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WFMT's 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.

WFMT's 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.
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Chicago, IL

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WFMT's 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.

Language:

English

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WFMT Radio Network 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4698 (773) 279-2020


Episodes

Paul Huang, violin & Marta Aznavoorian, piano

7/19/2018
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Violinist Paul Huang makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut this weekend playing the Barber Violin Concerto. First though, the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists returns to WFMT to perform on Impromptu with pianist Marta Aznavoorian. The post Paul Huang, violin & Marta Aznavoorian, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:54:53

Neave Trio

5/14/2018
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Cellist Mikhail Veselov, pianist Eri Nakamura, and violinist Anna Williams are the members of the Neave Trio. These musicians strive to engage, exchange, and connect “every time we play, and in everything we do.” And they say, “We just happen to use music to do this.” The post Neave Trio appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:39:52

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

5/10/2018
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Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe aim to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their joyful virtuosity shines through chart-topping albums, Emmy-nominated music videos, and an extensive international touring schedule. The post Anderson & Roe Piano Duo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:52:23

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

3/5/2018
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The magnificent French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to WFMT’s Levin Studio for a live performance on Impromptu. The post Pierre-Laurent Aimard appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:42:13

George Li, piano

3/2/2018
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Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. WFMT host Lisa Flynn loves George’s debut ... The post George Li, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:51:19

Timothy McAllister, saxophone and Liz Ames, piano

2/6/2018
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Two-time Grammy Award winning classical saxophonist Timothy McAllister and the renowned pianist Liz Ames have performed as a duo since 2012. As collaborators they have appeared at festivals and chamber music series worldwide. Mr. McAllister and Ms. Ames will release their debut album in 2018, with a second planned for 2019. The post Timothy McAllister, saxophone and Liz Ames, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:57

Eden-Stell Guitar Duo

9/26/2017
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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 post Eden-Stell Guitar Duo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:35

Reginald R. Robinson, piano

9/21/2017
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The story goes that Reginald R. Robinson first heard the sweet strains of ragtime music through the loudspeaker of a neighborhood ice cream truck. Years later, the self-taught pianist and composer received a 2004 “genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. We welcome him back to the Levin Studio for this solo performance of his original compositions. The post Reginald R. Robinson, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:39:21

The Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovich Guitar Duo

8/30/2017
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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 don’t often enjoy the opportunity ... The post The Fareed Haque & Goran Ivanovich Guitar Duo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:32:03

The Knights

8/18/2017
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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. The post The Knights appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:50:18

Danish String Quartet & Juho Pohjonen, piano

8/2/2017
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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 revel in quintets, too, as ... The post Danish String Quartet & Juho Pohjonen, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:33:02

Drew Petersen, American Pianists Association Competition Winner

7/27/2017
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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. The post Drew Petersen, American Pianists Association Competition Winner appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:49:29

Argus Quartet

7/11/2017
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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 The post Argus Quartet appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:50:26

Make Music Chicago: KAIA String Quartet

6/21/2017
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Inspired by the French Fête de la Musique, and held annually on the day of the Summer Solstice, Make Music Chicago is a day-long, citywide, music festival. This year, MMC partners with “Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice.” The KAIA String Quartet¸ WFMT’s ensemble-in-residence, will be participating in the festivities. Impromptu broadcasts this performance live. The post Make Music Chicago: KAIA String Quartet appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:28:23

Rachel Barton Pine, violin

6/13/2017
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On her new recording, Bel Canto Paganini 24 Caprices and other Works for Solo Violin, Rachel Barton Pine samples the most challenging techniques possible on the violin. And during her performance on Impromptu, she demonstrates the showmanship it takes to perform these virtuosic creations. The post Rachel Barton Pine, violin appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:33:20