Monday, August 12 — Gregory Hutter: Secular Choral Music
The exciting, genre-defying American composer Gregory Hutter wrote this selection of choral music between 2009 and 2014 — his intention being economic, direct, and tuneful music. The settings range from the English Renaissance to American poems of the early 20th century. Hutter served on the DePaul University School of Music faculty from 2002 to 2019, and he is currently on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Shed No Tear! by Gregory Hutter
A Cradle Song by Gregory Hutter
Philovox Ensemble / Robert Schuneman
Tuesday, August 13 — Avalon String Quartet and Kuang-Hao Huang at Rush Hour Concert Series
The Avalon String Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at Northern Illinois University. For their August 6th performance at St. James Cathedral’s Rush Hour Concert Series, the four musicians were joined by Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang in music by Bach and Shostakovich.
The Art of the Fugue (excerpts) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Wednesday, August 14 — Pianist Kimberly Han at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
18-year-old pianist and violinist Kimberly Han is from Lake Forest, Illinois. She’s a Steinway Young Artist, a Lang Lang Young Scholar, a four-year full scholarship recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and a two-time National Young Arts Foundation winner. She is currently studying with Alexander Korsantia (New England Conservatory) and Brenda Huang (Music Institute of Chicago).
Prelude and Fugue in B Major, BWV 892 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI by Franz Joseph Haydn
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Thursday, August 15 — Stile Antico at Ravinia
Stile Antico is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance. The singers visited the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater on June 18 to present “Queen of Muses,” an imaginative program of sacred and secular choral music from Tudor England.
Absterge Domine by Thomas Tallis
Attolite portas by William Byrd
Friday, August 16 — WFMT Impromptu with Anne Akiko Meyers and Marta Aznavoorian
Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most internationally renowned and respected classical musicians performing today. Known for her passionate performances, innovative programming, and best-selling recordings, Meyers frequently performs with the world’s top orchestras and presents ground-breaking recitals. Before performing Barber’s Violin Concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Meyers returns to WFMT to perform live on Impromptu with pianist Marta Aznavoorian.
Ave Maria by Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod
Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt
Schindler’s List by John Williams