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.
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.
Silk Road Ensemble
The Silk Road Ensemble joins its founder and CSO, Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma for a special 15th anniversary concert at Symphony Center.
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.
The Dover Quartet has been making quite a name for themselves as one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. You can hear why when violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw make their Impromptu debut.
Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio
Jorge Federico Osorio has been internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination, and deep passion, and elegant performances.
Tenor Bryan Hymel
The winner of the 2013 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Bryan Hymel is one of the fastest-rising tenor stars in the world of opera. He is accompanied by Craig Terry on the piano.
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.