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.
January 6, 2021
Duo Diorama MingHuan Xu, violin Winston Choi, piano Duo Diorama present a live performance featuring works of William Grant Still, Winston Choi, and Paul Schoenfield. DUO DIORAMA is composed of Chinese violinist MingHuan Xu and Canadian pianist Winston Choi. They are compelling and versatile artists who perform in an eclectic mix of musical styles, ranging from the great standard works ...
Avalon String Quartet
December 16, 2020
Blaise Magnière, violin Marie Wang, violin Anthony Devroye, viola Cheng Hou-Lee, cello The Avalon has performed in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St Y, Merkin Hall, and Bargemusic in New York; the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. Other performances include appearances ...
Joshua Brown and Milana Pavchinskaya
December 9, 2020
Music of Debussy, Wieniawski, and Clara Schumann live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
December 2, 2020
The Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio returns to share a recital of Turina, Fauré, and Stephanie Boyd. Desirée Ruhstrat violin David Cunliffe cello Marta Aznavoorian, piano Tune in to the performance livestream below. The Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio returns to share a recital of Turina, Fauré, and Stephanie Boyd. Desirée Ruhstrat violin David Cunliffe cello Marta Aznavoorian, piano Tune in to the performance ...
Andrew Byun and Victor Asuncion
November 18, 2020
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Masha and Lyudmila Lakisova
November 11, 2020
Violinist Masha Lakisova and her mother, pianist Lyudmila Lakisova, join us for a live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center with music of Mozart, Chausson, Mayer, and Piazzolla. Biography courtesy of IMF Chicago. At just nineteen, Chicago violinist Masha Lakisova is fast becoming one of the rising stars of her generation. She has appeared as ...
November 4, 2020
Flutist Marie Tachouet and pianist Beilin Han join us for a live Dame Myra Hess Concert from the Chicago Cultural Center.
Noah Chen and Beilin Han
October 28, 2020
Joining us from the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center is cellist Noah Chen with collaborative pianist Beilin Han. Cellist Noah Chen currently attends the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Dr. Clara Kim. Noah is both an avid soloist and chamber musician. As a member of the Chen String Quartet, he has performed for NPR’s From ...
Amy Hess and Paul Hauer
October 21, 2020
This is a live recording from the Chicago Cultural Center on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in which we present violist Amy Hess and pianist Paul Hauer with music of Vaughan Williams, Clarke, and Schubert. You can still view the concert live at 12:15 pm on WFMT’s Facebook page. Amy Hess is a member of the viola sections ...
Jenny Shin and Beilin Han, piano
October 14, 2020
Live from the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, flutist Jenny Shin and pianist Beilin Han present a program featuring works by Copland and Feld. Biography Courtesy of IMF Chicago. A native of San Diego, California, flutist Jenny Shin is a performer, educator, chamber ensemble coach and wind pedagogy instructor. She is an avid solo recitalist in ...
Isabella Brown and Milana Pavchinskaya
October 7, 2020
Violinist Isabella Brown and collaborative pianist Milana Pavchinskaya present a program of Beethoven, Beach, Howard, and Saint-Saëns live from the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. American violinist Isabella Brown has recently been making a name for herself on the classical music scene. Isabella was awarded a top prize in the 2019 Cooper International Competition and consequently had ...
Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet
September 30, 2020
We welcome back live performances from the Chicago Cultural Center. Though the Cultural Center remains closed, the WFMT audience will be treated to a live concert from the Claudia Cassidy Theater with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet. Nora Shaffer, Eb Clarinet/Bb Clarinet Erin Miesner, Bb Clarinet Cally Laughlin, Bb Clarinet Joe Sanchez, Bass Clarinet We welcome back live performances from the ...
Gaudete and Red Star Brass – [Rebroadcast]
September 23, 2020
This is an encore broadcast from September 13, 2017, with the combined forces of Gaudete and Red Star Brass recorded live from the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Gaudete Brass Bill Baxtresser, trumpet Charles Russell Roberts, trumpet Paul Von Hoff, trombone Joanna Schulz, horn Scott Tegge, tuba Since 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has committed itself to presenting serious brass ...
Huiping Cai [Rebroadcast]
September 16, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from July 31, 2019. Twenty-one-year-old Chinese pianist Huiping Cai presents a live recital with works by Ravel, Paderewski, and Chopin for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Twenty-one-year-old Huiping Cai is one of the most exciting young talents coming from China today. Winner of numerous national and international competitions, she captured First Prize at the ...
Juliette Herlin and Kevin Ahfat [Rebroadcast]
September 9, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from April 17, 2019. Cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Kevin Ahfat present a concert of French repertoire by Henri Duparc, Reynaldo Hahn, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. French cellist Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the US, and Asia as soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist in ...
Lee Dionne [Rebroadcast]
September 2, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from 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 ...
Brian Lam [Rebroadcast]
August 26, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from June 19, 2019. Pianist Brian Lam performs works by Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt live from the Chicago Cultural Center in this week’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Hailed by pianist Claude Frank as “a superbly talented young pianist,” Brian Lam has performed at numerous concert venues around the globe. He has recently claimed the ...
Graeme Steele Johnson and Yevgeny Yontov [Rebroadcast]
August 19, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from 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 ...
Esther Lee and Sung Chang [Rebroadcast]
August 12, 2020
This is a rebroadcast from May 29, 2019. The husband and wife duo Sung Chang and Esther Lee presents music for piano four hands 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 ...
Gabriel Martins and Joseph Liccardo [Rebroadcast]
August 5, 2020
This is a broadcast from July 10, 2019. Gabriel Martins and Joseph Liccardo present music for cello and piano by both Clara and Robert Schumann as well as a Beethoven sonata live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. American cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) is a prize-winner of the David Popper International Cello Competition, Orford Music ...
October 20, 2021
Pianist Natasha Stojanovska presents a program of Chopin, Mussorgsky, Szymanowska, Levina, and a composition by the pianist herself.