A FREE concert series every Wednesday

TIME:  12:15 pm


LOCATION: Virtually until further notice




May 12 — William Welter, oboe
Winston Choi, piano

Benjamin Godard – Scenes Ecossaises, Op. 138

Vivian Fine – Sonatina for Oboe and Piano

Antonio Pasculli – Fantasia sull’opera Poliuto Di Donizetti

May 19 — Colere Saxophone Quartet

John Cummins, soprano saxophone
Elissa Kana, alto saxophone
Greg Rife, tenor saxophone

Dennis Kwok, baritone saxophone

J.S. Bach; arr. Tochio – Concerto Italien, BWV 971 

Guillermo Lago – Ciudades

Russell Peck – Drastic Measures


May 26 — Duo Dotto-Cho

Arianna Dotto, violin
Hyejin Cho, piano

Robert Schumann – Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano, Op. 105 

Clara Schumann – Three romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 

Johannes Brahms – Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata for violin and piano

June 2 — Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp


Giovanni Battista Pescetti;trans. Williams – Sonata in C minor No. VI

Antonín Dvořák; arr. Williams – Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Lynne Wainwright Palmer – Classical Suite for Harp Alone

Sydney Guillaume; arr. Williams – Angoisse *world premiere of harp transcription

William Grant Still; trans. Portanova – From the Black Belt, VI. Brown Girl

June 9 — Henry Griffin and Tian Qin, piano four-hands

Antonin Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 72
Arnold Schoenberg – Six Pieces
Mel Bonis – Le Song de Cléopâtre, Op. 180
Mel Bonis – Les Gitanos Valse Espagnole
Astor Piazzolla – Libertango

June 16 — Jean Hatmaker, cello and Michael Finlay, piano

Johannes Brahms; arr. Paul Klengel – Cello Sonata in D major, Op. 78
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Variations in b minor for Cello and Piano

June 23 — Yukie Ota, flute and 
Yoko Yamada, piano

Mel Bonis – Flute Sonata in c-sharp minor, Op. 64 
Charles-Marie Widor – Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34

June 30 — Caitlin Edwards, violin and Daniel Schlosberg, piano

J. Rosamond Johnson; arr. Dickson – Lift Every Voice and Sing for solo violin
Irene Britton Smith – Violin Sonata 
Jessie Montgomery – Peace 
William Grant Still – Suite for Violin and Piano


The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live at www.wfmt.com.

Listen to selected past performances at www.classicalconnect.com.


Myra Hess said of her founding of the National Gallery concert series in wartime London: “I have felt again and again that music was available almost exclusively for a privileged section of the community; and I have wondered how it would be possible to reach the many thousands of potential music-lovers, who were surely to be found outside this limited world of concert-goers. Though it seemed so impossible, I longed to throw open the doors to the very best music, at a price which all would be able to afford. [With the National Gallery Series] my dream of providing chamber music has come true, and I have had the added joy of seeing the importance of these concerts to many young artists starting out in their careers.”

These sentiments inspired Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, to work toward the creation of a similar series in Chicago as a performance opportunity for emerging artists and a chance for everyone to hear high quality music, free of charge.

On October 20, 1977, the first concert of Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series took place in the magnificently restored Preston Bradley Hall of the newly re-opened Chicago Public Library Cultural Center.

From the beginning, the concerts have been presented free of charge each week before live audiences of 500. In addition, they are broadcast live over WFMT-FM radio and streamed live at www.wfmt.com. More than 3,000 artists have appeared on the series over the course of the past 40 years. Many have been prize winners from such competitions as the Tchaikovsky, Naumburg, Van Cliburn, Leeds, Chopin, and Rubenstein. Others were recommended by Lord Menuhin, Claudio Abbado, Alfred Brendel, and Leonard Slatkin.

The Dame Myra Hess tradition continues each week, produced by the International Music Foundation, and presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 98.7 WFMT.   The concerts are made possible by the generous support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the Union League Club of Chicago.  In addition, we are grateful to be supported in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

To learn more about Dame Myra Hess, click here.


Applications to appear on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series are currently closed. Please check back in August, 2021 for the next round of applications.

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