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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.

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 […]

Danish String Quartet (Photo: Caroline Bittencourt)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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 […]

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.

(Photo: Tristan Cook)

Monday, December 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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 […]

Ronn McFarlane

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

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.

Imani Winds

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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 […]

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.