Monday, January 24 — Helen Callus
Helen Callus, hailed as “one of the world’s greatest violists” (American Record Guide), continues to captivate audiences with her lyrical tone, technical command, and profound artistry. She is Professor of Viola at Northwestern University. Callus’s 2002 debut recording, “A Portrait of the Viola,” was met with highest critical acclaim.
Morpheus by Rebecca Clarke
Tuesday, January 25 — Chicago Chorale
Chicago Chorale is a professional-level ensemble of singers who cultivate their craft out of genuine love and dedication, giving freely of their time and talent. The ensemble gives sensitive and thought-provoking performances of a diverse choral repertoire, from well-loved works to overlooked masterpieces to newly commissioned pieces.
Agnus Dei by Samuel Barber
Wednesday, January 26 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Blue Violet Duo
The Chicago-based Blue Violet Duo was born of a friendship and musical kinship and enjoyed immediate recognition, winning a competition that led to their performance in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2014. Their debut album, American Souvenirs, received critical recognition. Violinist Kate Carter and pianist Louise Chan enjoy bringing to light lesser-known, engaging works to surprise and delight audiences everywhere.
Music of Gwyneth Walker, Florence Price, and William Grant Still
Thursday, January 27 — Midsummer’s Music
Founded in 1990, Midsummer’s Music has been bringing chamber music to audiences in Door County, Wisconsin, for more than three decades. A multi-faceted organization featuring collaborations with local organizations and institutions, Midsummer’s Music attracts musicians from Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Quartet, among others.
Concertino by Oscar Haugland
Friday, January 28 – Impromptu Encore: Reginald R. Robinson
The story goes that Reginald R. Robinson first heard the sweet strains of ragtime music through the loudspeaker of a neighborhood ice cream truck. Years later, the self-taught pianist and composer received a 2004 “genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Reginald Robinson performed some of his original compositions on Impromptu in 2017.