Monday, June 13 — Grant Park Orchestra
The Grant Park Orchestra was formed in 1944 when the Chicago Park District assembled a resident orchestra to perform at the Grant Park Music Festival. Today, the orchestra draws its musicians from different musical institutions throughout the United States. Each summer, the orchestra members gather in Millennium Park for a ten-week long season of performances.
Jubilee by George Whitefield Chadwick
Tuesday, June 14 — Georgia and Louise Mangos
Duo-pianists Georgia and Louise Mangos have concertized throughout Europe and the United States. The sisters’ many performances on radio and television have included live broadcasts on WFMT and an appearance as the selected artists for a television special on duo-pianism.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major by Franz Liszt
Wednesday, June 15 —Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert: Ani and Marta Aznavoorian
Cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Marta Aznavoorian are Armenian-American siblings renowned for their passion, artistry, and energy. The Los Angeles Times describes Ani as a cellist “who shows great sensitivity and great virtuosity at all moments,” while the Boston Globe praises Marta as a pianist of “exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse.”
Music of Komitas Vartabed, Alexander Arutiunian, Peter Boyer, Serouj Kradjian, and Niccolò Paganini
Thursday, June 16 — Rush Hour Concerts: Kontras Quartet
Admired for their “superlative artistry” (CVNC Arts Journal), the Kontras
Quartet has established an international following for their vibrant and nuanced performances. Kontras means contrasts in the Afrikaans language – fitting for a string ensemble whose colorful repertoire spans centuries, genres, and continents.
III. Juba and IV. Finale from String Quartet in A minor by Florence Price
Friday, June 17 – Impromptu Encore: California Guitar Trio
Paul Richards, Bert Lams, and Hideyo Moriya have been known collectively as the California Guitar Trio since 1991. Their questing spirit drives them to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. The three friends and collaborators performed on Impromptu in 2019.