Live broadcasts from the WFMT studios with some of today’s best artists.
Our live afternoon series of “impromptu” music and conversation features some of today’s most sought-after musicians from around the world. Previous guests on Impromptu have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and author Salman Rushdie. Other guests have included Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tenor Joseph Calleja, violinist Joshua Bell, and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Broadcast live from the Levin Performance Studio at WFMT, the program also features local performers who are vital to Chicago’s vibrant musical culture.
The Secret Garden
A five-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner for musical director for beloved shows like Caroline, or Change and Porgy and Bess, Doug Peck and his team bring to life the exquisitely beautiful musical arrangements in Court Theater’s production of The Secret Garden. The esteemed Hyde Park theater company celebrates 60 years of exceptional productions.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Cast members from Paul Gordon’s world premiere musical, “Sense and Sensibility”
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s deliciously charming romance full of wit and passion, is now a world premiere musical from Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon. The work was specially commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater for the 2014/15 Season.
Marta Aznavoorian, piano and Ilya Kaler, violin
On Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm, violinist Ilya Kaler and pianist Marta Aznavoorian perform works by Mozart, Brahms, R.Strauss, Bartok, Gershwin at DePaul University, 800 W. Belden, in Chicago. The concert is free and open to the public. First though, an Impromptu.
Orion Weiss, Piano
Pianist Orion Weiss stopped by the WFMT Levin Studio for a LIVE concert on Impromptu on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM. One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony.
For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience.
Mandolinist 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. Before a performance with the University of Chicago Presents, Lisa Flynn welcomed him on Impromptu.
Pianist Winston Choi
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.
Philippe Quint, violin and 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.