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      Reginald R. Robinson

      Reginald R. Robinson

      REGINALD R. ROBINSON, PIANO

      The story goes that Reginald R. Robinson first heard the sweet strains of ragtime music through the loudspeaker of a neighborhood ice cream truck. Years later, the self-taught pianist and composer received a 2004 “genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. We welcome him back to the Levin Studio for this solo performance of his original […]

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      THE FAREED HAQUE & GORAN IVANOVICH GUITAR DUO

      Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, the Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo celebrates the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. These virtuosic and musically multi-lingual guitarists have recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats. They […]

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      The Knights (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

      The Knights (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

      THE KNIGHTS

      We will have to bring in extra music stands, and maybe stretch the walls of the Levin Studio, because The Knights are returning to WFMT to perform on Impromptu. Here’s what it looked like the last time these wonderful musicians performed in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio.  

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      Danish String Quartet & Juho Pohjonen

      Danish String Quartet & Juho Pohjonen

      DANISH STRING QUARTET & JUHO POHJONEN, PIANO

      Frederik Øland, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Asbjørn Nørgaard, and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin – known collectively as the Danish String Quartet – have described their ensemble with these words: “Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did.” Sometimes, of course, they […]

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      Drew Petersen (Photo by Crowe’s Eye Photography)

      Drew Petersen (Photo by Crowe’s Eye Photography)

      DREW PETERSEN, AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION COMPETITION WINNER

      The American Pianists Awards are held every four years to discover the best aspiring young American classical pianists.  2017 competition winner Drew Petersen is also a prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has performed solo and concerto recitals in both Europe and the United States, and he makes his WFMT debut with this Impromptu.

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      Argus Quartet (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

      Argus Quartet (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

      ARGUS QUARTET

      Lisa Flynn welcomes the Argus Quartet, the new Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. The ensemble members — violinists Jason Issokson and violinist Clara Kim, violist Dana Kelley, and cellist Joann Whang — will be spending the summer honing their craft at Ravinia’s Steans Institute. www.ArgusQuartet.com

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      KAIA (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

      KAIA (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

      MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO: KAIA String Quartet

      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 […]

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      Rachel Barton Pine (Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

      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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      Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

      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, 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 […]

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      Inon Barnatan (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

      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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