Tonight we present one of the premier chamber ensembles from the Chicago area. The International Chamber Artists is a group comprised of 21 world-class musicians committed to building new audiences through the presentation of great and emerging music. This live performance features works by Bach, Bax, Debussy, Mozetich, Ries, and Schuecker.
Sang Mee Lee, violin
Sharon Chang, violin
Ai Ishida Melby, viola
Jocelyn Butler, cello
Tim Shaffer, double bass
Teresa Reilly, clarinet
Keith Buncke, bassoon
Keri Godon, horn
Patrick Godon, piano
Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp
ICA, founded in 2006, is a committed group of musicians seeking new ways to bring great music and emerging artists to a broader audience in the Chicagoland area. Now in its second decade of music-making, ICA has been recognized by critics as one of Chicago’s premier music ensembles and “one of the most vibrantly appealing of the many area professional chamber music groups.”
Led by Artistic Director Patrick Godon, ICA includes 21 members, including musicians who regularly perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and other outstanding ensembles. It currently is the Resident Chamber Ensemble of the Church of the Holy Spirit Church in Lake Forest and has been Artist-in-Residence for 13 years at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. In addition to regular performances at both churches, ICA has performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Belden Stratford Hotel, the National Shrine of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, St. James Cathedral, on WFMT 98.7 FM, and on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s concert series. Beyond the city limits, ICA has performed in Western Springs with The Tower Chorale, out of state in North Carolina, and internationally in Germany.
ICA’s programming process reflects the spirit of chamber music: it is collaborative, supportive, and provides a chance for each member to shine. Musicians suggest programming and repertoire, and the ensemble seeks opportunities to collaborate with other arts organizations, engage younger audiences through educational concerts, feature established and rising star artists, and commission new works by local composers.
Most notably, concerts presented by ICA are free to the public at their resident institutions in Lake Forest and Chicago. In providing free admission, ICA hopes to make music available to the widest audience, performed at the highest artistic levels, and presented in a personal and engaging manner. These performances are inspired by the vision that music, like all great art, can enhance the quality of life in a community – and should be available to everyone.
Biography courtesy of Patrick Godon.
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