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.
Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet
The Civic Orchestra of Chicago String Quartet performs works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Rebecca Clarke, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Joy Curtain and Genevieve Smelser, violins Benjamin Wagner, viola Najette Abouelhadi, cello
Emma Gerstein, Alexander Love, and Winston Choi
This program features music by Mel Bonis and Carl Reinecke performed by Emma Gerstein, flute; Alexander Love, horn; and Winston Choi, piano. Emma Gerstein is second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Before her appointment to the CSO, she appeared with the Orchestra as a guest several ...
John Macfarlane and Victor Asunción
Violinist John Macfarlane and pianist Victor Asunción play music by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Tartini live from the Chicago Cultural Center.
Cora Swenson Lee and Claire-Chung Lim
Cellist Cora Swenson Lee and pianist Claire-Chung Lim present a program with music by Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Luise Adolpha Le Beau on this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert. Praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for playing “with maturity and panache,” Dr. Cora Swenson Lee is a cellist and baroque cellist who performs actively around the United ...
Brian Hong and Victor Asunción
Violinist Brian Hong and collaborative pianist Victor Asunción present a program of music by Florence Price, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Antonín Dvořák.
On this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert presented live from the Chicago Cultural Center, harpist Eleanor Kirk presents a program of Sophia Dussek, Lili Boulanger, Florence Price, Marcel Grandjany, and Brandee Younger. Eleanor Kirk serves as the Principal Harpist with both the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Season highlights from the past year include guest principal appearances ...