise Aubrun and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert present two works on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Violin Sonata No. 1, by Philippe Gaubert.   French violinist Ambroise Aubrun, Assistant Professor of Violin at UNLV, was described as a performer with a “marvelous ease, suppleness and beauty of ...

Lee Dionne

May 1, 2019

Pianist Lee Dionne presents a program of Beethoven and Brahms on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Pianist Lee Dionne holds passion, imagination, and play at the core of his art. His performances have been described as “impressive” (NY Times) and “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and his interpretations combine a freedom of elocution with a depth of understanding across a ...

Graeme Steele Johnson and Yevgeny Yontov

May 8, 2019

Clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson and pianist Yevgeny Yontov present a program of Brahms and Debussy for this live broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Winner of the Hellam Young Artists’ Competition and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Graeme Steele Johnson has established a multifaceted career as a clarinetist, writer and artistic producer. As a soloist and chamber musician, he ...

Esther Lee and Sung Chang

May 29, 2019

The husband and wife duo Sung Chang and Ester Lee present four hand piano music by Bach, Liszt, and Piazzolla for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Husband and wife duo team, Sung Chang and Esther Lee have been playing together since 2010 while studying at Hochschule fuer Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany. After only six ...