Mon, 12/26 — Black Oak Ensemble
The Black Oak Ensemble is one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, and cellist David Cunliffe are currently ensemble-in-residence at New Music School in Chicago.
Serenade by Sándor Kuti
Tues, 12/27 — Janet Sung
Hailed by The Strad for her “compelling” playing, violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career, recognized for her exhilarating performances and signature lustrous, burnished tone. Her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety, and brilliant virtuosity.
Violin and Piano Suite, Op. 6 by Benjamin Britten
Wed, 12/28 — Bella Voce
Since its founding in 1983 under the name His Majestie’s Clerkes, Bella Voce has delivered its unique, disciplined choral performances to audiences in Chicago and environs. The name comes from the Italian for “beautiful voice,” emphasizing that from a group of musicians they craft a single voice.
O sacrum convivium by Gabriel Jackson
Thurs, 12/29 — Aznavoorian Duo
The Chicago-born sisters Ani Aznavoorian (cello) and Marta Aznavoorian (piano) celebrate the sounds of their ancestral homeland on Gems from Armenia. Their survey opens with ancient folk songs arranged by the early 20th-century Orthodox priest, composer, and musicologist Komitas Vardapet.
Music of Komitas Vardapet
Fri, 12/30 — Impromptu: Pablo Sáinz Villegas
The soul of the Spanish guitar flows through the playing of Pablo Sáinz Villegas. This charismatic, intimate performance took place in WFMT’s Levin Studio in 2016.