Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many students who appear on Introductions pursue other careers, some have gone on to study music at some of the most prestigious music schools around the world and pursue careers as professional musicians.
Ella Saputra, 16, violin
This week Introductions features violinist Ella Saputra of Schaumburg, a student of Desirée Ruhstrat. Ella is a member of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory and a fellow of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. Today she presents a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and the complete Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto. Thank you to pianist Beilin Han, and ...
Louis Auxenfans, 16, clarinet & piano; Henry Auxenfans, 13, violin
This Saturday’s recital is an unusual family affair: brothers Louis and Henry Auxenfans of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood present a recital with five different instrumentations in one. Both attend the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and have been longtime members of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, moving up through the ranks of the orchestras since their elementary school days. Their recital ...
Alumni: Matthew Wright & Sonia Mantell
This week, Introductions digs into the archive to find two musicians who both went to music conservatories on the East Coast, but have ended up in quite different careers: one in music and one in medicine. Matthew Wright, flute Matthew Wright grew up in Gurnee and studied flute with Donald Peck and Hideko Amano. He gave a solo recital on ...
Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, 14, cello
This Saturday we hear from Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, a 14-year-old cellist from Wilmette and a student of Horacio Contreras. He’s selected a program of classics by Bach, Bréval and Rimsky-Korsakov; as well as 20th-century Latin American works by Brouwer and Villa-Lobos. Jan is joined by Milana Pavchinskaya on piano. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for allowing us ...
On the first Introductions of 2021, we look back at the music-making that happened in the rather strange year of 2020. We have home recordings, competition winners, young local performers getting shoulder-tapped for Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, new albums and singles, and Introductions in the Community collaborations with The People’s Music School and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. Enjoy this ...
Sami Gershenhorn, 11, piano
This Saturday we have a recital of classical favorites from 11-year-old pianist Sami Gershenhorn of Lake Forest. On this holiday program is music by Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu; Bach’s Italian Concerto; Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata; and pieces by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Debussy. Sami Gershenhorn is an 11-year-old established classical composer and professional pianist, who attends Deerpath Middle School in Lake Forest, and studies ...
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A wonderful show
This is a wonderful show. Showcasing young talent from Chicago, their music and also their sometimes offbeat attitudes.
Unfortunately it seems to have disappeared at the end of 2009? Hope it returns.
This is an awesome radio show. It really gets to the youth of today and gets my generation to love classical music. It has teens just like us that are amazing at their instrument and I find if very enjoyable. Check out this podcast, you'll love it.