Rush Hour Concerts Return for 2022, Free Summer Recitals Help You Wait Out Commute

With commuting, once again, a part of many of our days, the simple concept of the Rush Hour Concerts becomes vital.

Audiences to Return, Venue to Move for Weekly Hess Concerts

After a nearly-18-month absence, the concert series will welcome in-person audiences at a new venue: the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Video: Watch A French Flute Recital by Yukie Ota and Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio

If French music (or flute music) is your thing, click here! In a June Dame Myra Hess Concert, Yukie Ota, flute, and Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio shared two lesser-known French pieces.

Video: Expressive, Dynamic Music for Cello & Piano Played by Jean Hatmaker & Michael Finlay

Cellist Jean Hatmaker is a founding member of the Kontras Quartet and the principal cellist of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. She teamed up with pianist Michael Finlay to play music by Brahms and Coleridge-Taylor.

CSO Musicians, Free Livestreams Open Rush Hour Concert 2021 Season

Rush Hour Concerts are a Chicago institution unto themselves, and they resume on June 1 at 5:45 pm.

Video: CSO Flutist, Pianist, Horn Player Share Lovely, Lesser-Known Repertoire

On a sunny March day, flutist Emma Gerstein, horn player Alexander Love, and pianist Winston Choi shared an upbeat recital featuring music you might not have heard before.

Video: Paula Kosower & Kuang-Hao Huang Play Nadia Boulanger, Debussy, Beethoven Live

From the Chicago Cultural Center, cellist Paula Kosower and collaborative pianist Kuang-Hao Huang present works of Nadia Boulanger, Claude Debussy, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Video: Avalon String Quartet Honors Beethoven 250 with a Dynamic Performance

On the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the Avalon String Quartet gave a deft and passionate performance of one of Beethoven’s finest chamber works.

Video: Ascendant Violinist Joshua Brown Plays Debussy, Wieniawski, and Clara Schumann

With collaborative pianist Milana Pavchinskaya, Brown gave a sensitive, engrossing performance to an empty audience in the Chicago Cultural Center.

Video: Andrew Byun and Victor Asuncion Perform Music by Schumann, Tailleferre, and Beethoven

The duo’s stirring performance was given to an empty audience but was broadcast via WFMT and WFMT’s social channels.

Soothe Your Soul with the Chicago Harp Quartet [Video]

There’s nothing quite like harp music. Now more than ever, the Chicago Harp Quartet’s lush, dulcet tones offer an opportunity to slow down, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.

Video: Pianist Taek Gi Lee Shares a Dynamic Recital of Beethoven and Liszt

Pianist Taek Gi Lee, who hails from Seoul and studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, shared a sensitive performance of works by Beethoven and Liszt.

Video: Pianist Hilda Huang Plays Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven at the Chicago Cultural Center

Fresh off a performance as the collaborative pianist to clarinetist Sam Boutris during last week’s Dame Myra Hess Concert, Hilda Huang performed a scintillating program of works by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven

Watch Pianist Tomer Gewirtzman Play Haydn and Scriabin

First prize winner at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, artfully expresses style, sensitivity, and virtuosity at the keyboard. Watch his performance as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series.

Video: Pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya Plays Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Brahms

Russian-born Spanish pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya performs live in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center during a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.

Hess Concerts Celebrates 40 Years of Presenting Free Music in Downtown Chicago

On October 20, 1977, the first Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert was presented in Chicago, inspired by Dame Myra Hess’ passion to make music accessible for all.