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      tenThing

      tenThing

      tenThing

      The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, are spending a day in Chicago as they make their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia.  In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they will pay a visit to WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu.

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      Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl (Photo by Carlos Eric Lopez)

      Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl (Photo by Carlos Eric Lopez)

      BEN LOWE, BARITONE & MADELINE SLETTEDAHL, PIANO

      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.

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      M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

      M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

      M5 MEXICAN BRASS

      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 […]

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      American String Quartet (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

      American String Quartet (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

      American String Quartet with Salman Rushdie & Paul Cantelon

      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.

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      Joseph Calleja (Photo: Simon Fowler)

      Joseph Calleja (Photo: Simon Fowler)

      Joseph Calleja, tenor

      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 […]

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      Imani Winds

      Imani Winds

      Imani Winds

      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 […]

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      Ronn McFarlane

      Ronn McFarlane

      Ronn McFarlane, lute

      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 […]

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      Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues (Photo by Stephanie Bassos)

      Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues (Photo by Stephanie Bassos)

      Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues

      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 […]

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      (Photo: Tristan Cook)

      (Photo: Tristan Cook)

      Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

      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 […]

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      Lara Downes (Photo by Rik Keller)

      Lara Downes (Photo by Rik Keller)

      Lara Downes, Piano

      Pianist Lara Downes, a 2016 Laureate of the Sphinx Organization Medals of Excellence Award, celebrates the release of her new album America Again, inspired by the Langston Hughes’ poem, “Let America Be America Again.” The album explores music that expresses different facets of the American dream and features music by composers including Duke Ellington, Lou […]

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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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      Danish String Quartet (Photo: Caroline Bittencourt)

      Danish String Quartet (Photo: Caroline Bittencourt)

      Danish String Quartet & Torlief Thedeen, cello

      In consistent demand for their technical and interpretive prowess matched by an infectious joy of music making and “rampaging energy” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the Danish String Quartet has already established a worldwide reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. The ensemble is joined by fellow Scandinavian Torlief Thedeen, celebrated Swedish […]

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      Calidore String Quartet

      Calidore String Quartet

      Calidore String Quartet

      Gramophone Magazine called the Calidore String Quartet “a miracle of unified thought.” This vibrant, young ensemble won the inaugural 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, which has the largest award of any competition of its kind, and the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the first North Americans to be so honored. With Calidore’s return to Impromptu, we’ll […]

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      albina

      Soprano Albina Shagimuratova

      Soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who performs the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago Oct. 15-Nov. 6, joins us for a solo recital. The program includes arias from Lucia, Russian lullabies, and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Music Donizetti: Cavatina, “Quando, rapito in estasi” from Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti: Mad Scene, “Alfin son tua” from Lucia […]

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