Monday, June 28 — Fifth House Ensemble
Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is defined by its limitless imagination and energy and an insatiable desire to bring transformative performance experiences to audiences of all types. The ensemble’s album Excelsior presents world-premiere recordings of works by Caleb Burhans, Alex Shapiro, and Jesse Limbacher.
Perpetual Spark by Alex Shapiro
Tuesday, June 29 — Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella has been praised for its “clarity, well-balanced tone, and deep emotional involvement” (Washington Post). The performers are among the Chicago area’s most accomplished choral singers and soloists. Shall I Compare Thee? is a collection of contemporary settings of Shakespeare texts – including ten recorded premieres and three works composed expressly for the group.
Summer Sonnet by Kevin Olson
Wednesday, June 30 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Caitlin Edwards and Daniel Schlosberg
Violinist Caitlin Edwards’s love of music was fostered at a young age in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She has performed across the country and internationally. She currently resides in Chicago where she performs, teaches, and records. Daniel Schlosberg is a pianist, piano teacher, and vocal coach based in Chicago. He has been on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame since 2005.
Thursday, July 1 — Rush Hour Concert
The Rush Hour Concert series provides “great music for busy lives” free of charge every Tuesday evening, June through August, in historic St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. On June 15, violinist MingHuan Xu, cellist Alexander Hersh, and pianist Winston Choi presented a program of Romantic piano trios.
Fantasiestücke, Op. 88 by Robert Schumann
Friday, July 2 – Impromptu Encore: Imani Winds
Celebrating over two decades of music-making, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds have led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors. Kerry Frumkin welcomed the group in 2013 for a live performance on WFMT.
Music of Valerie Coleman, Igor Stravinsky, and Manuel de Falla