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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.
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!
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 […]
June 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
The Midsummer’s Music Festival has presented concerts in the Door County area for the past 26 years. Today’s Impromptu will feature five musicians from the series: David Perry, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Walter Preucil, cello; Jeremy Attanaseo, bass; and Jeannie Yu, piano, with artistic director Jim Birkenstock live from the Daniel Levin performance studio at WFMT. […]
June 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm
Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation. Later this week he’ll help the Grant Park Music Festival launch their new season when he and Fabio Bidini perform Poulenc’s jazzy Concerto for Two Pianos.