May 9 – May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022, 12:00 pm

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Balourdet Quartet

Monday, May 9 — Lincoln Trio

The twice-Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio — violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian — offers engaging, rarely heard piano trios by 20th-century Chicago composers Leo Sowerby and Ernst Bacon. Bacon’s Trio No. 2 (1987) receives its world-premiere recording.


Piano Trio No. 2 by Ernst Bacon

Tuesday, May 10 — Martin Davids

Martin Davids is a violinist with a busy career who has performed all across the United States. In Chicago, he founded the Callipygian Players and works with Haymarket Opera, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and with just about anyone presenting Baroque music.

Music of Nicola Matteis and Johann Sebastian Bach

Wednesday, May 11 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Balourdet Quartet

The Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, is currently in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition as well as the top prize awarded in the 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Italy.

Music of Jessie Montgomery and Claude Debussy

Thursday, May 12 — Constellation Men’s Ensemble

Constellation Men’s Ensemble is a Chicago-based vocal group dedicated to creating distinct performances in unique spaces, empowering the next generation of singers through educational engagement, and expanding the repertoire for men’s vocal music by commissioning new works from both emerging and established composers.


Twilight Hours by Gregory Brown

Friday, May 13  Impromptu Encore: Lawrence Brownlee and Craig Terry

In 2015, the extraordinary American tenor Lawrence Brownlee and the superb collaborative pianist Craig Terry shared repertoire by Rossini – a Brownlee specialty – as well as a spiritual, Come By Here, and Britten’s setting of Down By the Sally Gardens.