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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.

      Joyce Di Donato. Photo: Josef Fischnaller]emc

      Joyce Di Donato. Photo: Josef Fischnaller]emc

      Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

      American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs the role of Sesto in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

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      Eric Owens. Photo: Dario Acosta.

      Eric Owens. Photo: Dario Acosta.

      Eric Owens, bass-baritone

      American bass-baritone Eric Owens joins the cast of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka in a new production and a Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere. In this Impromptu, he’ll sing music from Rusalka, Porgy and Bess, and Die Walkure, and some Mozart, too. Host: Kerry Frumkin. Concert: Rusalka opens at at Lyric Opera on February 22 and runs [...]

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      Julia Bentley

      Julia Bentley

      Julia Bentley & Friends

      Mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley returns to WFMT along with 11 graduate vocal majors from DePaul and pianist Alban Kit Bridges for an all Britten program featuring the cycle “Wintry Words.”

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      Anna Deavere Smith. Photo: Mary Ellen Mark

      Anna Deavere Smith. Photo: Mary Ellen Mark

      Anna Deavere Smith & Joshua Roman

      The University of Chicago and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance present “On Grace,” a work-in-progress staged performance conceived and created by renowned actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith in collaboration with cellist Joshua Roman.

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      Avalon Quartet

      Avalon Quartet

      Avalon Quartet

      The Avalon Quartet is currently exploring the full cycle of Bartók’s string quartets and will share some of what they’ve discovered when the ensemble returns to Impromptu.

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      Jeffrey Siegel; Photo: Dante Fontana

      Jeffrey Siegel; Photo: Dante Fontana

      Jeffrey Siegel, piano

      Host Lisa Flynn.

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      The Delphi Trio

      The Delphi Trio

      Delphi Trio

      The Delphi Trio stops by WFMT en route to the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as a sponsored ensemble under the auspices of the Shouse Chamber Music Institute led by Paul Katz.

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      David Fray (Photo Paolo Roversi, Virgin Classics)

      David Fray (Photo Paolo Roversi, Virgin Classics)

      David Fray

      French pianist David Fray makes his Impromptu debut with material from “Bach David Fray,” his latest CD on Virgin Classics. (Host: Lisa Flynn)

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      The Spektral Quartet

      The Spektral Quartet

      The Spektral Quartet

      The Spektral Quartet (Aurelien Fort Pederzoli and Austin Wulliman, violins; Doyle Armbrust, viola; Russell Rolen, cello) visit the 98.7WFMT studio prior to their May 29th concert.

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      Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

      Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

      Guest Host: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

      When French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet sits in with Lisa Flynn for this guest host program, he’ll bring along some recordings of music he loves best.

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