October 16 – October 20, 2023

October 20, 2023, 12:00 pm

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Conrad Tao
Conrad Tao (Photo: Brantley Gutierrez)

Mon, 10/16 — Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine, and an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times.


Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel

Tues, 10/17 — Black Oak Ensemblephoto credit: https://www.blackoakensemble.com/

Praised by the Chicago Tribune for its “flamboyant vitality” and “expert performances,” the Black Oak Ensemble is establishing itself as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the United States. At its core is a string trio comprising violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli.


String Trio by Jean Françaix

Wed, 10/18 — Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series: Clayton StephensonClayton Stephenson, piano

American pianist Clayton Stephenson’s love for music is immediately apparent in his joyous charisma onstage, expressive power, and natural ease at the instrument. Hailed for “extraordinary narrative and poetic gifts” (Gramophone), he is committed to making an impact on the world through his music-making.

Music of J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Gershwin, Art Tatum, and Hiromi Uehara

Thurs, 10/19 — Orion Ensemble

With the possibilities inherent in the unique combination of piano, string trio and clarinet, the Orion Ensemble offers exciting interpretations of standard repertoire, introduces audiences to rarely performed masterpieces, and inspires composers with commissions for new works.


Piano Trio in B-Flat, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Fri, 10/20 — Axiom BrassPhoto Source: https://www.axiombrass.com/for-presenters

Described as “exceptional ambassadors for classical music” and “innovative programmers,” Chicago-based Axiom Brass designs concert experiences for audiences that stretch the imagination and expand sensibilities.


Milonga del ángel by Astor Piazzolla