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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.

      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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      PigPen Theatre Company (Photo by Eli Dagostino)

      PigPen Theatre Company (Photo by Eli Dagostino)

      PigPen Theatre Co.

      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 […]

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      Pablo Villegas. Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

      Pablo Villegas. Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

      Pablo Villegas, guitar

      The soul of the Spanish guitar runs in Pablo Villegas’s blood. Born and raised in La Rioja, Spain – the country with unique and deep ties to his chosen instrument – Villegas is distinguished by performances as charismatic as they are intimate. We’re muy feliz to welcome this wonderful musician back to the Levin Studio […]

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      Midsummer’s Music Festival

      The Midsummer’s Music Festival has presented concerts in the Door County area for the past 26 years. Today’s Impromptu will feature five musicians from the series: David Perry, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Walter Preucil, cello; Jeremy Attanaseo, bass; and Jeannie Yu, piano, with artistic director Jim Birkenstock live from the Daniel Levin performance studio at WFMT. […]

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      Marc-André Hamelin. Photo: Fran Kaufman.

      Marc-André Hamelin. Photo: Fran Kaufman.

      Marc-André Hamelin, piano

      Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is admired for his original interpretations of classic repertoire. He returns to Chicago to appear on the Symphony Center Presents Piano series in a program featuring works by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert and Hamelin himself.

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      Till Fellner

      Till Fellner

      Till Fellner, piano

      We’re delighted to welcome pianist Till Fellner back to Impromptu.

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