Founded in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet (Marguerite Lynn Williams, Julie Spring, Catherin Litaker, and Lauren Hayes) has established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. The Quartet brings its signature mix of original transcriptions of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire and new works by the world's leading composers. The Quartet is dedicated to presenting innovative and charismatic programs. They will be performing works by Grieg, Granados, Liszt, Bizet, and Ravel. Every CHQ performance is a unique experience, bringing together the four members' extensive and diverse solo careers and their combined dedication to sharing the excitement and beauty of the harp.
Enjoy a special opportunity to hear two great String Quintets. Mozart's beautiful String Quintet, K 593 opens the program followed by an exciting Piano Trio by the composer and Spanish cellist Alfredo Cassado, lending a wonderful Spanish flair. The following dramatic String Quintet by Beethoven, Op. 29 is our Celebration honoring Beethoven's 250th Birthday! Featuring performers Desirée Ruhstrat, violinist and David Cunliffe, cellist and friends.
Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock, and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music carefully balances between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty. Chicago guitarists Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque have recorded several CDs together, and have received "Top Acoustic Guitar Album" in the past. A new CD with both performers has recently been released.
A FREE Exciting Concert performed by exceptionally talented, prize-winning young musicians performing solo and chamber music, an audience favorite.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served 25 years on the high court. A skillful and passionate advocate for equal rights, Justice Ginsburg has become a pop-culture icon known to her fans as "Notorious RBG", a wry nod to the late rap artist The Notorious B.I.G. Her life and work are celebrated in this one act dramatic concert featuring soprano/composer Patrice Michaels, pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, and their guests Michelle Areyzaga, soprano, Matthew Dean, tenor, and Evans Bravos, baritone. As soloists and ensemble members, they portray characters and present anecdotes that create a loving portrait of RBG's amazing life, including music by Michaels, Lori Laitman, Stacy Garrop, Vivian Fung, and more.