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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.

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English

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


Episodes

Beatrice Rana, Piano

2/25/2019
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Italian pianist Beatrice Rana is the 2013 Cliburn Competition silver medalist, and a recent winner of Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award. She made her Chicago debut at Symphony Center on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The post Beatrice Rana, Piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:34:54

Lincoln Trio

2/21/2019
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Music of Turina and Fauré on this Impromptu. Marta Aznavoorian, David Cunliffe, and Desirée Ruhstrat named the Lincoln Trio after the ensemble’s place of origin: the heartland of the United States and the land of Lincoln. The post Lincoln Trio appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:37:00

Parker Quartet with Richard O’Neill, viola, and Edward Arron, cello

2/1/2019
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Acclaimed violist Richard O’Neill and elegant cellist Edward Arron join the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet for a live performance. The post Parker Quartet with Richard O’Neill, viola, and Edward Arron, cello appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:44:22

Cavatina Duo

1/15/2019
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The Cavatina Duo brings together Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic. Hear them play live with the “style, sympathy, and technical aplomb” that captivated Fanfare Magazine as well as fans around the globe. The post Cavatina Duo appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:31:59

Trio Céleste

1/10/2019
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Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review), and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. On this Impromptu, Trio Céleste shares works ... The post Trio Céleste appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:45:27

Fareed Haque, Guitar, and KAIA String Quartet

12/18/2018
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Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and the KAIA String Quartet perform pieces by Latin American masters. This Impromptu on WFMT features selections from their collaborative recording on the Delmark label. The post Fareed Haque, Guitar, and KAIA String Quartet appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Chanticleer

12/4/2018
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Chanticleer returns to WFMT’s Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio to share songs of the holiday season. Host Michael San Gabino will also preside over a Facebook Live simulcast. The post Chanticleer appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet and Michael Brown, piano

11/16/2018
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Tune in for a wonderful live performance when clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and pianist Michael Brown play Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1945 Clarinet Sonata. The post Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet and Michael Brown, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues

10/9/2018
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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues blends the sounds of classical chamber music, American blues, and Indian percussion. The ebullient harmonica virtuoso and composer made his Earthly debut in Chicago in October 1943, and we wish him a very happy 75th birthday. For this Impromptu, the ensemble welcomes special guest Rachel Barton Pine. Enjoy this video excerpt from their performance! The post Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, violinist Giora Schmidt, and cellist Leonardo Altino

10/4/2018
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Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion returns to the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio to perform on Impromptu. This time, he’s bringing friends violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Leonardo Altino. The post Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, violinist Giora Schmidt, and cellist Leonardo Altino appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:49:09

Elias Goldstein, viola and Angela Draghicescu, piano

9/27/2018
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Hear Elias Goldstein perform Paganini caprices for unaccompanied viola as well as duets with his longtime collaborator, pianist Angela Draghicescu. Their upcoming CD, called Melanconico, will be released on Centaur in the early part of 2019. The post Elias Goldstein, viola and Angela Draghicescu, piano appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

New Comma Baroque

9/6/2018
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Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange’s artists-in-residence New Comma Baroque launch their season with rare gems for viol & harpsichord from the twilight of the viol. From ‘last gambists’ Carl Friedrich Abel and Franz Xaver Hammer to master Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and lesser-known composers Johann Gottfried Mente and Christian Wilhelm Podbielski, New Comma Baroque exploration includes the Chicago premiere ... The post New Comma Baroque appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:39:42

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. Below watch an excerpt of his performance, or stream the entire performance by clicking “listen.”  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

United States Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet

12/21/2017
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The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet is in Chicago for the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. This Impromptu includes music for the holidays. The post United States Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:24:30

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