Upcoming Concerts
Thomas Mesa and Greg Zelek
January 12, 2025 — 4 PM
Cellist Thomas Mesa and organist Greg Zelek will present a special duo concert showcasing the historic pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal church. Mr. Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation, and is the recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s 2023 Medal of Excellence, its highest honor. Mr. Zelek is the Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, where he regularly performs and oversees all the MSO's organ programming. 
Simone Porter
January 26, 2025 — 4 PM
Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, interpretive integrity, and vibrant communication. In the past few years, she has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Born in 1996, Simone made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13.
Dover Quartet
February 09, 2025 — 4 PM
Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the two-time Grammy nominated Dover Quartet is one of the world’s most in-demand chamber ensembles. The quartet is the Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and holds additional residencies at Northwestern University and the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere festival.
Avery Gagliano
February 23, 2025 — 4 PM
Avery Gagliano, pianist, is Impromptu’s 2025 “Rising Star”. Having made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of just 20, 22-year-old, Gagliano is an artist with ‘distinctive young talent’. Avery came to international acclaim as the First Prize and Best Concerto Prize winner at the 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition, and as the only American semifinalist at the 18th International Chopin Competition in 2021.
Poulenc Trio
March 09, 2025 — 4 PM
A pioneering oboe, bassoon, and piano ensemble, The Poulenc Trio has garnered international recognition over its 20-year history. With performances in 47 U.S. states and at prestigious music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia, they have firmly established themselves as one of the most active and sought-after touring piano-wind ensembles in the country.
Catherine Lan and Tao Lin (Duo Beaux Arts)
March 23, 2025 — 4 PM
International competition winning ensemble Duo Beaux Arts was formed in 2008 by world renowned husband and wife concert pianists and recording artists Catherine Lan and Tao Lin. Known for their adrenalized performances, this dynamic Duo has performed across Europe, the US, and China, to critical and audience acclaim.
2024 Concert Season
Amernet String Quartet
January 07, 2024 — 4 PM
Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida Inter- national University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “...a group of exceptional technical ability.”
Jeremy Denk
January 21, 2024 — 4 PM
Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, proclaimed by the New York Times “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs”. Denk is also a New York Times bestselling author, winner of both the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ensemble Schumann
February 04, 2024 — 4 PM
Heralded for creating “the most blissful sound this side of Nirvana” (Fanfare Magazine) this trio of soloists, present works by their name-sake Robert Schumann, as well as by Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich and others. Performing together since 2005, Ensemble Schumann has been featured at the prestigious Da Camera Series in Los Angeles, at the Clark Art Museum in Massachusetts and on Live From Fraser on WGBH- Radio in Boston.
Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo
February 18, 2024 — 4 PM
Praised for “demon precision and complete dedication” (Audio Society), the piano duo garnered wide attention as the second prize winner of the sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.
Keila Wakao
March 03, 2024 — 4 PM
Keila Wakao, violinist, is Impromptu’s 2024 “Rising Star”. In 2021, Keila was awarded the first prize and the Junior Composer award at the Menuhin International Violin Competition and first prize at the Stulberg International String Competition. At age nine, Keila gave her first solo performance with an orchestra and has continued to perform throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Merz Trio
March 17, 2024 — 4 PM
Hailed as “artists in the deepest sense of the word” (CutCommon), Merz Trio, winners of the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Competitions, have been lauded for their “stunning virtuosity... fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle), and “perfection of intonation and ensemble” (Hudson Review). Merz Trio are passionately committed to reshaping the narrative of classical music through vibrantly dynamic programming and wide- ranging interdisciplinary collaboration.