September 23 – 27, 2019

September 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

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(Illustration: Sanya Glisic)

Chicago Harp Quartet – ‘Soirées D’été’

Monday, September 23 — Chicago Harp Quartet 

Founded in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. On the album “Soirée d’été,” the quartet brings its signature mix of original transcriptions of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire and new works by the world’s leading composers.


Concerto No. 10 in B minor from L’estro Armonico by Antonio Vivaldi

Pacifica Quartet and Sharon Isbin- ‘Souvenirs of Spain & Italy’

Tuesday, September 24 Pacifica Quartet and Sharon Isbin

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. “Souvenirs of Spain and Italy” features compositions by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Boccherini, and Joaquín Turina.


La oración del torero, Op. 34  by Joaquín Turina

Aruna Quartet

Wednesday, September 25 — Aruna Quartet at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Comprised of undergraduate and graduate saxophone students at Texas Tech University, the Aruna Quartet is a prizewinner in national and international competitions. Since forming in 2015, the quartet has performed a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire.


Prelude from Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg
Canzona variée from Saxophone Quartet by Alexander Glazunov
Selections from Recitation Book by David Maslanka
Nepomuk’s Dances by Marcelo Zarvos

Thursday, September 26 — Lakeshore Rush at the Thirsty Ears Festival

(Illustration: Sanya Glisic)

In August 2019, Access Contemporary Music presented the fourth annual Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago’s only classical music street festival. Among the ensembles featured was Lakeshore Rush, a group of musicians from Chicago who present contemporary and classical standards and forgotten masterpieces, characterized by programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative partnerships, and intimate performances.


Glassworks: Closing by Phillip Glass

Pianist Lishan Xue

Friday, September 27 — Pianist Lishan Xue at the Thirsty Ears Festival

The 2019 Thirsty Ears Festival featured seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Reich and everything in between. Pianist Lishan Xue gave a recital of works by Haydn, Chopin, Ligeti, Granados, and Ravel. Xue was born in Shanghai, China. She is the prizewinner of various national and international piano competitions and currently is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois.


Sonata in C Major, Hob: XVI/50 by Franz Joseph Haydn