Monday, November 29 — Matthew Hagle
Pianist Matthew Hagle is a musician of great versatility and depth, whose performances are a rare mixture of musical understanding, imaginative programming, pianistic mastery, and beauty of sound. He performed all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in a series of live recitals over WFMT.
Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Tuesday, November 30 — Bella Voce
Founded in 1982, Bella Voce has received acclaim for performing classic a cappella repertoire, early music of the Americas, and contemporary music from all over the world. On Awake the Dawn, the ensemble presents music by three of today’s most innovative composers: Gabriel Jackson, Frank Ferko, and Eric Whitacre.
O sacrum convivium by Gabriel Jackson
Wednesday, December 1 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Vicente Della Tonia
Vicente Della Tonia has performed solo and chamber recitals in concert halls throughout the United States, Spain, and his native Brazil. He has received prize awards in numerous competitions and is a recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award of the Year.
Music of Mozart Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos
Thursday, December 2 — Gaudete Brass
Founded in 2004, Gaudete Brass is devoted to presenting chamber music at the highest level of excellence. On “Chicago Moves,” the ensemble performs new and diverse American works for brass quintet. All the works but one were written expressly for the Chicago-based ensemble of young brass virtuosos and receive their world-premiere recordings.
A Great Commercial City by Brian Baxter
Friday, December 3 — Impromptu Encore: Chanticleer
Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male singers ranging from countertenor to bass. In December 2012, Carl Grapentine welcomed this “orchestra of voices” for an Impromptu filled with music of the season.