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August 2015
4th

Lyric Shorts — Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Featuring singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Pre-Concert Conversation Suggested Reading: “Finding Friends in Figaro,” by Roger Pines, click here to read.

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Price: Free

11th

Beethoven Quartets

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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String Quartet Op. 14, No. 1 (arr.) and Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge” performed by the Avalon String Quartet. Pre-Concert Conversation Suggested Reading: “Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue: ‘Great Fuge’”, by Alex Ross, click here to read. Pre-Concet Conversation with Tony Devroye begins at 5:10 in the Gallery.

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18th

Here and Now 3

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Rush Hour Concerts favorite Third Coast Percussion returns to our 16th Summer Concert Series with a program of music composed for the ensemble by Chicago-based composers, including excerpts from Glenn Kotche’s “Wild Sound” and Augusta Read Thomas’s “Resounding Earth,” and TCP member David Skidmore’s newest work, “Trying.”

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25th

Season Finale — Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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John Macfarlane, conductor; with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Grant Park, Lyric Opera, and Civic Orchestras.

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November 2015
10th

Life with Lenny: An evening of conversation and song with special guest, Jamie Bernstein

Woman’s Athletic Club,
626 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60611 United States
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April 2016
20th

2016 RHC Season Launch Party

Unnamed Venue,
2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 United States
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Rush Hour Concerts’ 17th Summer Concert Series at St. James Cathedral and the 6th annual Make Music Chicago are just around the corner! Help us keep all of our programs FREE and ACCESSIBLE to all by celebrating at our 2016 Season Launch Party! Enjoy beverages and bites with a performance by Cavatina Duo. An exploration of music from around the world by an innovative and intrepid ensemble. We’ll have fun auction packages to bid on as well. Click here to…

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June 2016
7th

Season Opener: Distinctive Voice

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Janacek: String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters with the Avalon String Quartet Download the June 7th program notes here.

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14th

Brass Celebration

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Axiom Brass, Christopher Martin and friends Listen here. Download the program notes here.    

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21st

Rush Hour Concert at Make Music Chicago

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Make Music Chicago Augustin Hadelich, violin Kuang-Hao Huang, piano Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la fée” (The Fairy’s Kiss) Peter Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34   Pre-Concert Conversation at 5:15pm Rush Hour Concerts Artistic Director Anthony Devroye will talk with Joe Bein of the Stradivari Society and Bein & Fushi Inc. about the Society’s work matching young virtuoso players with the finest instruments—including the incredible 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivarius that Augustin Hadelich will play on this program.

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28th

Here and Now I

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Here and Now I: Music by Third Coast Percussion   Third Coast Percussion Sean Connors Robert Dillon Peter Martin David Skidmore Robert Dillon: Ordering-instincts Peter Martin: BEND David Skidmore: Take Anything You Want David Skidmore: Torched and Wrecked   Pre-concert Conversation with Doyle Armbrust at 5:15pm. Doyle is the violist of Spektral Quartet, and also a music journalist focused on new music. Doyle will discuss his experience of the new music scene in Chicago and his thoughts on Third Coast…

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July 2016
5th

Russian Romantic

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Arensky, Piano Trio No. 1 with Lincoln Trio

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12th

Deborah Sobol Memorial Concert

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Schumann, Piano Quintet With Spektral Quartet and Daniel Schlosberg, piano

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19th

Rising Stars

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Young Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke” I. Allegro moderato (moderately fast) Sirena Huang, violin Joshua Halpern, cello PengCheng He, piano Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 III. Furiant: Molto vivace (very lively) IV. Finale: Allegro (fast) Omer Quartet Mason Yu, violin Erica Tursi, violin Jinsun Hong, viola Alex Cox, cello with Eylam Keshet, piano

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26th

Folk Songs and Fairytales

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Leoš Janáček: Pohádka (Fairytale) Robert Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102   Brant Taylor, cello Kuang-Hao Huang, piano   Doors open at 5:00pm Pre-Concert Conversation at 5:15pm 30-minute concert at 5:45pm

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August 2016
2nd

Lyric Shorts

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute Featuring singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago 5:00 pm – Doors open 5:15 pm – Pre-Concert Conversation (in the Gallery)     with Lyric Opera Dramaturg Roger Pines 5:45 pm – Concert This week, Lyric Opera Dramaturg Roger Pines will talk about the Lyric Opera’s production of The Magic Flute from their 2011/2012 season as well as his own understanding of the work—one of Mozart’s most…

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9th

Poems of Youth

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Leoš Janáček: Mládí (Youth) for woodwind sextet (1924)     I. Allegro (fast)     II. Andante sostenuto (Moderate speed, sustained)     III. Vivace (lively)     IV. Allegro animato (fast and animated) Stacy Garrop: Bohemian Café for woodwind quintet and double bass (2015) Fifth House Ensemble Melissa Snoza, flute Grace Hong, oboe Elizandro García-Montoya, clarinet Daniel Williams, bass clarinet (guest artist) Eric Heidbreder, bassoon Parker Nelson, horn Eric Snoza, double bass with Richie Hoffmann, poet 5:00pm – doors open 5:15pm – Pre-Concert Conversation     with Cedille Records…

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16th

Puzzle Pieces

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Walter Rabl: Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 1 (1896)     I. Allegro Moderato (moderately fast) Olivier Massiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the end of Time) (1941)     IV. Intermède (Interlude) Paul Moravec: Tempest Fantasy (2003)     IV. Sweet Airs John Mackey: Breakdown Tango (2000) Civitas Ensemble J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinet Yuan-Qing Yu, violin Kenneth Olsen, cello Winston Choi, piano 5:00pm – doors open 5:15pm – Pre-Concert Conversation     with Yuan-Qing Yu and Anthony Devroye 5:45pm – 30-minute concert

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23rd

Here and Now II

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Ear Taxi Festival Preview George Lewis: Hexis (2013) Mischa Zupko: Occupy (2012) Mischa Zupko: Rising (2009) Ensemble Dal Niente Fulcrum Point New Music Project 5:00pm – doors open 5:15pm – Pre-Concert Conversation     with Augusta Reid Thomas, George Lewis, and Mischa Zupko 5:45pm – 30-minute concert

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30th

Season Finale

St James Cathedral,
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, 60611 United States
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Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) (1894)     arranged for 11 players by Benno Sachs (1920) Francis Poulenc: Le bal masqué (The Masked Ball) (1931)     I.Prèambule et air de bravoure     II. Intermède     III. Malvina     IV. Bagatelle     V. La dame aveugle     VI. Finale Rush Hour Concerts Chamber Orchestra John Macfarlane, conductor Julia Bentley, mezzo soprano Marie Tachouet, flute Katherine Young Steele, oboe John Bruce Yeh, clarinet Miles Maner, bassoon William Denton, trumpet Daniel Schlosberg,…

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November 2016
15th

Perfect Pairings

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