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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.

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.

Inon Barnatan (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

Tuesday, 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 […]

Angela Yoffe & Vadim Gluzman (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

Tuesday, 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, 8 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 […]

Rachel Barton Pine (Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

Tuesday, 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.

Chicago Harp Quartet

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm


Known for their passion and musicianship, the harpists of the Chicago Harp Quartet have been performing across the United States since 2012.  Performances by members Marguerite Lynn Williams, Julie Spring, Catherine Litaker and Emily Granger have been described as riveting, meticulous and nuanced, and composer August Reed Thomas called them “one of the most vibrant […]