Eleanor Kirk

February 3, 2021, 12:15 pm

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On this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert presented live from the Chicago Cultural Center, harpist Eleanor Kirk presents a program of Sophia Dussek, Lili Boulanger, Florence Price, Marcel Grandjany, and Brandee Younger.

Eleanor Kirk serves as the Principal Harpist with both the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Season highlights from the past year include guest principal appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a Midwest tour with the Chicago Harp Quartet. Eleanor is a founding member of 5th Wave Collective, a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn, where she performs and works as development director. She is a passionate educator, teaching in her private studio, and as Harp faculty at The People’s Music School, the only completely free music school serving Chicago metropolitan area children. Kirk holds degrees from Chicago College of Performing Arts, and Columbia University; her major teachers are Sarah Bullen, Lynn Williams, and June Han.

Biography courtesy of IMF Chicago.

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  • Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 2, by Sophia Dussek

  • D’un Jardin Clair, by Lili Boulanger
    trans. Eleanor Kirk

  • Sketches in Sepia, By Florence Price
    trans. Eleanor Kirk

  • Children’s Hour, Op. 25, by Marcel Grandjany