Classical Music in the Loop as Guarneri Hall Announces 5th Anniversary Season

By Keegan Morris |

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Brian Hong and Alexander Hersh perform at Guarneri Hall

Brian Hong and Alexander Hersh perform at Guarneri Hall

Guarneri Hall returns for its fifth anniversary season. Conceived by violinist and instrument dealer Stefan Hersh, the intimate, state-of-the-art performance space is nestled within a central loop office building. The bulk of this season’s concerts will be held weeknights at 6:30 pm, offering commuters an enriching stopover to skip traffic on their commute home.

Over six programs, Guarneri will present wide-ranging explorations of chamber music repertoire.

An October program explores Voices of the Underrepresented, and a two-part December program presents a cycle of all of Bartók’s string quartets. In November, the venue screens Buster Keaton’s silent film classic Sherlock Jr. with a live performance of a new score by pianist Stephen Prutsman, while the season opener (August 30), A Night at the Disco, presents festive selections from the Baroque era to today. The season also includes focuses on contemporary composers. A March program explores the output of Bernard Rands, and the season finale honors late American composer George Crumb and features an appearance by violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, who hosts PBS’s Now Hear This series.

Musical highlights over the season include selections by Amy Beach, Eleanor Alberga, Augusta Read Thomas, Margaret Bonds, and Aaron Jay Kernis, and guest artists will include mezzo Chrystal E. Williams, the Borromeo Quartet, the NOIS Saxophone Quartet, and Stefan Hersh.

NEXUS Chamber Music, which enjoys a residency at Guarneri, are active participants in the season’s events; the ensemble is led by Brian Hong and Alexander Hersh (whose father founded the venue). Guarneri’s season premiere ties into the ensemble’s annual chamber music festival.