June 10 – June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Escher String Quartet (Photo: Sarah Skinner)

(Photo: Donald Sinta Quartet)

Wednesday, June 10 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: From the Archives

The Donald Sinta Quartet, Fischoff Competition Gold Medal recipients, appeared in 2018 on the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. They brought with them a variety of music, including an arrangement of a Beethoven string quartet by Dan Graser as well as works written specifically for saxophone quartet.


Music of Beethoven, Chris Hass, David Biedenbender, and Marc Mellits

(Photo: Sarah Skinner)

Thursday, June 11 — North Shore Chamber Music Festival: Escher Quartet

The North Shore Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2010 by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe in a quest to provide Chicago’s North Shore with musical experiences of the same caliber and quality as those found in the great halls of the world. The Escher String Quartet performed on the opening night of the 2019 festival at Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook.


String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 by Ludwig van Beethoven

(Photo: Laura Watilo Blake)

Friday, June 12 Impromptu Encore: Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux

We asked harpist Yolanda Kondonassis what she loves best about her instrumental collaboration with guitarist Jason Vieaux. She said it was how the blend and contrast “changes constantly depending on the register, the articulation, and the dynamics.” The duo performed live on WFMT’s Impromptu in 2016 prior to their recital at the Ravinia Festival.


Music of Hovhaness, Schocker, Pujol, Montsalvatge, and Ellington