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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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      Escher String Quartet (Photo: Sophie Zhai)

      Escher String Quartet (Photo: Sophie Zhai)

      Escher String Quartet

      The Escher Quartet has been acclaimed for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s family of artists and they’ll join pianist Jeffrey Kahane, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, and CMS co-artistic director, cellist David Finckel, in performance […]

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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 Jose in the Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen by Georges Bizet.

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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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      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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      Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues (Photo by Stephanie Bassos)

      Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues (Photo by Stephanie Bassos)

      Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues

      On a summer evening in 1966, conductor Seiji Ozawa told the blues musicians of Siegel-Schwall, “I’d like your band to sit in with my band…” And so emerged a unique, musical mashup of Blues and Classical. Inspired by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, William Russo, Mozart, and virtuosity from many cultures, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues continues […]

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      (Photo: Tristan Cook)

      (Photo: Tristan Cook)

      Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

      A magnificent ensemble of musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform two of Bach’s “Six Concertos for Various Instruments”, BWV 1049 — Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major and BWV 1050 — Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major. They will play the full set during their concert this evening at the […]

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      Lara Downes (Photo by Rik Keller)

      Lara Downes (Photo by Rik Keller)

      Lara Downes, Piano

      Pianist Lara Downes, a 2016 Laureate of the Sphinx Organization Medals of Excellence Award, celebrates the release of her new album America Again, inspired by the Langston Hughes’ poem, “Let America Be America Again.” The album explores music that expresses different facets of the American dream and features music by composers including Duke Ellington, Lou […]

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