2016-2017 Season Schedule
Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3pm
Our opening program is filled with exciting musicians and inspiring music, as we begin our 20th Anniversary year celebration. Tim Munro, formerly of the Eighth Blackbird, will open the program with a beautiful Mozart Flute Quartet. He will also play the amazing duo with cello, Jet Whistle by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos. Two French works round out the program: a dazzling Quintet from 1928 for flute, harp and string trio by the little known French composer Jean Cras, and Faure’s brilliant Piano Quartet in C minor.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3pm
A musical family of three generations will present a varied, mostly Russian program. Included is music by Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956), a Russian composer who taught many Soviet composers, including Prokofiev and Khachaturian, at the Moscow Conservatory. His Duos for Violin and Cello are a collection of miniatures evoking 18th and 19th century musical forms. Tchaikovsky’s beautifully melodic music is everyone’s favorite as the Nocturne and Serenade Melancolique confirm. Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E Minor is one of the great Trios of our time, from its mysterious opening to the final danse macabre with its wild Klezmer-like themes. Great beauty and perfection is found in Mozart’s Piano Quartet in C minor, a marvelous contrast with the rest of the program.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3pm
We are so pleased to have John Sharp, principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, back with a number of his colleagues in the wonderful sextet by Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence from 1890, inspired by a tune that Tchaikovsky heard in Florence, Italy, where he loved to vacation. Beethoven’s masterful Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major begins the program, followed by the impassioned Deux Choros for Violin and Cello, by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm
FREE Exciting Concert performed by exceptionally talented, prize-winning young musicians performing solo and chamber music, an audience favorite.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3pm
Meet the outstanding Chicago composer Dan Visconti as he introduces his special vision of Americana, Ramshackle Songs, performed by the Kontras Quartet. Visconti sets the stage in this work for a bittersweet journey of nostalgia, blending melodic fragments, playful effects and dizzying rhythmic intricacies. The powerful and virtuosic Piano Trio by the Spanish composer and cellist Gaspar Cassadó follows. Brahm’s magnificent C Minor String Quartet, a masterwork of great drama and beauty, draws to an end our 20th Year Celebration.