Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
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.
April 3, 2019
Internationally acclaimed pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite joins us in live performance with works of Mikalojus Konstantinos Čiurlionis, Carlos Guastavino, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, and Moritz Moszkowski for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. This concert will air on Facebook Live at 12:15 pm, and then on WFMT at 8:00 p.m. Hailed for “artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity” (Gramophone), internationally ...
Richard Lin and Chih-Yi Chen
March 27, 2019
Violinist Richard Lin with collaborative pianist Chih-Yi Chen present a program of Wieniawski, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin is the newly crowned Gold Medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis which took place this past September. Highlights of Mr. Lin’s 2018-2019 season include recitals in Chicago, La Jolla and throughout ...
March 20, 2019
Pianist Michael Noble presents a program of Brahms, Schubert, and Scriabin live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) and versatile pianist whose performances and initiatives have engrossed audiences across Asia, Europe, and the Americas...
Diderot String Quartet with Harry Bicket
March 13, 2019
Diderot String Quartet—named after the eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot—brings a fresh approach to works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Diderot came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre; they found the ...
Facebook Exclusive | Eric Ferring and Madeline Slettedahl
March 6, 2019
Tenor Eric Ferring and pianist Madeline Slettedahl perform a program of Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, and Ben Moore in this Facebook Live Exclusive Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, and first-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance ...
February 27, 2019
Award winning pianist Lindsay Garritson performs works by Haydn, Glinka, and Prokofiev live from the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast. Pianist Lindsay Garritson has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (Texas), ...
Curtis on Tour
February 20, 2019
Music for vocal ensemble and piano four hands by Romberg, Poulenc, Schubert, and Brahms
February 13, 2019
First prize winner of Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, pianist Joseph Kingma brings a program of Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart plus two works by Felix Mendelssohn for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Known for a sound that is “rich and encompassing, yet delicate and refined” and a “flawless and expressive” technique, ...
YooJin Jang and Renana Gutman
February 6, 2019
Korean born violinist YooJin Jang with returning collaborative pianist Renana Gutman perform Johann Paul von Westhoff’s Suite for Violin No. 6 in D Major and Robert Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 121 live under the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast.
Henry Kramer, piano
January 23, 2019
Pianist Henry Kramer performs Debussy’s Suite bergamasque and Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy live from the Chicago Cultural Center. The winner of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School and the Second Prize winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the foremost pianists of his generation. His performances have been praised by critics as ...
January 20, 2019
Pianist Christopher Goodpasture joins us under the Tiffany dome with works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy. Praised by the Dallas Morning News for his “rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth, and surefire technique”, Christopher Goodpasture has established himself as a musician of refined style. The Toronto Concert Review described his playing as a “rare combination of strength, energy and sublime musical sensitivity…matched ...
Philippe Quint and Marta Aznavoorian
January 16, 2019
Grammy nominated artists violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Marta Aznavoorian present a program of Brahms, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Charlie Chaplin including Smile. Multi Grammy Award nominee Violinist Philippe Quint has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. Constantly in demand, he regularly appears at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York and at the most ...
Oliver Herbert and Xiaohui Yang
January 9, 2019
Cellist Oliver Herbert and pianist Xiaohui Yang present a program of Janáček and Fauré live from Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. Oliver Herbert, from San Francisco, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015 and studies cello with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. All students ...
December 19, 2018
The Merz Trio presents works of Brahms, Schubert, and Charlotte Bray live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.
Parry Karp and Jeffrey Sykes
December 12, 2018
Cellist Parry Karp with pianist Jeffrey Sykes present works of Karol Szymanowski and Rebecca Clarke under the Tiffany glass dome for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Cellist Parry Karp is Artist-in Residence and Professor of Chamber Music and Cello, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist ...
Kate Flum and Beilin Han
December 5, 2018
Flutist Kathryn Flum along with collaborative pianist Beilin Han present a program with music by Georges Hüe, Eugène Bozza, Gabriel Fauré, Joseph Schwantner, and Aaron Copland live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert from the Chicago Cultural Center. Flutist Kathryn Flum “wins the heart of her audience” (VisionTimes, China) with appearances hailed as “breathtaking” (PBS), “performed with just the ...
Sophia Bacelar and Noreen Polera
November 28, 2018
Cellist Sophia Bacelar and pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera join us under the Tiffany glass dome with music of Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff. Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar is quickly gaining recognition as one of classical music’s young rising stars. Recent seasons saw her debuts as soloist at renowned venues such as The Berliner Philharmonie and The Tonhalle Zürich, a series of six concerts broadcast by ...
November 21, 2018
Violinist Hannah White and pianist Matthew Hagle join us in live performance on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Violinist Hannah White has performed extensively throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall. Hannah has been described by The New York Times as, “terrific… expressive… enthusiastic ” by NY Concert Review as, “phenomenal…blaze… commanded … perfect”, an d Cleveland.com as “clinched…razor-sharp… bright”. ...
November 14, 2018
Pianist Dominic Cheli performs live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast from Preston Bradley Hall. Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing…great skill and technical prowess,” pianist Dominic Cheli is First Prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Earlier in 2017, Naxos released his debut CD, and he won the Music Academy of the West ...
November 7, 2018
Pianist Tzu-Yin Huang joins us in live performance under the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Tzu-Yin Huang began playing the piano at the age four in Taiwan. After many years of study, including an undergraduate degree from National Taiwan Normal University, she won the school concerto competition and the YAMAHA ...
Taek Gi Lee
February 19, 2020
Taek Gi Lee, from Seoul, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 and studies piano with Robert McDonald. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Lee is the Yvonne K. Druian Fellow. Mr. Lee gave his recital debut at age 13 on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. He went on to win prizes at several international ...
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, ...