Brahms String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

Violinists Daniel Phillips & Jennifer Frautschi join violists Steven Tenenbom & Ida Kavafian, plus cellist Eric Kim, in a beautiful rendition of the Brahms String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111. Also on the program are two works by Claude Debussy: his Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, and L’isle Joyeuse.

Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet

The Dover Quartet plays Mozart’s “Dissonance Quartet” – String Quartet in C Major, K. 465. Then later, it’s the Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by Nicolas Namoradze, John Storgårds and Peter Stumpf.

Brentano String Quartet

“An ensemble of exceptional insight”, the Brentano String Quartet performs masterworks with reverence and an admirable balance of creativity and restraint.

Arensky, Bernstein, and Clara Schumann

This week, discover Anton Arensky’s memorial to Tchaikovsky in the form of his Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35. Also featured on the program: Leonard Bernstein’s first published work, and Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, Op. 22.

Mozart and Amy Beach

A juxtaposition of two completely different styles. Enjoy Mozart’s Wind Serenade in C minor, K. 388, then the Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67 by Amy Beach.

Escher String Quartet and Zoltán Fejérvári

Pianist Zoltán Fejérvári wows with the Bach Partita in B-flat Major, and the Escher String Quartet gives a fantastic performance of Dvorak’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51.

Haydn and Beethoven

Works by Classical era giants shine in string quartet and piano trio configurations.

John Bull & Franz Schubert

Season Premiere: Benjamin Hochman plays a hidden gem of the English Baroque repertoire, then we hear a String Quintet by Franz Schubert.

Stream Highlight Performances from WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration

How better to mark 70 years of WFMT than with a party!?

Video: Two Unsung Quartets Played by Fischoff-Winning Risus Quartet

Hearing music by Schubert and Mendelssohn, WFMT audiences enjoyed some rarified music-making by the Risus Quartet, the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious 2021 Fishoff Competition.

Preview: A Look at the Live Music Of North Shore Chamber Music Fest

Enjoy the beauty of live music-making (even if you aren’t there in person) with a star-studded chamber music sampler of works new and old.

KAIA String Quartet Wishes You a Happy Holiday

Chicago’s own KAIA String Quartet plays an original medley to wish you happy holidays. Wearing masks, the ensemble recorded the performance — especially for WFMT — from the Fulton Street Collective.

Video: Avalon String Quartet Honors Beethoven 250 with a Dynamic Performance

On the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the Avalon String Quartet gave a deft and passionate performance of one of Beethoven’s finest chamber works.

2020’s 8 Best Classical Christmas Albums

Every year, the holiday season brings a new assortment of fabulous and festive Christmas albums.

Star-Studded ‘Trout’ Quintet Will Lift Your Spirits

It’s hard to overstate just how impressive this performance’s lineup is.

11 New Chicago Ensembles You Should Know

For naysayers who think classical music is on the decline, these Chicago-based performing groups offer the perfect response. All founded in the past three years, they’re offering fresh takes on repertoire familiar and unfamiliar, expanding the musical canon and enlivening the musical life of our city.

You Heard Violinist Ryan Meehan 10 Years Ago on ‘Introductions’. Now, He’s Performing with a Premiere Chamber Ensemble.

Now in its 10th season, WFMT’s Introductions, the Saturday morning program that highlights the finest pre-college musicians in the Chicago area, has given young artists a platform to have their talents and voices heard. Many students who appear on the program decide to study music at an early age, but Introductions alum Ryan Meehan discovered the violin by accident. “I …

How D-Composed Aims to Re-Compose the Experience of Classical Concerts

“We want to dismantle the notion that classical music is reserved for a certain group of people,” said D-Composed Chicago founder Kori Coleman.

Video: Hear a Holiday Medley Performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet

The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet performed in the Levin Performance Studio at WFMT for an edition of Impromptu. Watch a video as they perform their own arrangement of some favorite holiday tunes.

This String Quartet Was Founded at a Taco Truck… Now It’s at Juilliard

In September 2017, violinists Jason Issokson and Clara Kim, violist Dana Kelley, and cellist Joann Whang move to New York to begin a graduate residency at the Juilliard School. The four musicians play together as the Argus Quartet, which formed in one of the most unlikely of places: next to a taco truck.

Chiara String Quartet Plays Complete Bartók Quartets Completely By Heart

“Once we have gotten over the initial hump of memorizing, we’ve found it allow us to improvise as a group in a much more agile way.”

Kontras Quartet Brings Together Classical and Folk Traditions Live at the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge

Continuing its Cabaret series, WFMT brought together diverse artists in the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge, a subterranean space at the Chopin Theatre, on Monday, April 17, 2017. WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis hosted the performance and broadcast before a live audience that featured two Chicago-based ensembles, the band Big Sadie and the Kontras Quartet. The string quartet gets its name from the …