April 27 – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Anthony McGill, clarinet, and Demarre McGill, flute (Photo: Ed Spinelli)

Monday, April 27 — Anthony and Demarre McGill: Winged Creatures

Anthony McGill, the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, and brother Demarre McGill, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s principle flutist, return to a beloved training ground, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, for an album of works for flute, clarinet, and orchestra. The album’s title track, celebrated African-American composer Michael Abel’s Winged Creatures, was commissioned for the project by Cedille Records


Winged Creatures by Michael Abels

(Photo: Elliot Mandel)

Tuesday, April 28 — Chicago a cappella – Fiesta Coral Mexicana

In February, 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.


A la orilla de palmar by Manuel Ponce
Tleycantimo choquiliya by Gaspar Fernandez

photo by: Herald Hoffmann

Cheng² Duo (Photo: Herald Hoffmann)

Wednesday, April 29 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives

Captivating audiences and critics alike, the Cheng² Duo distinguishes itself with musical integrity and unparalleled communication with its listeners. The Chinese-Canadian brother-and-sister duo of cellist Bryan Cheng and pianist Silvie Cheng performed in May 2019 at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Music of Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and Sarasate

Thursday, April 30 — Harlem Quartet at Northeastern Illinois University

The New York-based Harlem Quartet has been praised by the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” The group presents diverse programming that combines music from the standard string quartet canon with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works. They performed in NEIU’s Jewel Box Series in October 2019.


Cuarteto en Guaguancó by Guido López Gavilán

Paul Huang, violin (Photo by Marco Borggreve) & Marta Aznavoorian, piano

(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Friday, May 1 – Impromptu Encore: Paul Huang and Marta Aznavoorian

In July 2018, violinist Paul Huang was in Chicago to make his Grant Park Music Festival debut. First though, the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists performed on WFMT’s Impromptu with pianist Marta Aznavoorian.


Music of Dvořák, Sarasate, Bartók, Debussy, and Benjamin