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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.

M5 Mexican Brass (Photo by Alex Freund)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm


Since it’s founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico’s leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical concert experiences. Being one of […]

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

Tuesday, 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.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm


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.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Photo by Jiro Schneider)

Friday, 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.    

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.

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 […]