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Baroque and Romantic Classics, PARABLES OF ZION Premiere and More Set for Rush Hour Concerts, 6/4-8/27

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Rush Hour Concerts presents its 14th annual Summer Concert Series featuring free concerts of "great music for busy lives" at River North's historic St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, June 4 - August 27, 2013. In a format that reinvents classical music for life in a new century, concerts take place every Tuesday evening, beginning with a pre-concert food and beverage reception with the artists at 5:15 pm in the cathedral foyer, followed by a 30-minute concert at 5:45 pm. The reception and concert are always free and no tickets are required.

Rush Hour Concerts' Creative Director Deborah Sobol believes that free access to great art is essential to the human experience. "We have a wonderful season lined up, featuring exquisite music of Bach, Brahms, Schubert and Dvorák," said Sobol. "We are also excited to showcase some fantastic contemporary works performed by Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Third Coast Percussion."

For Rush Hour Concerts' 2013 Summer Concert Series, Sobol curated a season that weaves together music of the Baroque and Romantic eras (Bach, Brahms, Chausson, Rachmaninoff, Schubert) with more unconventional repertoire, including Dvorák's­ Slavonic Dances for piano four hands, the World Premiere of Mischa Zupko's Parables of Zion for trumpet and organ, the internationally-acclaimed trombone quartet 4, a music and poetry collaboration with the Euclid Quartet and the Poetry Foundation, and modern works of Benjamin Britten, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and more.

For the fourth consecutive year, 98.7 WFMT will broadcast the Summer Concert Series live from St. James Cathedral each week. "Rush Hour Concerts has always presented an outstanding season of superb chamber music," said WFMT Program Director Peter Van De Graaff. "WFMT is proud to broadcast these engaging concerts live for a fourth year."

2013 Summer Concert Series:

June 4

Artists: Brant Taylor, cello

Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

Program: Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19

June 11

Artists: Fulcrum Point New Music Project

Stephen Burns, trumpet

David Schrader, organ

Program: Music of J.S. Bach and the World Premiere of Mischa Zupko's Parables of Zion

June 18

Artists: Bruce J. Barber, organ

David Schrader, keyboards

Program: All-Bach double-header: a one-hour double concert in memory of Scott V. Bruner*

June 25

Artists: Trio Voce, piano trio

Program: Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

July 2

Artists: Jason Seed Stringtet

Yang Wei, pipa

Program: Rush Hour Fusion: original compositions by Jason Seed

Goulash Rag
Pictures of an Exhibitionist
Krakow
Where the Corners Meet
Ishtar

July 9

Artists: Euclid String Quartet

Program: Poetry and the String Quartet in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation

July 16

Artists: Joan DeVee Dixon, piano

Alice Fiedlerová, piano

Program: Antonín Dvo?ák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 for piano four hands

July 23

Artists: 4: Peter Ellefson, Randall Hawes, Timothy Higgins, Michael Mulcahy

Program: Music of Gabrieli, Beethoven and Shostakovich for trombone quartet

July 30

Artists: Singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Program: Lyric Shorts: Rossini's The Barber of Seville

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