February 22 – February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Black Oak Ensemble
Black Oak Ensemble

Monday, February 22 — Black Oak Ensemble

Black Oak Ensemble, a string trio boasting three of Chicago’s most enterprising and dynamic chamber musicians, presents Silenced Voices, an album of intriguing works by six promising, early 20th century Jewish composers. One survived World War II as a member of the Dutch resistance, the others perished in concentration camps and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe.


Serenade for String Trio by Sándor Kuti

Drostan Hall

Tuesday, February 23 —  Camerata Chicago

Founded in 2003 by conductor Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra equally at home in intimate settings as well as in larger chamber music venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works.


Variations on Thaxted by Gustav Holst

Wednesday, February 24 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: John Macfarlane and Victor Santiago Asunción 

John Macfarlane is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland. Hailed by The Washington Post for his poised and imaginative playing, Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asunción has appeared in concert halls around the world as a recitalist and concerto soloist.

Music of Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Tartini

Thursday, February 25 — Gene Pokorny

Gene Pokorny has been principal tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989. When he isn’t counting rests in the back row onstage at Orchestra Hall, he can be found at music festivals and performing solo recitals worldwide. Pokorny teaches at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, and the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar.


Andante Tranquillo by Barry McKimm 

Friday, February 26 Impromptu Encore: Avi Avital

The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andrés Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifetz for his incredible virtuosity. In 2015, Avital visited WFMT for a live performance on Impromptu. 

Music of Ernst Bloch, J.S Bach, Traditional Bulgarian, and Antonio Vivaldi