Monday, January 31 — Robert Chen
Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. During that time, he has been featured as soloist with numerous conductors and has given the premieres of many works. Chen also enjoys a solo career around the world and is an avid chamber musician.
Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26 by Peter Tchaikovsky
Tuesday, February 1 — Black Oak Ensemble
Black Oak Ensemble, a string trio boasting three of Chicago’s most enterprising and dynamic chamber musicians, presents Silenced Voices, an album of intriguing works by six early 20th century Jewish composers. One survived World War II as a member of the Dutch resistance, the others perished in concentration camps and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Serenade for String Trio by Sándor Kuti
Wednesday, February 2 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Geneva Lewis and Sahun Sam Hong
New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Praised as an “artist of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter), pianist Sahun Sam Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.
Music of Darius Milhaud, Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre, Gabriel Fauré, and Claude Debussy
Thursday, February 3 — Jory Vinikour
Two-time Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour joins the Chicago Philharmonic, “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras” (Chicago Tribune), and its artistic director Scott Speck in a program of 20th-century harpsichord concertos spanning more than six decades.
Harpsichord Concertino by Walter Leigh
Friday, February 4 – Impromptu Encore: Imani Winds
Since its formation in 1997, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has established itself as one of America’s premier wind quintets. When Kerry Frumkin welcomed the group in 2013, they played a variety of works, including music by ensemble member Valerie Coleman.
Music of Valerie Coleman, Igor Stravinsky, and Manuel de Falla