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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.


Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am


The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), celebrating its tenth season in 2014-2015, is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. ACME’s Impromptu debut will feature music by ensemble member Caroline Shaw. Sunday, October 26th at 8:30pm Constellation 3111 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL […]

Nicholas Canellakis and Michael Brown

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Nicholas Canellakis, Cello And Michael Brown, Piano With Violinist Elena Urioste

Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist/composer Michael Brown, known collectively as the Canellakis-Brown Duo, present innovative programs that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements. They also co-star in “Conversations with Nick Canellakis” an irreverently funny web series in which they speak with stars of the classical music world. They are currently on […]

Valparaiso University Chorale

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Valparaiso Chorale

Valparaiso University Chorale is among the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, upholding the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras.

Jeffrey Siegel

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

Jeffrey Siegel, piano

In addition to solo appearances with the world’s great orchestras, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has presented his concert-with-commentary series, KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®, for 45 years. Happy anniversary to a great musician, passionate  scholar, and enthusiastic communicator. Jeffrey Siegel Celebrates the 45th Anniversary Season of Keyboard Conversations with 4 Performances at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall FRIDAY, OCTOBER […]


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

CMS – Brandenburgs

Chicago’s newest holiday tradition is back for a second year at the Harris Theater when the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to perform the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos.  Called a “holiday staple” by The New York Times, members of CMS will perform a pair of these festive concerti on this Impromptu. Thursday, December […]

Paul Huang

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Paul Huang, Stradivari Society Violinist

Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recipient of YCA’s 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, violinist Paul Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in the YCA Series in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. He is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The […]

Philippe Quint

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Philippe Quint, Violin & Marta Aznavoorian, Piano

Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint has performed with major orchestras throughout the world, starred in a major independent film called “Downtown Express,” and explored the music of Astor Piazzolla and Nuevo Tango with his band The Quint Quintet. He plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the Stradivari Society. January […]

Bryan Hymell

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Bryan Hymel, Tenor

The winner of the 2013 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Bryan Hymel is one of the fastest-rising tenor stars in the world of opera today. Warner Classics will release his new recording in February.

Jorge Federico Osorio

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano

Dover Quartet

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

Dover Quartet

Following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has been making quite a name for themselves as one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.  You can hear why when violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw make their […]

Winston Choi

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Winston Choi, Piano

Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition and winner of France’s 2002 Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory and masterful performance of works by living composers make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists. February 7 […]

Avi Avital

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

Avi Avital

GRAMMY®-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital has been called one of the world’s most exciting and enterprising musicians, deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and distinctive new repertoire while celebrating the instrument’s classical roots. Later today he’ll perform at the University of Chicago Presents, but this morning, Lisa Flynn welcomes […]

Spektral Quartet

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

Spektral Quartet

The Spektral Quartet returns to Impromptu to perform Dvorak’s “American” quartet, and other musical delicacies. May 31, 2015 “Comic Cadences” 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL, 60618