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September 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux are now on tour in support of their latest collaboration, an album featuring two world premieres for the duo. Asked what she loves best about their instrumental combination, Yolanda said it was how the blend and contrast “changes constantly depending on the register, the articulation, and the dynamics.” […]
September 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “projecting polished charisma and a singing sound,” cellist John-Henry Crawford has a passion for sharing powerful music with audiences near and far. His collaborator today is the wonderful pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion.
September 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Celebrating New Music in Chicago with 300 musicians and 53 world premieres, the new Ear Taxi music festival will be a celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene with concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions. Fifth House Ensemble gives us a taste of what it’s all about, and they’ll share some Brahms, too!
September 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm
In celebration of twenty years of collaboration with composer Philip Glass including four recordings, publications and commissioning of Glass’s Piano Concerto No.2 (After Lewis and Clark), pianist Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has released his twelfth CD “New Generations: The Etudes […]
August 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to WFMT to herald his new recording of the complete cycle of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes. He will also share excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in its 1879 version, which he’ll perform with the Grant Park Music Festival. Tune in to hear Gerstein play the entire concerto in a live […]
August 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to WFMT to herald his new recording of the complete cycle of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes. He will also play music by Beethoven, and share excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which he’ll perform with the Grant Park Music Festival later this week.
July 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Michael Ward-Bergeman is a passionate performer, songwriter and composer. His sensitive and creative approach to music making has led to performances and collaborations with an international array of musicians and composers from across a wide range of genres. A virtuoso hyper-accordion player, he returns to Impromptu in the good company of eighth blackbird’s pianist, Lisa […]
June 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Violinist William Harvey along with pianist Steven Ayers present a program of American music by Philip Glass, Reena Esmail, Augusta Read Thomas, Lera Auerbach as well as discussing the question “What is American Culture?” live from the Daniel Levin performance studio at WFMT. Steve Robinson hosts. Music Glass: Sonata (2 movements) (2008) Ismail: Jhula Jhula […]