June 7 – June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Monday, June 7 — North Shore Chamber Music Festival: Escher String 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

Tuesday, June 8 —  eighth blackbird

Thirteen Ways is eighth blackbird’s commercial recording debut album on Cedille Records, featuring music by four of America’s most gifted composers: David Schober, Thomas Albert, Joan Tower, and George Perle. Tower’s sparkling Petroushskates is a vibrant homage to Igor Stravinsky.


Petroushskates by Joan Tower

Wednesday, June 9 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Henry Griffin and Tian Qin

Henry Griffin has extensive recital experience as both a vocalist and a pianist and is currently studying classical voice at the Manhattan School of Music. He will be joined by Tian Qin in a program of works for piano four hands.


Music of Arnold Schoenberg, Antonín Dvořák, Mel Bonis, and Astor Piazzolla

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Thursday, June 10 — Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Among the most accomplished and acclaimed piano duos of their generation, Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem are founders and directors of the Chicago Duo Piano Festival, held annually at the Music Institute of Chicago. On their album Duo Piano Images, Aebersold and Neiweem perform music of Claude Debussy, including arrangements of orchestral works.


Fêtes from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, arr. Maurice Ravel

(Photo: Marcus Hohn)

Friday, June 11 Impromptu Encore: Michael Barenboim and the 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. Concertmaster Michael Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble. In February 2020, the chamber group performed live on WFMT’s Impromptu.


String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn