Great Music for Busy Lives.

Since its inception in 2000, Rush Hour Concerts has created a musical culture in Chicago informed by the demands of contemporary lifestyles, bold in its reach across all communities, and grounded in its mission of free arts programs for everyone.

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Now celebrating sixteen years of weekly, free, world-class music making at St. James Cathedral!

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News & Events

Jul 28
Spanish Dances
Music of Joaquin Turina and Enrique Fernández Arbós performed by Trio Voce.…
Aug 4
Lyric Shorts — Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Featuring singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center…
Remembering Deborah Sobol — Anthony Devroye
“It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the…
CHICAGO (August 27, 2014) – Anthony Devroye, Chicago-based violist of the Avalon…
J.S. Bach and Good Citizenship
Deborah Sobol, the founder of Rush Hour Concerts, was devoted to the…
The Organ and Alexandre Guilmant’s March on a Theme by Handel, Op. 15
This month we've asked Bruce Barber to share his thoughts on Alexandre…