Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
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.
May 26, 2021
Duo Dotto-Cho performs music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
May 19, 2021
The Colere Quartet plays music by Bach, Guillermo Lago, and Russell Peck live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
William Welter & Winston Choi
May 12, 2021
Music for oboe and piano by Benjamin Godard, Vivian Fine, and Antonio Pasculli live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
David Griffin and Mio Nakamura
May 5, 2021
Music for horn and piano by Kvandal, Bozza, Glière, and Quinn Mason live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
James Vaughen and Ann Newton Vaughen
April 28, 2021
James Vaughen attends the Curtis Institute of Music and is a student of David Bilger. James has soloed with the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Illinois Sinfonia da Camera. James’s performances with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra have taken him on two concert tours of China ...
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet
April 21, 2021
Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Elizabeth Huffman, violin 2 Amanda Grimm, viola Jacob Hanegan, cello Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Azusa Tashiro is Concertmaster for Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and is originally from Chiba, Japan. She started playing violin at the age of 4 and continued her studies at the Toho School of Music and DePaul University, where she studied with the ...
Ryan Opera Center Artists
April 14, 2021
David Weigel, bass-baritone Chris Reynolds, piano David Weigel, bass-baritone Hailed as “heroic” and “stentorian” (San Francisco Chronicle) and possessing an “imposing, mahogany voice” (Opera News), American bass-baritone David Weigel is a third-year Ensemble Member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. During his tenure with the program, Mr. Weigel has performed The Voice of Neptune/Idomeneo, First Minister/Cendrillon, ...
April 7, 2021
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet Andrei Muravev, bassoon Chuang Li, piano Elizandro Garcia Montoya is a versatile musician. In addition to performing with the Trio Internazionale, Elizandro is a member of the Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, principal clarinetist with the Elmhurst Symphony and a member of the Chicago Philharmonic. He is former principal clarinet of the Sarasota Opera, Mexico State Orchestra ...
March 31, 2021
Abraham Feder, cello, and Cheryl Feder, harp, perform works of J.S. Bach, Johann Strauss, Henriette Renié, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco live for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. *On-demand audio featured on this site may have been edited in order to comply with U.S. copyright regulations.
Beatrice Chen and Kuang-Hao Huang
March 24, 2021
This live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert features works by Paul Hindemith and Rebecca Clarke performed by Beatrice Chen and Kuang-Hao Huang.
Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet
March 17, 2021
The Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet performs works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Rebecca Clarke, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Joy Curtain and Genevieve Smelser, violins Benjamin Wagner, viola Najette Abouelhadi, cello
Sonia Mantell and Victor Asunción
March 10, 2021
Cellist Sonia Mantell and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion perform works by Kevin Day, Claude Debussy, and Laura Netzel live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Sonia Mantell, cellist from Orland Park, Illinois, studied at New England Conservatory and DePaul School of Music under the tutelage of Natasha Brofksy and Brant Taylor respectively. She was appointed co-principal cellist of the NEC orchestras ...
Emma Gerstein, Alexander Love, and Winston Choi
March 3, 2021
This program features music by Mel Bonis and Carl Reinecke performed by Emma Gerstein, flute; Alexander Love, horn; and Winston Choi, piano. Emma Gerstein is second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Before her appointment to the CSO, she appeared with the Orchestra as a guest several ...
John Macfarlane and Victor Asunción
February 24, 2021
Violinist John Macfarlane and pianist Victor Asunción play music by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Tartini live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
Cora Swenson Lee and Claire-Chung Lim
February 17, 2021
Cellist Cora Swenson Lee and pianist Claire-Chung Lim present a program with music by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Luise Adolpha Le Beau on this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for playing “with maturity and panache,” Dr. Cora Swenson Lee is a cellist and baroque cellist who performs actively around the United ...
Brian Hong and Victor Asunción
February 10, 2021
Violinist Brian Hong and collaborative pianist Victor Asunción present a program of music by Florence Price, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Antonín Dvořák.
February 3, 2021
On this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert presented live from the Chicago Cultural Center, harpist Eleanor Kirk presents a program of Sophia Dussek, Lili Boulanger, Florence Price, Marcel Grandjany, and Brandee Younger. Eleanor Kirk serves as the Principal Harpist with both the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Season highlights from the past year include guest principal appearances ...
Anastasiya Squires and Stephen Squires
January 27, 2021
Flutist Anastasiya Squires and pianist Stephen Squires perform a program of Mykola Lysenko, Germaine Tailleferre, Franz Doppler, Zhanna Kolodub , and Theobald Boehm live from the Cultural Center. Anastasiya Squires, is the winner of the Aeolian Classics Emerging Artists Competition, and was named a Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. She received her musical education, in her native Ukraine, at ...
Rannveig Marta Sarc and Victor Asunción
January 20, 2021
Icelandic-Slovenian violinist Rannveig Marta Sarc and pianist Victor Asunción perform works of Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, and Maurice Ravel on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center.
Paula Kosower and Kuang-Hao Huang
January 13, 2021
Live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast cellist Paula Kosower and collaborative pianist Kuang-Hao Huang present works of Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Tune in to WFMT or watch the livestream below to enjoy the performance. Paula Kosower is an active performer and teacher currently residing in Chicago. She frequently performs for the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber ...
October 20, 2021
Pianist Natasha Stojanovska presents a program of Chopin, Mussorgsky, Szymanowska, Levina, and a composition by the pianist herself.