July 19 – July, 23, 2021

July 23, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Composer Jessie Montgomery

Monday, July 19 — Bella Voce

Bella Voce explores some of the many ravishing Renaissance works based on a surprising source: the French secular song L’homme armé (The Armed Man). Almost fifty masses, dated between 1450 and 1700, have used the melody. Despite its fame, no one really knows the origin of the tune. Works by Josquin, Morales, Ockeghem, and Busnoys are featured on this album by Bella Voce under Artistic Director Andrew Lewis.


Kyrie from Missa L’homme armé by Josquin des Prez

Tuesday, July 20 —  Rush Hour Concert

Alex Klein is one of the world’s most acclaimed oboists, having served as principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for nine years. Lillia Woolschlager is a pianist and oboist in the Chicago area. She studied at DePaul University with Klein. They performed together on July 6 in the Rush Hour Concert Series at St. James Cathedral.


Incantation and Dance by William Grant Still

Wednesday, July 21 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: SooBeen Lee and Elliot Wuu

Violinist SooBeen Lee, First Prize Winner of the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, has been praised by the Washington Post for her “poised presence and luxurious sound.” First Prize winner in the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Elliot Wuu has captured audiences with colorful tones, sensitive musicality, and emotional depth in his music.

Music of Claude Debussy, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Igor Frolov

Thursday, July 22 — David Schrader

Versatile keyboard virtuoso David Schrader performs attractive 20th- and 21st-century solo organ works by Frank Ferko (b. 1950) and Leo Sowerby (1895–1968), prolific composers known for their organ mastery and closely associated with the city of Chicago.


III. St. Anne (Toccata and Fugue) from Music for Elizabeth Chapel by Frank Ferko

Friday, July 23 Impromptu Encore: Catalyst Quartet

In September 2013, the Catalyst Quartet, a Sphinx ensemble, performed live on Impromptu.  The group played a piece by ensemble member, violinist Jessie Mongomery. In April 2021, she was appointed Mead composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Music of Jessie Montgomery and others