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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.

Argus Quartet (Photo by Ben Gibbs)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm

ARGUS QUARTET

Lisa Flynn welcomes the Argus Quartet, the new Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. The ensemble members — violinists Jason Issokson and violinist Clara Kim, violist Dana Kelley, and cellist Joann Whang — will be spending the summer honing their craft at Ravinia’s Steans Institute. www.ArgusQuartet.com

Drew Petersen (Photo by Crowe’s Eye Photography)

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

DREW PETERSEN, AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION COMPETITION WINNER

The American Pianists Awards are held every four years to discover the best aspiring young American classical pianists.  2017 competition winner Drew Petersen is also a prizewinner in the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has performed solo and concerto recitals in both Europe and the United States, and he makes his WFMT debut with this Impromptu.

Danish String Quartet & Juho Pohjonen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

DANISH STRING QUARTET & JUHO POHJONEN, PIANO

Frederik Øland, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Asbjørn Nørgaard, and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin – known collectively as the Danish String Quartet – have described their ensemble with these words: “Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did.” Sometimes, of course, they […]

The Knights (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

THE KNIGHTS

We will have to bring in extra music stands, and maybe stretch the walls of the Levin Studio, because The Knights are returning to WFMT to perform on Impromptu. Here’s what it looked like the last time these wonderful musicians performed in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio.  

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

THE FAREED HAQUE & GORAN IVANOVICH GUITAR DUO

Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, the Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo celebrates the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. These virtuosic and musically multi-lingual guitarists have recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats. They […]

Eden Stell Guitar Duo

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

EDEN-STELL GUITAR DUO

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo ’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of styles gives them a uniquely creative, musical voice.        

The Smetana Trio (Photo by Richard Sklar)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:00 am

THE SMETANA TRIO

Founded in 1934, the Smetana Trio is today’s foremost Czech chamber ensemble. With an extensive discography and busy international tour schedule, the group’s current members, pianist Jitka Cechová, violinist Jiří Vodička, and cellist Jan Pálenícek, carry on the virtuosic and interpretational ideals created by their predecessors.