June 29 – July 3, 2020

July 3, 2020, 12:00 pm

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Monday, June 29 — Lincoln Trio

The Lincoln Trio, formed in 2003, has been praised for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian performed works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Patrick Zimmerli at the 2019 Ravinia Festival.


Piano Trio in G minor, H. XV:1 by Franz Joseph Haydn

(Photo: Jiro Schneider)

Tuesday, June 30 — Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They performed at the Northeastern Illinois University Jewel Box Concert Series in 2017.


Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet, arr. William Kanengiser

Véronique Mathieu, violin and Jasmin Arakawa, piano

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

Canadian-born violinist Véronique Mathieu and collaborative pianist Jasmin Arakawa presented a program of French music at the Chicago Cultural Center in December 2019. Mathieu enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. Arakawa, a prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China, and Japan.


Music of Debussy, Boulanger, and Poulenc

(Photo: Gary Norman)

Thursday, July 2 — Akropolis Reed Quintet

The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first-ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014). Hailed by Fanfare Magazine for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi. The ensemble visited Northeastern Illinois University in 2018 for a wide-ranging program.


An American in Paris by George Gershwin

Reginald R. Robinson

Friday, July 3 Impromptu Encore: Reginald Robinson

The story goes that Reginald R. Robinson first heard the sweet strains of ragtime music through the loudspeaker of a neighborhood ice cream truck. Years later, the self-taught pianist and composer received a 2004 “Genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Robinson performed music of Scott Joplin and some of his own compositions on Impromptu in 2017


Music of Joplin and Robinson