March 30 – April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Chicago Harp Quartet (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

(Photo: Spektral Quartet)

Monday, March 30 —  Spektral Quartet: Serious Business

The twice-Grammy nominated Spektral Quartet proudly serves as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Department of Music. Their 2016 album Serious Business comprises four different perspectives on humor through the lens of classical music.


String Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 33, No. 2, The Joke by Franz Joseph Haydn

Tuesday, March 31 St. Charles Singers and Elgin Symphony Orchestra

In 2008, the St. Charles Singers and Elgin Symphony Orchestra collaborated on an all-Copland album. They recorded his two sets of Old American Songs, originally for voice and piano, but heard here transcribed for chorus and orchestra.


Old American Songs, Set 2 by Aaron Copland

The Chicago Harp Quartet (Photo: Clay Boutté)

Wednesday, April 1 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives

Founded in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. The Quartet brings its signature mix of original transcriptions of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire and new works. This is a rebroadcast from September 12, 2018, at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Music of Boccherini, Granados, Ortiz, and Andrès 

Thursday, April 2 — Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Rising

Recognized as one of the nation’s premiere wind ensembles, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble emphasizes the performance of masterworks for band. Their album Rising is a collection of 20th- and 21st-century American music, conducted by Mallory Thompson.


An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland

Friday, April 3 – Violinist Jennifer Koh: Portraits

Violinist Jennifer Koh and Grant Park Orchestra, with principal conductor Carlos Kalmar, perform compelling, rarely heard concertos by three innovative, 20th-century European composers: Karol Szymanowski, Bohuslav Martinů, and Béla Bartók.


Two Portraits, Op. 5 by Béla Bartók