Monday, August 19 — WFMT Impromptu with Philippe Quint and Marta Aznavoorian
Grammy-nominated artists violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Marta Aznavoorian showcase their collaborative album, Chaplin’s Smile. Tune in to hear a collection of arrangements for violin and piano of songs composed by Charlie Chaplin for his most well-known films.
Selections from Chaplin’s Smile
Tuesday, August 20 — St. James Cathedral Choir at Rush Hour Concert Series
St. James Cathedral in Chicago has long been recognized for excellence and leadership in sacred music. When it was founded, the church established what was to become one of the most well-known choirs of men and boys. In 1926, that gave way to an adult choir of mixed voices. At the final concert of the 2019 Rush Hour Concert Series, conductor Stephen Buzard and the choir presented English choral music spanning six centuries.
Rush Hour Concerts Season Finale
Wednesday, August 21 — Hyoung-Ryoul Kim and Shin-Young Park at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Saxophonist Hyung-Ryoul Kim is currently studying at the University of Illinois. He graduated from the Korea National University of Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, followed by a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. Pianist Shin-Young Park, a native of Seoul, has performed in the United States, Europe, and South Korea both as a soloist and a collaborative artist.
Sonata in C-Sharp by Fernande Decruck
KuKu by Barry Cockcroft
Alto Saxophone Sonata by Paul Creston
Tango Escualo by Astor Piazzolla
Thursday, August 22 — Juilliard String Quartet at Ravinia Festival
With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by the Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works. The quartet visited the Ravinia Festival on June 19 for a program of works by Beethoven, Dvořák, and Lembit Beecher.
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, American by Antonín Dvořák
Friday, August 23 — Shelley Foster Gurin
Shelley Foster Gurin is a Chicago-based composer who has written for orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, choir, chamber ensembles, and voice. She says, “I always explore new musical avenues with each composition that I write. It is what makes composing interesting and exciting for me.” Gurin’s music has been performed by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Highland Park Strings, Northwestern University Ensembles, the Northeastern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the DePaul University Wind Symphony, and the Northshore Concert Band.
Sentiments by Shelley Foster Gurin
Nancy Estrin Perlman, piccolo; Elgin Symphony Orchestra / Robert Hanson, conductor