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.
June 26, 2019
Praised by the International Record Review for its “complete dedication and assurance… [and for] music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff, ” Trio Appassionata is known for its communicative power, engaging performances, and the ability to bring audiences from different cultures together through music. Trio Appassionata’s recent engagements include extensive tours of both China and Brazil. The trio toured China under the ...
Brian Lam, piano
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 First Prize at the Hong Kong International Concerto ...
Tatiana Chulochnikova and Martin Labazevitch
June 5, 2019
Violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova and pianist Martin Labazevitch perform rare works by Polish composers including Karol Lipinski, Karol Szymanowski, and Chopin’s first music teacher Josef Elsner. Praised for her “fine performances” (The Washington Post), “dark plush romantic violin sound’ (New York Concert Review) and ‘thrilling technique and bravura style” (San Francisco Classical Voice) violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova is pursuing an active career as a ...
Esther Lee and Sung Chang
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 in Germany. After only six months as a ...
Kelsey Lauritano, mezzo-soprano & Andrew Sun, piano — Facebook Exclusive
May 22, 2019
Mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano and pianist Andrew Sun share a program featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, Falla, and Ricky Ian Gordon in this Facebook Live-exclusive Dame Myra Hess recital. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Japanese-American mezzo Kelsey Lauritano has been hailed by Opera News for her “wondrous power”, by the Boston Globe for her “rippling wine-dark voice with a low ...
Bryan Cheng and Silvie Cheng
May 15, 2019
The Cheng² Duo — Bryan Cheng, cello, and Silvie Cheng, piano — present works by Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and Sarasate under the Tiffany glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center. Captivating audiences and critics alike, the Cheng² Duo distinguishes itself with its uncompromising musical integrity, undeniable chemistry, and unparalleled communication with its listeners. The brother-and-sister duo is formed by 21-year-old cellist Bryan Cheng, top ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 sound” ...
Juliette Herlin and Kevin Ahfat
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 such prestigious venues as the Théâtre des ...
April 10, 2019
Pianist Sophiko Simsive presents a program of Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Sergei Prokofiev for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Please note that this concert will be aired at 8:00 p.m. Georgian-born Sophiko Simsive started to play the piano at the age of three and began her studies from her mother. At the age of eleven years, she ...
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.
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