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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 […]
May 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
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.
April 21, 2017 at 11:00 am
The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is world-renowned for their stunning precision, rich palette of tone-colors, and joyous music-making. On Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. they’ll perform at the Northeastern Illinois University Jewel Box Concert Series. Before that, WFMT welcomes the ensemble to Impromptu.
March 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, spent a day in Chicago as they made their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia. In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they visited WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu. Watch them perform an all-brass arrangement of Mozart’s […]
March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, laureates of the prestigious Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, make their Chicago recital debut with this performance on Impromptu.
March 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Since its founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS has established itself as Mexico’s leading brass quintet. Combining their skills performing virtuosic chamber music in all styles with non-stop interaction with the audience and impressive showmanship, the musicians of M5 create unique musical-theatrical experiences. As one of Mexico’s most active cultural ambassadors, the group has been touring […]
February 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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.
February 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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 […]
January 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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 […]
January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am
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 […]
January 6, 2017 at 1:00 am
On a summer evening in 1966, conductor Seiji Ozawa told the blues musicians of Siegel-Schwall, “I’d like your band to sit in with my band…” And so emerged a unique, musical mashup of Blues and Classical. Inspired by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, William Russo, Mozart, and virtuosity from many cultures, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues continues […]
December 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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 […]