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Meet Chicago's Best Young Classical Musicians! "Introductions" spotlights the Chicago area's best pre-college classical musicians. Soloists and small ensembles perform live in WFMT's state-of-the-art Levin Performance Studio, while larger bands, orchestras and choruses will be recorded at their home locations.

Meet Chicago's Best Young Classical Musicians! "Introductions" spotlights the Chicago area's best pre-college classical musicians. Soloists and small ensembles perform live in WFMT's state-of-the-art Levin Performance Studio, while larger bands, orchestras and choruses will be recorded at their home locations.
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Chicago, IL

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Meet Chicago's Best Young Classical Musicians! "Introductions" spotlights the Chicago area's best pre-college classical musicians. Soloists and small ensembles perform live in WFMT's state-of-the-art Levin Performance Studio, while larger bands, orchestras and choruses will be recorded at their home locations.

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WFMT Radio Network 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4698 (773) 279-2020


Episodes

LIVE | Holly Venkitaswaran, 18, flute

3/16/2019
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In 2018, Holly earned first place at the Chicago Flute Club Student Competition and the Kenosha Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. She also received Honorable Mention at the 2017 Midwest Young Artists Walgreens National Concerto Competition. In addition to competing, Holly has been a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for seven years and earned second place in the 2019 ... The post LIVE | Holly Venkitaswaran, 18, flute appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:42:47

LIVE | Kimberly Han, 17, piano

3/9/2019
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On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 17-year-old pianist Kimberly Han. Kimberly is a Steinway Young Artist, a 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholar, a four-year full scholarship recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States (2016-2020), and a two-time National YoungArts Foundation winner (2017-2018). She currently studies with Alexander Korsantia (New England Conservatory), and Brenda Huang (Music Institute of Chicago). ... The post LIVE | Kimberly Han, 17, piano appeared first on...

Duration:00:48:23

Merit School of Music’s 37th Annual Performathon

3/2/2019
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature two ensembles from Merit School of Music to highlight their 37th Annual Performathon. Performathon 2019 takes place on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Merit’s West Loop location. Performathon is a two-day performance and fundraising extravaganza that features over 350 student musicians, and the funds raised from Performathon help ensure that the Alice ... The post Merit School of Music’s 37th Annual Performathon appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:44:50

LIVE | Irina Casasnovas Jilobokov, 18, violin

2/16/2019
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On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18-year-old violinist Irina Casasnovas Jilobokov. She is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. She studies violin with Almita Vamos. Irina was born in San José, Costa Rica and began studying the violin at age 7. At the age of 9, Irina was ... The post LIVE | Irina Casasnovas Jilobokov, 18, violin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:41:42

LIVE | Alice Zhang, 17, piano

1/12/2019
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On Saturday’s live broadcast and Facebook Live, we feature 17-year-old pianist Alice Zhang of Vernon Hills, Illinois in a program of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and William Bolcom. Alice is a senior at Vernon Hills High School, and she started piano lessons at age four with Brenda Huang. She also studies piano with Eduardus Halim, the Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair of Piano ... The post LIVE | Alice Zhang, 17, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:35:22

A Musical Smorgasbord to Ring in the New Year

12/29/2018
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Our last edition of Introductions for 2018 is a musical smorgasbord, featuring highlights from an exciting year of performances given by young Chicago-based musicians and ensembles. We’ll hear from the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, who gave powerful joint performances as a part of YAS! Fest–the Youth Arts Showcase–in September. We’ll also feature the Latin GRAMMY-Nominated Mariachi ... The post A Musical Smorgasbord to Ring in the New Year appeared first...

Duration:00:52:30

From the Midwest to Vienna: A Holiday Celebration

12/22/2018
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for a holiday edition of Introductions featuring young musicians from the Midwest and beyond. We’ll hear the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory’s I’Solisti, a MYAC chamber orchestra, perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major. We also feature the Vienna Boys Choir singing traditional carols in WFMT’s Levin Performance ... The post From the Midwest to Vienna: A Holiday Celebration appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:22:59

String Highlights

9/29/2018
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature a program dedicated to string music we’ve heard so far this year on Introductions. From solo violin to string quartet to harp, we’ll listen back to some great performances from WFMT’s Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio. The post String Highlights appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:44:05

LIVE | Introductions Celebrates 10 Years at Youth Arts Showcase in Millennium Park

9/22/2018
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth, a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. This coincides with the 10th anniversary of WFMT’s Introductions, which spotlights the Chicago area’s talented pre-college musicians. As a highlight event of the Year of Creative Youth, the Youth Arts Showcase (YAS! Fest) will take place on Saturday, September 22, and host...

Duration:00:40:22

2018 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition Winner Yerin Yang

9/15/2018
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Many musicians dream to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the CSO gives that opportunity to one young musician every year. On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 15-year-old pianist Yerin Yang of Mount Prospect. Yerin won the 2018 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and as a result, she will perform with the CSO during the 2018/2019 season. ... The post 2018 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition Winner Yerin Yang appeared...

Duration:00:45:31

A Leonard Bernstein Birthday Celebration

8/25/2018
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Leonard Bernstein was many things: conductor, composer, pianist. He was also an educator to so many people during his lifetime, and he educated an entire generation about classical music with his Young People’s Concerts. We celebrate Bernstein’s 100th birthday on Introductions with a program dedicated to his music, performed by pre-college musicians in the Chicago area. The post A Leonard Bernstein Birthday Celebration appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:16:50

Derek Chung, 18, piano

8/18/2018
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 18-year-old pianist Derek Chung of Lincolnshire, Illinois. Derek is an incoming freshman at Stanford University, and he currently studies piano with Sueanne Metz. Derek’s recent accomplishments include the Grand Prize Winner at the Chicago International Music Competition, first place at the MTNA National Senior Piano Competition, Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, MostArts Festival Piano Competition, Future ... The post Derek Chung, 18, piano...

Duration:00:37:39

Piano Highlights

8/11/2018
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature some recordings of piano highlights from the past year as performed by talented pre-college musicians from the Chicago area. The post Piano Highlights appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:46:17

LIVE | Joshua Brown, 18, violin

7/28/2018
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On Saturday’s live broadcast, we welcome back 18-year-old violinist Joshua Brown of Gurnee, Illinois to the program. Joshua Brown received glowing reviews for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 15. “Had he played from behind a curtain, you wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown…was only 15,” wrote clevelandclassical.com. “His interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first violin concerto was so ... The post LIVE | Joshua Brown, 18, violin appeared first on...

Duration:00:46:45

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Plays Barber and CYSO Ventus Wind Quintet

7/21/2018
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature musicians of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO). We’ll first hear CYSO Symphony Orchestra perform Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, a performance from their Symphony Center concert on May 20, 2018. On the second half of the program, we feature CYSO’s Ventus Wind Quintet. Their members include 18-year-old flutist Hope Rogers, 16-year-old oboist Nate Sanchez, ... The post Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Plays Barber and CYSO Ventus Wind Quintet...

Duration:00:45:52

Emily Bear, 16, pianist and composer

6/30/2018
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On Saturday's broadcast, we welcome back 16-year-old pianist, composer, and songwriter Emily Bear to Introductions. At age 7, she was one of the first artists to appear on Introductions in 2008. Since then, she has performed at many of the world's most well-known venues. Emily will also be the featured pianist at Grant Park Music Festival's annual Independence Day Salute Concert on Wednesday, July 4. The post Emily Bear, 16, pianist and composer appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:29:39

Latin GRAMMY-Nominated Mariachi Herencia de México

6/23/2018
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On Saturday's broadcast, we welcome back Mariachi Herencia de México to Introductions. The ensemble, made up of pre-college musicians from Chicago, gave their radio premiere on Introductions in 2017 and shared selections from their debut album, Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage). The album received a Latin GRAMMY nomination and national attention. Mariachi Herencia de México shares tracks from their second album, Herencia De La Tierra ... The post Latin GRAMMY-Nominated Mariachi Herencia de...

Duration:00:43:10

U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts: Julian Rhee, 17, violin

6/2/2018
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On Saturday’s broadcast, we welcome back 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Julian appeared on Introductions earlier this year, and we invited him back to the program after being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. This award is perhaps the highest honor for a young artist in the country. In order to be considered for this honor, Julian was selected ... The post U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts: Julian Rhee, 17, violin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:35:52

LIVE: 88Keys to Cure, Young Musicians Organize to Share Power of Music

5/26/2018
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On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 3 pianists from Sueanne Metz’s studio: Derek Chung, Sophia Li, and Colin Choi. These young pianists founded 88Keys to Cure, a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through music. The students organize performances to benefit local charities of their choice. 88Keys to Cure has raised $11,500.00 for the Neonatal ... The post LIVE: 88Keys to Cure, Young Musicians Organize to Share Power of Music appeared first...

Duration:00:43:07

LIVE: Trio Keluvaina

5/19/2018
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On Saturday’s live broadcast, we present Trio Keluvaina of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois. Their members include 17-year-old violinist Rebecca Moy of Naperville, 18-year-old cellist Haddon Kay of Lincolnshire, and 16-year-old pianist Kimberly Han of Lake Forest. The post LIVE: Trio Keluvaina appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:37:35