Monday, August 26 — Camerata Chicago
Founded in 2003, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra equally at home in intimate settings as well as in larger venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works. The performance of Britten’s Simple Symphony for strings comes from Camerata Chicago’s concert in April 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, conducted by Drostan Hall.
Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten
Tuesday, August 27 — Trio Settecento
Trio Settecento (violinist Rachel Barton Pine, harpsichordist David Schrader, and viola da gambist John Mark Rozendall) brings fresh insights to music from the Age of Enlightenment through its passionate, authoritative, and distinctive interpretations. Their album An Italian Sojourn traces the remarkable musical innovations of composers in Venice, Rome, and beyond during the Baroque era through works by eight different composers.
Sonata Pastorale in A by Giuseppe Tartini
Wednesday, August 28 — Pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist,” Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He has performed across the Americas and Europe at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Selections from Études by Claude Debussy
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Thursday, August 29 — St. Charles Singers
The St. Charles Singers concluded their 2018-19 concert season with an eclectic program of Victorian-era choral works, both secular and sacred, from the British Isles, the United States, France, and Germany. The mixed-voice professional chamber choir conducted by Jeffrey Hunt presented a broad range of composers from a specific historical period. “The Victorian era was a Renaissance for choral music,” Hunt said of the period marked by the reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria.
Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans by Claude Debussy
Friday, August 30 — Chicago Pro Musica
Chicago Pro Musica was founded in 1979 by composer/pianist Easley Blackwood and Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh. Honored with the 1986 Grammy Award for “Best New Classical Artist,” the ensemble has earned an international reputation for its dynamic performances of a widely varied repertory. In the 1980s, Chicago Pro Musica made two recordings at Medinah Temple of an eclectic mix of mostly 20th-century music.
Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders by Richard Strauss, arr. Hasenöhrl