September 20 – September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021, 12:00 pm

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The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble

Monday, September 20 — Matthew Lipman

One of the world’s leading young violists, Matthew Lipman has been hailed by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” Ascent is Lipman’s debut solo album. His collaborator is pianist Henry Kramer, winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth competition.


Märchenbilder, Op. 113 by Robert Schumann

Tuesday, September 21 —  Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass was founded in 1992 by its Artistic Director, H. Rodney Holmes, as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago, whose campus architecture boasts a charming variety of the ensemble’s namesake. Over the years, the group transformed itself into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble, performing a wide variety of repertoire in an equally diverse range of settings.


Suite from Come ye sons of art by Henry Purcell

Wednesday, September 22 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Aero Quartet

Praised by composer Augusta Read Thomas for their “nuanced, colorful, artfully sculpted” performances, the Aero Quartet is committed to promoting new and traditional repertoire for saxophone quartet. The ensemble was named first-prize winners in the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and the New Orleans Chamber Music Competition.

Music of Jennifer Higdon, Corey Dundee, Arturo Márquez, and Robert Schumann

Thursday, September 23 — Northwestern University: Black Composer Showcase

Northwestern University’s three-part Black Composer Showcase series features performances by Bienen School of Music voice and instrumental students. The goals of this video series are to broaden the repertoires performed and studied at the Bienen School, inspire collaboration among music studies and performance students, and educate the Bienen School and broader communities about composers of color and their important contributions to classical music.


Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still

Friday, September 24 Impromptu Encore: Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux

We asked harpist Yolanda Kondonassis what she loves best about her instrumental collaboration with guitarist Jason Vieaux. She said it was how the blend and contrast “changes constantly depending on the register, the articulation, and the dynamics.” The duo performed live on Impromptu in 2016.

Music of Alan Hovhaness, Gary Schocker, Máximo Diego Pujol, and others