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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

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

9/6/2017
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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

9/6/2017
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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

9/6/2017
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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

9/6/2017
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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

9/6/2017
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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 (Programs)

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¸ charter participants of WFMT’s new In Residence program, will be participating [&hellip [...]

Duration: 00:28:23


RACHEL BARTON PINE, VIOLIN (Programs)

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’ll demonstrate the showmanship it takes to perform these virtuosic creations [...]

Duration: 00:33:20


VADIM GLUZMAN, VIOLIN & ANGELA YOFFE, PIANO (Programs)

5/30/2017
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It’s a busy time for the musical couple, violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe. The 7th edition of their intimate North Shore Chamber Music Festival takes place June 7, 9 and 10 in Northbrook, Illinois. Then on June 14, Vadim helps the Grant Park Music Festival launch their summer season. He’ll perform the Tchaikovsky Concerto [&hellip [...]

Duration: 00:33:49


INON BARNATAN, PIANO (Programs)

5/23/2017
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Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is known for his compelling and insightful musicianship and elegant virtuosity, and as "a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching [and] unfailingly communicative" (London’s Evening Standard). Later this week Inon will be performing George Gershwin’s lively Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jesus [...]

Duration: 00:54:17


Paul Galbraith, guitar (Programs)

5/4/2017
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Paul Galbraith’s guitar has eight strings and he makes the most out of the extra high and low notes. The instrument rests, supported by an end-pin, on a wooden resonance box. Paul brings his unusual guitar and his unique playing to Impromptu for the first time [...]

LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (Programs)

4/21/2017
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The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is world-renowned for their stunning precision, rich palette of tone-colors, and joyous music-making. On Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. they'll perform at the Northeastern Illinois University Jewel Box Concert Series. Before that, WFMT welcomes the ensemble to Impromptu. &nbsp [...]

Duration: 00:46:08


tenThing (Programs)

3/21/2017
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The ten women of tenThing, the lively and distinctive Norwegian brass sensation, are spending a day in Chicago as they make their way from concerts in California to performances in Virginia. In addition to sampling our city’s famous deep-dish pizza, they will pay a visit to WFMT’s studios to perform on Impromptu [...]

Duration: 00:41:06


BEN LOWE, BARITONE & MADELINE SLETTEDAHL, PIANO (Programs)

3/14/2017
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Baritone Ben Lowe and pianist Madeline Slettedahl, laureates of the prestigious Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition, make their Chicago recital debut with this performance on Impromptu [...]

Duration: 00:52:11


M5 MEXICAN BRASS (Programs)

3/9/2017
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Since it’s founding in 2005, M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico's leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical- theatrical concert experiences [...]

Duration: 00:43:41


American String Quartet with Salman Rushdie & Paul Cantelon (Programs)

2/24/2017
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The American String Quartet premieres a new work by Paul Cantelon at the University of Chicago this evening. It's based on Salman Rushdie’s 2008 novel, The Enchantress of Florence, with the venerable author reading excerpts amidst the music [...]

Duration: 01:00:50


Joseph Calleja, tenor (Programs)

2/14/2017
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Join us for a special Valentine's Day Impromptu featuring Joseph Calleja. The Maltese tenor is back in Chicago to sing the role of Don José in the Lyric Opera’s production of Bizet's Carmen. You can be part of this concert and conversation by joining a Facebook Live chat with Calleja immediately following his Impromptu. Post your questions or [&hellip [...]

Duration: 00:29:26


Imani Winds (Programs)

1/19/2017
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Extolled by the Washington Post as "exuding a sultry sophistication during performances", Imani Winds has carved a unique path with its dynamic playing and culturally poignant programming. We’re very happy to welcome the wind quintet back to Impromptu, and congratulate the ensemble on their two-year appointment as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the [...]

Duration: 00:37:18


Ronn McFarlane, lute (Programs)

1/9/2017
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WFMT welcomes GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane to Impromptu. He and fellow all-star veteran of the lute, Paul O’Dette, perform virtuoso duets from Elizabethan Italy and England at the University of Chicago on January 8. www.RonnMcFarlane.com Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 3:00 pm Ronn McFarlane and Paul O'Dette For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and [&hellip [...]

Duration: 00:36:21


Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues (Programs)

1/6/2017
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On a summer evening in 1966, conductor Seiji Ozawa told the blues musicians of Siegel-Schwall, “I’d like your band to sit in with my band…” And so emerged a unique, musical mashup of Blues and Classical. Inspired by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, William Russo, Mozart, and virtuosity from many cultures, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues continues [&hellip [...]

Duration: 00:40:24

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