WFMT to air ESO performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

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Updated 11/21/2017 5:35 PM
  • Friday, Nov 24, 98.7 WFMT to Air ESO Performance featuring Andrew Grams and Dinara Klinton

    Friday, Nov 24, 98.7 WFMT to Air ESO Performance featuring Andrew Grams and Dinara Klinton

98.7 WFMT will broadcast the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's (ESO) September 2017 performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, led by Music Director Andrew Grams and featuring pianist Dinara Klinton, during the noon hour on Friday, November 24 on Middays with Lisa Flynn. The program airs weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras an unprecedented four times. To learn more about the ESO, visit

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases on Sunday mornings and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT's midday weekday announcer, Flynn hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Flynn presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.

WFMT is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique radio and digital media content. WFMT is dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together and invites the audience to explore classical and fine arts music. The radio station celebrate innovation, community engagement, and lifelong learning. WFMT embrace's the power of public service to make lives richer and our region stronger.

Dinara Klinton, piano is an active concert performer, and prizewinner of over 15 international competitions, including 3rd prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA, BNDES International Piano Competition in Brazil, 2nd Prize at the International Paderewski Competition in Poland, 2nd Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. In 2015 she was ranked as the top contestant who wasn't selected into the final of the 17th F. Chopin International Piano Competition. Born in Ukraine, Ms. Klinton started her piano lessons in the age of five. A year later, she entered Kharkiv Special Secondary Music School. Upon graduating from the Moscow Central Music School, where she studied between 2001-2007 with Valery Pyasetsky, she went on her Graduate Diploma with Honors at the Moscow State Conservatory, where she worked with Eliso Virsaladze. Ms. Klinton has been awarded a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music and has completed the Artist Diploma in Performance course, being under the tutelage of Dina Parakhina. Ms. Klinton's website is

Andrew Grams became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in June 2013 after an international search. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, he holds degrees in violin performance and conducting and has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world. Grams was a protégé of Franz Welser-Möst and served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra for three years. Named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, his charismatic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences. His contract runs through the 2020-21 ESO season.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. Known for their high-quality performances, ESO musicians represent some of the most talented musical artists in the region. In addition to magnificent music, patrons can also enjoy a drink, spend time with friends and even shop at the Symphony League Boutique in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. From start to finish, the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the big city. For more information, visit

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