September 2 – 6, 2019

September 6, 2019, 12:00 pm

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Spektral Quartet: “Serious Business”

Monday, September 2 — Spektral Quartet

Since its inception in 2010, the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet is known for creating seamless connections across centuries. Its Grammy-nominated album “Serious Business” unpacks the theme of humor in classical music through the lens of three world premieres by inventive young composers, and one entry from the year 1781 – Haydn’s string quartet nicknamed “The Joke.” The Spektral Quartet has yet to experience a performance in which the audience doesn’t laugh at the piece’s fake-out conclusion!


String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke” by Franz Joseph Haydn

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Tuesday, September 3 — Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra is respected for exceptional performances, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives. In March 2019, conductor Teddy Abrams led the orchestra in works by Smetana, Villa-Lobos, Corigliano, and Tchaikovsky.


Francesa da Rimini by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Flutist Ginevra Petrucci and Pianist Jory Vinikour

Wednesday, September 4 — Ginevra Petrucci and Jory Vinikour at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Described by The Flutist Quarterly as having “beautiful phrasing, brilliant virtuosity, and a legato worthy of a great singer,” Ginevra Petrucci has an active performing schedule throughout the world. In repertoire ranging from Bach and before, to Poulenc and beyond, pianist Jory Vinikour has performed as soloist with leading orchestras and as recital soloist in series and festivals around the globe.


Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 50 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Flute Sonata by Paul Hindemith
Suite de Ballet by Ralph Vaughan Williams 

Gautier Capuçon (Photo: Gregory Batardon)

Gautier Capuçon (Photo: Gregory Batardon)

Thursday, September 5 — Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Ravinia

Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet took the stage at the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theatre on July 22, 2019, to perform a program of works by Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius, and Shostakovich.


Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann

Northwestern University Cello Ensemble: “Shadow, Echo, Memory”

Friday, September 6 — Northwestern University Cello Ensemble

The Northwestern University Cello Ensemble released the album “Shadow, Echo, Memory” in 2016 on Sono Luminus. Led by Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, the ensemble is comprised of current and former cello students from the Bienen School of Music. The album features a diverse collection of works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries arranged for cello ensemble.


Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler