Monday–Friday at 1:00 PM
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This week WFMT presents music’s cutting-edge; whether they’re playing in nightclubs or in concert halls, these musicians have artistry and vision in equal parts. Each Impromptu features performance mixed with conversation. Get to know the artists and their take on music.
Each broadcast happens live at 1:00 PM from the Beethoven Festival, hosted by the Merit School of Music.
Since winning the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York City, Anthony Molinaro’s stunning performances and unique versatility have captivated audiences and critics alike. Acclaimed for his “edge-of-the-seat brilliance” and “musically imaginative mind,” Mr. Molinaro’s performances have taken him to major music centers throughout the country, soloing with major orchestras and headlining at leading jazz clubs including Chicago’s Green Mill, Toronto’s The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar, and Vienna’s Porgy and Bess, to name a few. Mr. Molinaro is a gifted composer, arranger and improvisor, giving him a musical dimension uncommon to artists of his generation.
Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz
Chris O’Riley’s exquisite and poetic interpretations have granted him phenomenal reviews and major label recording contracts, including Sony Classical. His most famous recording, Radiohead “True Love Waits,” was awarded four stars in Rolling Stone magazine. His warm personality makes him a natural as host to NPR’s “From the Top.” Christopher O’Riley’s repertoire spans classical styles, from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Busoni to contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd and Elliott Smith. He is the deﬁnition of a Classical Crossover artist. O’Riley ‘s unique, passionate and heartfelt piano interpretations of both classical and popular music create unforgettable musical performances and astonishing audience experiences.
Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations
At 17 he made his first recording with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon. Haimovitz performs on the world’s most esteemed stages, taking them in stride as he diverts to night clubs to play Bach cello suites or his own arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner.
The Lincoln Trio
In 2012 FANFARE Magazine hailed the celebrated Chicago-based Lincoln Trio—made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano—as “one of the hottest young trios in the business.”
Formed in 2003, the Lincoln Trio takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The group’s reputation as a first-rate ensemble draws an eclectic audience of sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs and students discovering chamber music for the first time.
Staunch proponents of music education, the Lincoln Trio has had residencies at the Music Institute of Chicago, Merit School of Music, as well as San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, and SUNY Fredoni. They’ve toured throughout Asia, as well as the U.S.
Rachel Kolly d’Alba
Rachel Kolly d’Alba made her debut as a concerto soloist when she was 12. Now she will make her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and a number of other orchestras around the world. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, she signed a recording contract with Warner Classics in 2010, and is active in humanitarian work, including serving as ambassador to Handicap International.
The Washington Post acclaimed, “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.” Ms. Zukerman enjoys an international career, singing with orchestras as well as in chamber settings and art song.
Arianna Zukerman was born in New York City into a musical family. Her father is violinist/violist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman, her mother is flutist, writer and arts broadcaster, Eugenia Zukerman, and her sister Natalia Zukerman is an accomplished singer/songwriter. In addition to her busy performing schedule she maintains an active studio at the Catholic University of America, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Voice, and she gives master classes around the United States.