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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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      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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      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 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 […]

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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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      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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      (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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      Danish String Quartet (Photo: Caroline Bittencourt)

      Danish String Quartet (Photo: Caroline Bittencourt)

      Danish String Quartet & Torlief Thedeen, cello

      In consistent demand for their technical and interpretive prowess matched by an infectious joy of music making and “rampaging energy” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the Danish String Quartet has already established a worldwide reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. The ensemble is joined by fellow Scandinavian Torlief Thedeen, celebrated Swedish […]

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      Calidore String Quartet

      Calidore String Quartet

      Calidore String Quartet

      Gramophone Magazine called the Calidore String Quartet “a miracle of unified thought.” This vibrant, young ensemble won the inaugural 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, which has the largest award of any competition of its kind, and the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the first North Americans to be so honored. With Calidore’s return to Impromptu, we’ll […]

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      Sephardic Journey (Photo Credit: Ben Silverman)

      Sephardic Journey (Photo Credit: Ben Silverman)

      Sephardic Journey: The Cavatina Duo with Desiree Ruhstrat, violin & David Cunliffe, cello

      Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic are a Chicago-based husband-and-wife flute and guitar duo, acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the Lincoln Trio, one of Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensembles. They will perform excerpts from their recent album on the Cedille […]

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      Ear Taxi

      Ear Taxi

      Ear Taxi

      Celebrating New Music in Chicago with 300 musicians and 53 world premieres, the new Ear Taxi music festival will be a celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene with concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions. The Fifth House Ensemble in conjunction with the EAR Taxi Festival is live from the Daniel Levin performance studio […]

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