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The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | WFMT

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.

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Alexei Tartakovsky

Russian-American pianist Alexei Tartakovsky performs works of Einojuhani Rautavaara, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Igor Stravinsky live on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.The post Alexei Tartakovsky appeared first on WFMT.


10 Nov 2021

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Taeguk Mun and Lillia Woolschlager

Cellist Taeguk Mun and collaborative pianist Lillia Woolschlager present a program of music by Alberto Ginastera, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Jean Françaix for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.The post Taeguk Mun and Lillia Woolschlager appeared first on WFMT.


3 Nov 2021

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Natalia Kazaryan

Pianist Natalia Kazaryan presents a live performance of music by Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel, and Emma Lou Diemer.The post Natalia Kazaryan appeared first on WFMT.


27 Oct 2021

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Yoon-Wha Roh

Pianist Yoon-Wha Roh presents a program of Chopin, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff. The post Yoon-Wha Roh appeared first on WFMT.


13 Oct 2021

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Risus Quartet

The Risus Quartet presents two works on today’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast. The first is Quartettsatz by Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80.Risus Quartet Haeni Lee, violin Jieun Yoo, violin Mary Eunkyung Chang, viola Bobae Lee, celloThe post Risus Quartet appeared first on WFMT.


6 Oct 2021

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Duo FAE — made up of violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katharine Petersen — presents a live performance of Three Spirituals by Florence Price and the Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 by Brahms.We hope you enjoyed this performance. Don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream!The post Duo FAE appeared first on WFMT.


15 Sep 2021

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Silvan Negrutiu

Pianist Silvan Negrutiu presents a performance of works by Joan Tower, George Enescu, and Beethoven for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream!The post Silvan Negrutiu appeared first on WFMT.


8 Sep 2021

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Jordan Bak and Ji Yung Lee

Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is joined by collaborative pianist Ji Yung Lee for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from its new location at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago with works by Haydn, Leslie Adams, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann. “A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is an outstanding artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. A Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition to his growing solo career, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab. Highlights of the 2020-2021 season include virtual recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, The National Arts Club and the American Viola Society, as well as performances at WQXR/WNYC’s The Greene Space, The Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and Kaufman Music Center’s Musical Storefronts. Bak will also be returning to the legendary Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Jordan Hall, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others, and in Europe at the Verbier Festival, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Centre de Musique Hindemith, and the Helsinki Musiikkitalo. A proud advocate of 20th and 21st century new music, Bak gave the world premieres of Kaija Saariaho’s Du gick, flög for viola and mezzo-soprano and Die Aussicht for string quartet and soprano. Bak also gave an acclaimed performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York. He has additionally collaborated with such composers as Eli Greenhoe, Sampo Kansurinen, Caroline Shaw, and Delong Wang. 2nd prize and special award winner at Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, pianist and singer Ji Yung Lee has made appearances at Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center. She has also captivated audiences via numerous radio broadcasts including WQXR, MPR and WFMT. She recently joined Victory Hall Opera as its first official pianist-in-residence, with the title of Chief Repetiteur. Her upcoming engagements include a U.S. tour with violist Jordan Bak at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. During the pandemic, Ji Yung appears in virtual spaces as a conductor, pianist, singer, and coach. She conducted several virtual performances for Project Tacet where more than 40 musicians were involved. On her own Youtube Channel, SingingJungle, she sings and plays various genres of music including classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre, etc. Ji Yung received her Bachelor’s degree at Yonsei University in Korea, majoring in choral conducting, studying with Ickhyun Cho and Haeock Eunice Kim Bang. She participated in conducting masterclasses led by Donald Neuen and Simon Carrington as both conductor and pianist. She also studied Organ with Hyeyoung Lee and voice with Hyunjoo Jung. Biographies courtesy of IMF Chicago. *On-demand audio featured on this site may have been edited in order to comply with U.S. copyright regulations. The post Jordan Bak and Ji Yung Lee appeared first on WFMT.


1 Sep 2021

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Ben Solomonow and Christopher Goodpasture

Bronze medal winner of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Competition, cellist Ben Solomonow is joined by pianist Christopher Goodpasture performing music of Beethoven, Kodály, Strohl, and Debussy for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast.Described by the Toronto Concert Review as “exuding a depth of artistry and sublime musical sensitivity” and noted by the Dallas Morning News for his “rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth, and surefire technique,” pianist Christopher Goodpasture has a growing reputation as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist.Christopher’s performances reflect an emphasis on the importance of programming, with an inclination towards repertoire that is unconventional and lesser-known, and narrative that is provocative. These programs often weave together short works of disparate styles and eras in non-linear fashion, drawing unusual connections between seemingly unrelated composers. The essence of his approach as a performer lies in the totality of the listening experience.Winner of Astral Artists 2019 National Auditions in Philadelphia, Christopher regularly performs in concert venues internationally, including the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Koerner Hall (Toronto), Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall (New York), Bing Concert Hall (San Francisco), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a top prize-winner of international competitions across the country including the Washington International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Iowa International Piano Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, and Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Pianists in New York.Recent and forthcoming orchestral performances include Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 and Grieg Concerto with the Oakville Symphony in Toronto, concert works of Gershwin with the Riverside Symphonia, Mozart Concerto No. 23 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and Beethoven Concerto No. 2 with the Joven Orquesta Leonesa in Léon, Spain, as well as appearances with the Sioux City, Northumberland, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras.From a young age, Christopher developed a keen interest in collaboration and is now a widely sought-after chamber musician. He has collaborated with members of the Takacs, Ysaye, Amenda, and Guarneri string quartets and appeared in performances at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Banff Festivals. Most recently, he was a member of the New York-based Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute, emphasizing audience engagement, teaching and performing chamber music.Born in Los Angeles, California, Christopher’s education began at the Pasadena Conservatory, where he studied theory, chamber music, and for four years, composition with American composer, Andrew Norman. Christopher holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Hung-Kuan Chen, Peter Frankl, Jerome Lowenthal and Christopher Elton. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying with Stewart Gordon and John Perry.Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.The post Ben Solomonow and Christopher Goodpasture appeared first on WFMT.


18 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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Julia Hamos

Pianist Julia Hamos performs works by Clara Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Maurice Ravel for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center.Pianist Julia Hamos performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  She has given recitals and chamber music performances at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, Open Chamber Music of the IMS Prussia Cove festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Julia is the winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize for romantic-era music at the Royal Academy of Music, the winner of the Mannes College of Music Fidelman Prize for contemporary music, as well as the first prize winner of the International Virtuoso Competition in New York City and the recipient of the first Jacob Barnes Award of the Royal Academy of Music for ideas to create collaboration with other art forms and connect with different communities. She performed in masterclasses at the invitation of Sir Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall in London, where her playing was noted by the U.K.'s The Independent as "warmly seductive," in the Gstaad Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in 2017.Her chamber music collaborators include cellist Christoph Richter, pianist Richard Goode, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Berlin Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.With a penchant for collaborations with other arts, she has performed together with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the New English Ballet Theater, and The New School’s Drama Division, and has an affinity for experimental contemporary works that combine acting with playing. Julia has worked with artists including Andras Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Ades, Peter Serkin, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Babayan, and members of the Orion, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets. Julia began her studies at the age of 4 with Hungarian pianist Christina Kiss. She is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college division, the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton, and the Mannes College of Music, where she earned a Master's Degree and subsequently a Professional Studies Diploma studying with Richard Goode. Julia is a newly-appointed piano faculty member at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York. From fall 2019 she will study at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin under Sir András Schiff. She has been selected by Sir András Schiff to play a series of concerts in the Building Bridges series throughout Europe in the 2022-23 season.Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream!The post Julia Hamos appeared first on WFMT.


28 Jul 2021

Rank #10