February 17 – February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Michael Barenboim (Photo: Marcus Höhn)

Monday, February 17 — Percussionist Mitya Nilov at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, Mitya Nilov is a winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He presented a wide-ranging program on February 5 at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Zamba Para Escuchar Tu Silencio by Guillo Espel
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla

Tuesday, February 18 — Chicago a cappella: Fiesta Coral Mexicana

Chicago a cappella celebrated the colorful and dynamic music of Mexico in the program Fiesta Coral Mexicana. The acclaimed ensemble, prepared by guest music director Benjamin Rivera, sang Baroque masterworks from Puebla Cathedral, traditional folk music, luminous contemporary works, and popular favorites.


La llorana, Traditional
A la orilla de palmar 
by Manuel Ponce
Tleycantimo choquiliya by Gaspar Fernandes

Wednesday, February 19 — Pianist Taek Gi Lee at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Taek Gi Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 and studies piano with Robert McDonald. He has won prizes at several international competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Musicians.


Music of Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven 

(Photo: Marcus Höhn)

Thursday, February 20 — WFMT Impromptu with Michael Barenboim

Since 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has brought together Arab and Israeli musicians as a means to defy fierce political divides in the Middle East and globally. Concertmaster Michael Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble in gems from the chamber repertoire.


To be announced

Friday, February 21 – DePaul University Wind Ensemble 

In 1992, John Bruce Yeh, a member of the DePaul University faculty and clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, made a recording of jazz-infused pieces for solo clarinet and winds with the DePaul Jazz and Wind Ensembles.


Hillandale Waltzes by Victor Babin