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      M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

      M5 MEXICAN BRASS

      Since it’s founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico’s leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical concert experiences. Being one of […]

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      Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl (Photo by Carlos Eric Lopez)

      BEN LOWE, BARITONE & MADELINE SLETTEDAHL, PIANO

      Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, laureates of the prestigious Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, make their Chicago recital debut with this performance on Impromptu.

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      tenThing

      tenThing

      The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, are spending a day in Chicago as they make their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia.  In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they will pay a visit to WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu.

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      Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Photo by Jiro Schneider)

      LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET

      The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is world-renowned for their stunning precision, rich palette of tone-colors, and joyous music-making.  On Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. they’ll perform at the Northeastern Illinois University Jewel Box Concert Series.  Before that, WFMT welcomes the ensemble to Impromptu.    

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      Recent Programs

      American String Quartet (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

      American String Quartet (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

      American String Quartet with Salman Rushdie & Paul Cantelon

      The American String Quartet premieres a new work by Paul Cantelon at the University of Chicago this evening. It’s based on Salman Rushdie’s 2008 novel, The Enchantress of Florence, with the venerable author reading excerpts amidst the music.

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      Joseph Calleja (Photo: Simon Fowler)

      Joseph Calleja (Photo: Simon Fowler)

      Joseph Calleja, tenor

      Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Impromptu featuring Joseph Calleja. The Maltese tenor is back in Chicago to sing the role of Don José in the Lyric Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen. You can be part of this concert and conversation by joining a Facebook Live chat with Calleja immediately following his Impromptu. Post your questions or […]

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      Imani Winds

      Imani Winds

      Imani Winds

      Extolled by the Washington Post as “exuding a sultry sophistication during performances”, Imani Winds has carved a unique path with its dynamic playing and culturally poignant programming. We’re very happy to welcome the wind quintet back to Impromptu, and congratulate the ensemble on their two-year appointment as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University […]

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      Ronn McFarlane

      Ronn McFarlane

      Ronn McFarlane, lute

      WFMT welcomes GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane to Impromptu. He and fellow all-star veteran of the lute, Paul O’Dette, perform virtuoso duets from Elizabethan Italy and England at the University of Chicago on January 8. www.RonnMcFarlane.com Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 3:00 pm Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and […]

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