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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.

Escher String Quartet (Photo: Sophie Zhai)

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Escher String Quartet

The Escher Quartet has been acclaimed for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s family of artists and they’ll join pianist Jeffrey Kahane, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, and CMS co-artistic director, cellist David Finckel, in performance […]

Joseph Calleja (Photo: Simon Fowler)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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 Jose in the Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen by Georges Bizet.

American String Quartet (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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.

Paul Galbraith

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

Paul Galbraith, guitar

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.