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February 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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.
March 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Since it’s founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico’s leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical concert experiences. Being one of […]
March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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.
March 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm
The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, are spending a day in Chicago as they make their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia. In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they will pay a visit to WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu.
February 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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 José in the Lyric Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen. You can be part of this concert and conversation by joining a Facebook Live chat with Calleja immediately following his Impromptu. Post your questions or […]
January 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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 […]
January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am
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 […]
January 6, 2017 at 1:00 am
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 […]