Baroque and Romantic Classics, PARABLES OF ZION Premiere and More Set for Rush Hour Concerts, 6/4-8/27
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:
Artists: Brant Taylor, cello
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Program: Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
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
Artists: Bruce J. Barber, organ
David Schrader, keyboards
Program: All-Bach double-header: a one-hour double concert in memory of Scott V. Bruner*
Artists: Trio Voce, piano trio
Program: Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8
Artists: Jason Seed Stringtet
Yang Wei, pipa
Program: Rush Hour Fusion: original compositions by Jason Seed
Pictures of an Exhibitionist
Where the Corners Meet
Artists: Euclid String Quartet
Program: Poetry and the String Quartet in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation
Artists: Joan DeVee Dixon, piano
Alice Fiedlerová, piano
Program: Antonín Dvo?ák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 for piano four hands
Artists: 4: Peter Ellefson, Randall Hawes, Timothy Higgins, Michael Mulcahy
Program: Music of Gabrieli, Beethoven and Shostakovich for trombone quartet
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