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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 Barnes

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Paul Barnes, piano

In celebration of twenty years of collaboration with composer Philip Glass including four recordings, publications and commissioning of Glass’s Piano Concerto No.2 (After Lewis and Clark), pianist Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has released his twelfth CD “New Generations: The Etudes […]

Sephardic Journey (Photo Credit: Ben Silverman)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

Sephardic Journey: The Cavatina Duo with Desiree Ruhstrat, violin & David Cunliffe, cello

Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic are a Chicago-based husband-and-wife flute and guitar duo, acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the Lincoln Trio, one of Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensembles. They will perform excerpts from their recent album on the Cedille […]

Calidore String Quartet

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Calidore String Quartet

Gramophone Magazine called the Calidore String Quartet “a miracle of unified thought.”  This vibrant, young ensemble won the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, the first North Americans to be so honored.  With Calidore’s return to Impromptu, we’ll hear what has earned them such high praise, as well as a place on the prestigious roster of the […]

Pablo Villegas. Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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.

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.