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May 30, 2017 at 11:00 am
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, 9 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 Concerto […]
June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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.
June 21, 2017 at 11:30 am
Inspired by the French Fête de la Musique, and held annually on the day of the Summer Solstice, Make Music Chicago is a day-long, citywide, music festival. This year, MMC partners with “Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice.” The KAIA String Quartet¸ charter participants of WFMT’s new In Residence program, will be participating […]
August 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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 […]
May 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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 […]
May 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
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.
April 21, 2017 at 11:00 am
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.
March 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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 […]