May 22 – May 26, 2023

May 26, 2023, 12:00 pm

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Jessie Montgomery
Jessie Montgomery (Photo: Jiyang Chen)

Mon, 5/22 — Constellation Men’s EnsembleMen's Constellation Ensemble (Photography by Carl Alexander & Janie Killips)

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.


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Tues, 5/23 — Haymarket Opera CompanyPhoto source:

Haymarket Opera Company contributes to the diverse and culturally vibrant artistic community of Chicago through the presentation of historically informed opera and oratorio from the 17th and 18th centuries. Premiered in 1780, L’Amant Anonyme was the most successful of Joseph Bologne’s six operas and is the only one to survive to the present day.


Overture from L’amant anonyme by Joseph Bologne

Wed, 5/24 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series: Ariel Horowitz and Alexa StierAriel Horowitz, violin and Alexa Stier, piano

Hailed by the Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical,” violinist Ariel Horowitz was the winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize. She is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music. Romanian-Hungarian pianist Alexa Stier has performed extensively in the United States and across Europe.

Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Jessie Montgomery, Germaine Tailleferre, William Grant Still, and Béla Bartók

Thurs, 5/25 — Jessie MontgomeryPhoto source:

Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. She is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation, the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and her works are performed frequently around the world. In May 2021, she began her three-year appointment as the Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Coincident Dances by Jessie Montgomery
(Chicago Sinfonietta, Mei-Ann Chen)

Fri, 5/26 — Live from WFMT Encore: Marcel Worms

Dutch pianist Marcel Worms visited WFMT in 2015. His program featured works by Frédéric Chopin and Caribbean composers who were inspired by the great 19th-century pianist and composer.