October 4 – October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021, 12:00 pm

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Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem (Photo: Organic Headshots)

Monday, October 4 — Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Described as “consummate practitioners of pianism” (The Washington Post), Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem enjoy an international career as exponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. Their innovative programming reflects the full gamut of this delightful repertoire, from four-hand works of Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms, to contemporary works championed or commissioned by the pianists.


Allegro in A minor, D 947, Lebensstürme by Franz Schubert

Tuesday, October 5 — Joseph Ehrenpreis: Sunrise in Africa

Taiwo Adegoke is a classical guitarist, composer, arranger of African folk songs, and teacher in Nigeria. He is the founder of the Chocolate Africa Classical Guitar School, a group of musicians with the vision of creating interest for the classical guitar and its music in Africa. Chicago artist Joseph Ehrenpreis has recorded a new album of Adegoke’s works.

Music of Taiwo Adegoke

Wednesday, October 6 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Risus Quartet

Founded in Seoul, South Korea in 2020, the Risus Quartet comprises violinists Haeni Lee and Jieun Yoo, violist Mary Eunkyung Chang, and cellist Bobae Lee. The ensemble won the Senior String Division Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Music of Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn

Thursday, October 7 — Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort performs Renaissance and Baroque rarities for women’s voices, organ, and other instruments on “Música Celestial.” The manuscript source is six choir books preserved at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Written for the singing nuns of the Order of the Immaculate Conception in Mexico City, the pieces suggest the richly diverse musical culture that was enshrined in the convents.


Dixit Dominus by Fabián Peréz Ximeno

Friday, October 8 Impromptu Encore: John-Henry Crawford and Victor Santiago Asunción

Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “projecting polished charisma and a singing sound,” cellist John-Henry Crawford has a passion for sharing powerful music with audiences near and far. His collaborator in this 2016 Impromptu is pianist Victor Santiago Asunción.

Music of Frédéric Chopin, David Sanford, Francis Poulenc, and George Gershwin