Monday, May 11 — Chicago Arts Chorale and Orchestra
Ignacio Jersusalem, an Italian-born composer who spent much of his life in Mexico, receives long-deserved attention from the Chicago Arts Chorale and Orchestra under the baton of Javier José Mendoza. The major work on this recording is the Mass in G Major de los Niños, written in 1767 for the Mexico City Cathedral.
Kyrie and Gloria from Mass in G de los Niños by Ignacio Jerusalem
Tuesday, May 12 — Guitarist Joseph Ehrenpreis
Joseph Ehrenpreis is a multi-instrumental guitar performer. His specialization includes the 8-string “Brahms Guitar,” an instrument that was invented by David Rubio and Paul Galbraith in 1994. Ehrenpreis is gaining an international reputation for creating new repertoire for the instrument through premiering new music, as well through his own transcriptions.
Guitar Sonata No. 1 in C major, I. Allegro moderato by Wenzel Thomas Matiegka
Wednesday, May 13 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. This is a rebroadcast of the trio’s 2017 performance at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Music of Dvořák and Piazzolla
Thursday, May 14 — Newberry Consort
Directed by David Douglass and early music vocalist Ellen Hargis, the Newberry Consort plumbs the Newberry Library’s vast music collection to offer world-class performances of music from the 13th to the 18th centuries…and occasionally beyond. In April 2016, the Consort performed music of Juan de Lienas, a composer who was active in South America during the early to mid-17th century.
Magnificat by Juan de Lienas
Friday, May 15 – Impromptu Encore: Michael Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan Ensemble
Since 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has brought together Arab and Israeli musicians as a means to bridge political divides in the Middle East and globally. In February 2020, concertmaster Michael Barenboim and the newly-formed West-Eastern Divan Ensemble performed Mendelssohn’s Octet live on WFMT’s Impromptu series.
Music of Schubert and Mendelssohn