Monday, April 25 — Cavatina Duo
Salon music of the 19th-century was characterized by the combination of hit tunes from popular operas with great instrumental virtuosity. The works performed by the Cavatina Duo on this album impressively demonstrate these phenomena, each a medley of favorite melodies from popular operas of the day.
Fantasy on Verdi’s La Traviata by Alan Thomas
Tuesday, April 26 — Chicago Children’s Choir
Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children’s Choir is rooted in the belief that music can be a vehicle to foster mutual understanding and respect between young people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations. CCC has grown from a single choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs that serve thousands of students across the city of Chicago every year.
Traditional South African Songs
Wednesday, April 27 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Tom Hicks
Hailed as an artist of “magnificent pianism” with an “engaging personality,” English pianist Tom Hicks is a gold medalist in competitions including the Wales International Piano Competition, Croydon Piano Concerto Competition, and Evanston/North Shore Scholarship Competition.
Music of Charles Stanford, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Rebecca Clarke, and John Ireland
Thursday, April 28 — International Chamber Artists
In 2006, a small group of musicians formed the International Chamber Artists. ICA has grown steadily and responsibly, bringing emerging artists and great music to Chicago. What started out as an idea among friends has grown to become one of the premiere chamber music organizations in Chicago.
II. Très calme from Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 30 by Ernest Chausson
Friday, April 29 – Impromptu Encore: Zuill Bailey and Awadagin Pratt
Friends and collaborators, cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Awadagin Pratt performed selections from their recording Brahms: Works for Cello and Piano on this Impromptu from 2012.
Music of Johannes Brahms