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.

Subscribe to the Podcast

Silk Road Ensemble

March 6, 2015

Pianist Inon Barnatan performs works of Bach, Franck and Mendelssohn live from the Levin Performance Studio on this Impromptu. Kerry Frumkin hosts.

Mandolinist Avi Avital

February 20, 2015

“A Little Nightmare Music brings surrealism to the concert hall and takes its trousers down! Very musical, very engaging and very funny. 
A Big Hand for A Little Night­mare Music’s Big Hands.” -Terry Jones, Comedian/Monty Python/Director

Pianist Winston Choi

February 5, 2015

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.

Dover Quartet

January 26, 2015

Mandolin virtuoso Dimitris Marinos performs music of Bach, Bartók and Lombardo when he is Lisa Flynn’s guest on Impromptu.

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio

January 22, 2015

The Spektral Quartet returns to Impromptu to perform Dvořák’s “American” quartet, and other musical delicacies.

Tenor Bryan Hymel

January 13, 2015

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.

Philippe Quint, violin and Marta Aznavoorian, piano

January 8, 2015

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.

1 4 5 6