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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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      Inon Barnatan (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

      INON BARNATAN, PIANO

      Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is known for his compelling and insightful musicianship and elegant virtuosity, and as “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching [and] unfailingly communicative” (London’s Evening Standard). Later this week Inon will be performing George Gershwin’s lively Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jesus Lopez-Cobos. May […]

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      Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

      VADIM GLUZMAN, VIOLIN & ANGELA YOFFE, PIANO

      It’s a busy time for the musical couple, violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe.  The 7th edition of their intimate North Shore Chamber Music Festival takes place June 7, 8 and 10 in Northbrook, Illinois. Then on June 14, Vadim helps the Grant Park Music Festival launch their summer season.  He’ll perform the Tchaikovsky […]

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      Rachel Barton Pine (Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

      RACHEL BARTON PINE, VIOLIN

      On her new recording, Bel Canto Paganini 24 Caprices and other Works for Solo Violin, Rachel Barton Pine samples the most challenging techniques possible on the violin. And during her performance on Impromptu, she’ll demonstrate the showmanship it takes to perform these virtuosic creations.

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      Recent Programs

      Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Photo by Jiro Schneider)

      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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      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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