Chicago Music Events | Spring 2010

Check out what is going on in Chicago on the music end of things in the Spring.

 

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
(concerts and dates confirmed for February, March, April, May 2010; subject to change)

CLASSICAL MUSIC DESCRIPTIONS
SUNDAY SALON: New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago
Sunday, February 21, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
The New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago presents a concert of Mozart and Schubert directed by Francesco Milioto.  A modern, innovative, and versatile ensemble of classically-trained musicians dedicated to the performance of music of all genres at the highest level, the organization is committed to collaboration with diverse artists, art forms, and audiences in a united effort to build a sustainable future.  The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs

CLASSICAL MONDAY: Award Winners in concert: Joelle Lamarre
Monday, February 22, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Disciplined in multiple musical genres, Anne Marie Gerts Award winning soprano Joelle Lamarre performs with her powerful spinto voice.  Sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women.  LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Anna Petrova, Piano
Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Anna Petrova, Piano, performs works by Bach, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.  Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the celebrated series of weekly concerts feature solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians. The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

SUNDAY SALON: Anaphora
Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Known for its "gutsy but polished performances" (Chicago Tribune), the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Anaphora presents a program of Gershwin, Piazzolla, Mendelssohn, and Debussy.  The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs,
 
DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Noah Turner Rogoff, Cello, and Nathan Buckner, Piano
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Noah Turner Rogoff, cello, and Nathan Buckner, piano, perform works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

SUNDAY SALON: Protégé Philharmonic
Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

In addition to featuring 2010 Concerto Competition winner Marina Stingley, the Protégé Philharmonic will perform Rimsky Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36, Berlioz’s Racoczy March, and Ravel’s arrangement of
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.

CLASSICAL MONDAY: The Juliani Ensemble
Monday, March 8, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
The Juliani Ensemble, a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians has delighted Chicago audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999.  LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.


DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Michael Mizrahi, Piano
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Michael Mizrahi, piano, performs works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

SUNDAY SALON: Classical Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Featuring talented young musicians from throughout Chicago, the Classical Symphony Orchestra performs Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 3, Thomas’ Mignon Overture, and Nielson’s Symphony No. 2 Op. 1.  Joseph Glymph conducts. The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.

CLASSICAL MONDAY: Orion Ensemble
Monday, March 15, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

As the Ensemble-in-Residence of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, the Orion Ensemble consists of five core musicians whose mission is to perform a broad repertoire of chamber music at the highest level.  LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Brendan Conway, Violin, and Anna Balakerskaia, Piano
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Brendan Conway, violin, and Anna Balakerskaia, piano perform works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

SUNDAY SALON: Chicago Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, March 21, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

The Chicago Chamber Orchestra performs a concert in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday.  Featured on the program are J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", R. Kerr’s Irish Legend, Paul Creston’s Gregorian Chant, and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major.  Natalie Mann, Soprano; John Sherer, Conductor.  The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.

CLASSICAL MONDAY: Ancuza Aprodu and Thierry Miroglio
Monday, March 22, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
French musicians Ancuza Aprodu and Thierry Miroglio perform an eclectic concert of works for piano and percussion.  Featured on the program are Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Handel, Iannis Xenakis’ Rebounds, and Maurice Ohana’s Etude d’Interpretation XII.LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Alex Alguacil, Piano
Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Alex Alguacil, piano perform works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

SUNDAY SALON: International Chamber Artists
Sunday, March 28, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
The International Chamber Artists perform Ingolf Dahl’s Music for Brass Instruments along with piano trios by Leonard Bernstein and Antonin Dvorak.  The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.

CLASSICAL MONDAY: Award Winners in Concert, Kristina Nyberg, piano
Monday, March 29, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Award winning pianist Kristina Nyberg performs Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, and Srebotnjak.  Sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women of Chicago.  LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Pia Bose, Piano
Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Pia Bose, piano performs works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).
 
BLACK VIOLET: ACT III: The Un-Natural Order
Monday, April 5, 2010, 7 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Black Violet is a mix of music, art and narrative that will be presented in three acts. Black Violet tells the story of Violet, a young, black housecat, who leaves her home and faces unimaginable dangers, crosses paths with bizarre characters, and forges unexpected friendships, during one of the most terrifying passages of London’s history, the outbreak of the Black Plague in the 17th century. Story and Illustrations by Ezra Claytan Daniels.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-soprano, and Scott Gilmore, Piano, from Chicago Opera Theater
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-soprano, and Scott Gilmore, Piano from Chicago Opera Theater perform works by Barber, Berlioz, Ravel and Bolcom. Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.  Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).\

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Hans Kristian Goldstein, Cello, and Clinton Adams, Piano
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Hans Kristian Goldstein, Cello, and Clinton Adams, Piano perform works by Beethoven and Brahms.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.  Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

LIVE MUSIC NOW! YOUNG PEOPLES CONCERT: Debut Orchestra/CYSO                                               
Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 10:30 am and 12 Noon
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) is internationally recognized as one of the premier youth orchestras in the United States. For over 60 years, its programs have provided music education and instrumental training of the highest quality to Chicago metropolitan area youth. Please join CYSO’s Debut Orchestra for a performance of timeless music by Vivaldi, Grieg and Brahms.  This program, produced by the International Music Foundation, is designed for Chicago Public School students, grades K-6.  Reservations are needed.  Please call 312.670.6888 for reservations and more information.
 
CHICAGO EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tuesday, April 20BSunday, April 25
Various locations and admission
In six days of concerts, workshops, and lectures, the first Chicago Early Music Festival celebrates the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.  Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, this unprecedented collaboration amongst the City of Chicago and some of Chicago’s leading Early Music ensembles and organizations features Chicago Opera Theater, University of Chicago Presents, Baroque Band, International Music Foundation, the Newberry Consort and more in venues throughout the city.  For more information, visit www.ChicagoEarlyMusicFest.org or call the hotline at 312.742.1938.

The English Nightingale: Virtuoso Recorder Music from Renaissance to Romantic
Piers Adams, Recorders; Howard Beach, Harpsichord
Tuesday, April 20, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

A self-styled modern Pied Piper, British recorder virtuoso Piers Adams performs music spanning four centuries with duo-partner, harpsichordist Howard Beach.  The incredibly diverse program includes renaissance selections by Bassano and Van Eyck, tracing the development of the sonata through Castello, Corelli, and J.S. Bach before arriving at the 19th century with a set of variations by Ernst Kraehmer.

Being Dufay
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
The hauntingly beautiful Being Dufay combines early music with some of today’s most cutting-edge digital techniques in a lush, harmonic sound world. Sound artist Ambrose Field realizes his own score, a mesmerizing series of electronic soundscapes, with former Hilliard Ensemble tenor John Potter’s expressive rendition of vocal fragments by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay.


Dame Myra Hess Concert: A Musical Voyage: Baroque Music from Italy, Germany & France
Brandi Berry, baroque violin; Anna Steinhoff, baroque cello; Jason Moy, harpsichord
Wednesday, April 21, 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Embark on a journey through 18th century Italy, Germany, and France with violinist Brandi Berry, cellist Anna Steinhoff, and harpsichordist Jason Moy, in this program of violin sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and J.S. Bach, and an exquisite but rarely-heard chaconne of Jacques Morel.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians. Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

Ensemble Lipzodes: Shakespeare & the Bassano Family
Thursday, April 22, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Ensemble Lipzodes presents a program inspired by the relationship between Shakespeare and the Bassano family, and their trip to Venice together at the end of 1593.  Famous as performers and instrument makers for the royal courts and churches of English and Italy, the Bassanos are thought to have invented the dulcian family of instruments featured in this concert. The program includes sonnets about the Emilia Bassano, the “Dark Lady”, and quotations from The Merchant of Venice inspired by the Bassano family.


Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
Thursday, April 22, 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Harpsichordist and fortepianist Mitzi Meyerson returns to her native Chicago to present a recital of solo harpsichord music.  Meyerson is one of the world’s most highly regarded early keyboard specialists, with over 50 internationally-acclaimed recordings; a busy teaching schedule at the esteemed Universität der Künste in Berlin, where she is Professor of Harpsichord; and numerous concert engagements both as a solo artist and with her ensemble, The Bottom Line, which is dedicated to the performance of repertoire for bass and continuo instruments. 

Baroque Dance Performance: Paige Whitley-Bauguess with the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble
Friday, April 23, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world.  She is accompanied in this performance by the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, one of Chicago’s newest, rising-star period instrument ensembles founded by violinist Brandi Berry and oboist Curtis Foster.

Early Music Youth Concert
Saturday, April 24, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Showcasing the next generation of early music stars including performers from Northwestern University, DePaul University, Midwest Young Artists, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Sunday Salon Series: Fêtes Galantes
Trio Settecento
Sunday, April 25, 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento combines the virtuosic talents of  Rachel Barton Pine (violin), John Mark Rozendaal (viola da gamba/‘cello), and David Schrader (harpsichord/organ)in "… some of the most refreshing, life-enhancing Baroque playing heard in years" (Chicago Tribune).  Their French Baroque program includes festive music by Marais and Forqueray, virtuoso sonatas of Leclair and Rebel, one of Rameau’s Pieces de Clavecin en Concert, and a suite from Francois Couperin’s Concert Royaux.

DAME MYRA HESS CONCERT: Ivan Ilic, Piano
Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Ivan Ilic, piano, performs works to be announced.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians.Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM).

CHICAGO FOLKS OPERETTA: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 1pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Come see this exciting production of the classic Grimm’s fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  This rare children’s operetta was written in 1888 by Chicago composer George F. Root and his daughter Clara Burnham.  Featuring some of Chicago’s finest opera singers and the children of the Children’s Operetta Workshop (COW) of the Chicago Folks Operetta, this one hour and fifteen minute show will captivate young and old audiences alike with it’s lilting melodies, mischievous dwarfs and charming forest children.

SUNDAY SALON: Composer Perspectives, presented by Chicago Chamber Musicians
Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky joins the Chicago Chamber Musicians for the second installment of the Composer Perspectives series. This curated concert features Witold Lutoslawski’s intense Partita, Ravel’s sonically innovative Piano Trio in A minor, Debussy’s Violin Sonata, along with Stucky’s conversational Dialoghi for solo cello and his pop-influenced Piano Quartet.The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.


JAZZ, BLUES, AVANT-GARDE, and CABARET MUSIC DESCRIPTIONS
JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Eric Noden & Joe Filisko
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café

Eric Noden & Joe Filisko enliven the tradition of 1920s and 30s American roots and blues music with their guitar and harmonica.  Jazz, Blues & Beyond is LunchBreak’s Tuesday program featuring jazz, blues and gospel music.

NEW MILLENNIUM/NEW MUSIC CONCERT: Eric Vloeimans’ Fugimundi
Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 5:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans’ Trio Fugimundi performs acoustic jazz chamber music with the surprising Anton Goudsmit on guitar and rising star Harmen Fraanje on piano. Their broad repertoire includes contemporary jazz, hymns, world music, and even occasional standards, all of which is presented with warmth and wit.  The Chicago Cultural Center’s New Millennium/New Music series showcases avant-garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: James Falzone’s Allos Musica
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café

The work of composer and clarinetist James Falzone exists at the intersection of divergent streams.  Equally at home in classical, jazz, improvised, and various world music idioms, his career has garnered wide critical and peer respect for the way he traverses and connects these seemingly disparate paths. LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

NEW MILLENNIUM/NEW MUSIC CONCERT: Atomic
Monday, March 8, 2010, at 7 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, Scandinavian jazz band Atomic is taking their explosive blend of American and European jazz on tour with their new CD theater tilters Vol 1.  While making no secret of their admiration for leading American jazz musicians, they regard the American and European jazz traditions as an inspiration rather than a restriction, as a springboard to set their own direction and position within jazz music.  These diverse elements have inspired a musical style that is new, fresh, and original, winning audiences over wherever they play. The Chicago Cultural Center’s New Millennium/New Music series showcases avant-garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: The Jeff Chan Trio plus One
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café

Tenor saxophonist/composer Jeff Chan has been inspired by the work of African American creative musicians and the Asian American Creative Music movement. His goal is to perform music that reflects the inspiration that the masters of the art instill within their listeners while creating something personal, original, and relevant in the process. The Jeff Chan Trio plus One features Jimmy Ellis, Ed Wilkerson, and Jeff Chan (winds), plus Tatsu Aoki (bass).  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Specializing in rockabilly, hot jazz, western swing, classic blues and everything in between, this big little band is dedicated to performing traditional American music.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

NEW MILLENNIUM/NEW MUSIC CONCERT: Rova Saxophone Quartet
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 7 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and known around the world, the Rova Saxophone Quartet (Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, and Bruce Ackley) has opened new musical frontiers for more than 25 years through its vital blend of written compositions and improvisation.  The Rova Saxophone Quartet performs the Chicago 2010 installment of their “Art of the Improviser”, a recurring series that allows them to create unique events with improvising musicians from widely different musical backgrounds.

NEW MILLENNIUM/NEW MUSIC CONCERT: Who Cares How Long You Sink?
Monday, March 22, 2010, at 7 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

The Chicago Cultural Center’s New Millennium/New Music series showcases avant garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Dana Hall Quartet
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
With performances around the country, renowned Chicago-based drummer Dana Hall has brought his craft to new heights in the world of jazz.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Hanah Jon Taylor Artet
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café

The unique and lyrical persona of Hanah Jon Taylor’s flute, saxophones and wind synthesizer has warranted him as a true innovator of jazz improvisation.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Ava Logan Quartet
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Award winning singer-actress Ava Logan is a classically trained vocalist who has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in the U.S. and abroad.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Gebhard Ullmann Clarinet Trio
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café

Saxophonist, bass clarinetist, flutist, and composer Gebhard Ullmann is considered one of the leading jazz personalities in today’s Berlin and international scenes.  Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department and the Goethe Institute.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Matthew Skoller and Johnny Iguana
Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Rooted in the Chicago tradition while still being firmly planted in the present, harp blower Matthew Skoller and blues piano player Johnny Iguana perform their unique style of blues.  LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

JAZZ, BLUES & BEYOND TUESDAY: Ben Paterson Trio
Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Pianist Ben Paterson, along with Jake Vinsel and Jon Deitmyer, perform jazz from a modern perspective, while maintaining an emphasis on melodic improvisation and a groove firmly rooted in the Chicago tradition. LunchBreak’s Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday features jazz, blues, and gospel music.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALL-CITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 12 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
In partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools, the All-City Jazz Ensemble entertains jazz lovers across Chicago throughout the year.  Not only are their concerts fun and challenging work for the students, but also an opportunity for the public to witness the next generation of jazz musicians.  They perform a variety of music including standards, modern arrangements of Afro-Cuban, World Music, and Funk.  The All-City Jazz Ensemble is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the McDougal Foundation, and the Oppenheimer Foundation.
 
NEW MILLENNIUM/NEW MUSIC CONCERT: Barbez
Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 2 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
With members whose backgrounds encompass jazz, classical, and rock, Barbez takes its inspiration from a wide breadth of world music to produce a unique sound.  The group has been a constant, vibrant part of the New York music scene with frequent tours across the U.S. and Europe.  This concert will feature their special project, Force of Light, an homage to Holocaust survivor and poet Paul Celan.  The Chicago Cultural Center’s New Millennium/New Music series showcases avant-garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians.

WORLD, FOLK, ROCK, and ELECTRONICA MUSIC DESCRIPTIONS
MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS FRIDAY: Orquesta Chekara Andalusi Tetuán
Friday, February 19, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Orquesta Chekara Andalusi Tetuán combines the unique sounds of Arabo-Andalusian music with Flamenco.  LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Fridays feature music styles from around the world.

MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS FRIDAY: Eve & George Lawler
Friday, February 26, 2010, at 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Café
Dulcimer and percussion duo Eve and George Lawler perform Greek, Jewish and Mediterranean folk music.  LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Fridays feature music styles from around the world.

CHICAGO UNDER THE DOME: Singing In The Abbey with guest artist Brandon Cooper
Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Singing in the Abbey is a hauntingly beautiful auditory experience. Annie Higgins (piano/vocals), Diana Knight (upright bass), Donna Miller (cello), and Katie Cooper (violin/background vocals) use strings, piano, and eerily beautiful vocals to create a unique sound.

CHICAGO UNDER THE DOME: The Horse’s Ha with guest artists
Thursday, April 8, 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
With deep Chicago roots, The Horse’s Ha, formed in 2002 by James Elkington and Janet Bean, joined forces with stellar Chicago musicians Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri and Charles Rumback to create a sophisticated and compelling musical hybrid between jazz and folk.  Their sound is infused with echoes of the English folk revival that morph into lulling Bossa Nova rhythms and find their way right back to pure pop, giving the Horse’s Ha a uniquely enduring edge.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MUSICIANS AT WORK FORUM: Touring Tips for Finding and Booking Gigs
Monday, February 22, 2010, 6-7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor Washington Room
A panel discussion with music professionals.  Co-presented with the Chicago Music Commission.

MUSICIANS AT WORK FORUM: Topic to be announced
Monday, March 15, 2010, 6-7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor Washington Room
Panel discussion. Details coming soon.  Co-presented with the Chicago Music Commission.

MUSICIANS AT WORK FORUM: 7-11 with Martin Atkins and Friends
Monday, May 10, 2010, 6-7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Join artists and experts for a discussion of best practices for Chicago’s musicians.  Panel details and participants coming soon.  Co-presented with the Chicago Music Commission.
 

More info? Visit our Chicago friends.

www.chicagoculturalcenter.org
www.chicagoartistsresource.org

www.cityofchicago.org/culturalaffairs

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