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WFMT Presents: Impromptu
Our live afternoon series of “impromptu” music and conversation in the Levin Performance Studio often features artists about to appear elsewhere in Chicago. WFMT also makes a special effort to feature and introduce younger musicians in this series. The producer is Louise Frank.
September 21, 2017 at 11:00 am
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 […]
August 30, 2017 at 11:00 am
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 […]
August 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
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.
August 2, 2017 at 11:00 am
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 […]
July 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
November 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm
For 25 years, Writers Theatre has presented inventive and intimate interpretations of classic works and contemporary theatre. Enter PigPen Theatre, the award-winning creators of the WT smash hit The Old Man and The Old Moon, who are back in town with their new musical folktale, The Hunter and The Bear. Stream the full program above, or […]