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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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      Paul Galbraith

      Paul Galbraith

      Paul Galbraith, guitar

      Paul Galbraith’s guitar has eight strings and he makes the most out of the extra high and low notes.   The instrument rests, supported by an end-pin, on a wooden resonance box. Paul brings his unusual guitar and his unique playing to Impromptu for the first time.

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      Chicago Harp Quartet

      CHICAGO HARP QUARTET

      Known for their passion and musicianship, the harpists of the Chicago Harp Quartet have been performing across the United States since 2012.  Performances by members Marguerite Lynn Williams, Julie Spring, Catherine Litaker and Emily Granger have been described as riveting, meticulous and nuanced, and composer August Reed Thomas called them “one of the most vibrant […]

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      Recent Programs

      tenThing

      tenThing

      tenThing

      The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, spent a day in Chicago as they made their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia.  In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they visited WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu. Watch them perform an all-brass arrangement of Mozart’s […]

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

      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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      M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

      M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

      M5 MEXICAN BRASS

      Since its founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS has established itself as Mexico’s leading brass quintet. Combining their skills performing virtuosic chamber music in all styles with non-stop interaction with the audience and impressive showmanship, the musicians of M5 create unique musical-theatrical experiences. As one of Mexico’s most active cultural ambassadors, the group has been touring […]

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      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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