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Mon 3 Aug

Carillonneur Francis Crépin

Carillon

Francis Crépin
Monday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Francis Crépin

Francis Crépin studied piano with Odette Ranfaing in Saint-Quentin. At the National Carillon School in Douai (France), he attended the classes of Jacques Lannoy. Now he studies with Koen Cosaert at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He was appointed the municipal carillonneur of Saint-Quentin Town Hall in September 1999. In the conservatory of Saint-Quentin, his musical studies included organ, singing (first prize), jazz, trumpet, and string-bass. He has composed and arranged many pieces for different types of repertoires and instrumentations, including carillon, harmony bands, and brass ensembles. He has given numerous concerts in countries including France, Spain, and Belgium. Crépin is secretary of the Guild of Carillonneurs of France.

Tue 4 Aug

Highland Park Strings Trio

Highland Park Strings Trio

Tuesday, August 4
10 – 11 a.m.

Members of the The Highland Park Strings Trio are musicians from the Highland Park Strings, which just completed its celebratory 35th season. The Trio (violin, viola, and cello) performs a program entitled “The Magic Carpet,” consisting of short light classical pieces from around the world—including Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Ireland. It is a real crowd pleaser!

Tue 4 Aug

Saturday June Band
Classic Rock ’n’ Roll

Saturday June Band

Tuesday, August 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday June Band is one of the top acts in the Midwest, with a long list of credentials. They have performed at places including Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Arlington Racetrack, Ravinia Festival, and many more. They have also performed for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. They have shared the bill with such luminaries as the Beach Boys, Rare Earth, the English Beat, the Smithereens, and more. Saturday June plays an eclectic mix of music ranging from the 60s and the 70s right through up to today's hits. They engage the crowd and even frequently invite local children to join the band on stage for a song, passing out shakers and tambourines to all. The five-piece band features vocalist Jami Dawn and an intricate array of harmonies.

Wed 5 Aug

The Exceptionals *A concert to accommodate children with sensory differences

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, June 17 and August 5
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music presents “Grow, Worm, Grow! A Sensory Celebration Concert for All!” Experiencing live music lights up the entire brain and opens communication in ways that words alone cannot. In this interactive concert, Old Town School of Folk Music faculty create a multisensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered on the theme of growth and performed by teaching artists experienced and trained in the field of special education, the concert creates a safe, celebratory space for children with diverse abilities and the people who love them. Children are encouraged to engage how they wish, in their own way, when they are ready. Come celebrate your child’s sense of self and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families!

The Exceptionals invite families to bring along a small blanket for the little ones to wrap up in as we play make-believe with sprouting plants!

Thu 6 Aug

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, August 6
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for more than 15 years. The quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, festivals, and clubs. Knauf and members of the quartet have performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in music. The quartet draws from a diverse repertoire of some of the most well-known swing, Latin, and standards from some of America's finest composers of all time for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Mon 10 Aug

Carillonneur Jonathan Hebert

Carillon

Jonathan Hebert
Monday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jonathan Hebert

Jonathan Hebert, from Beaver Bank in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a graduate of the University of Ottawa School of Music, where, in 2008, he received a bachelor of music degree in music education, studying piano with Andrew Tunis. He began his carillon studies in 2009 while working as a summer intern with the dominion carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady. In 2013, he attended his first Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he passed the carillonneur exam. He is now a carillonneur member of the Guild. He currently works as an Information and Research Technician at the Library of Parliament and performs regularly on the Peace Tower Carillon. In his spare time, Hebert enjoys travelling, golfing, and watching Canadian sports like hockey and curling.

Tue 11 Aug

Tom Stevens

Tom Stevens

Tuesday, August 11
10 – 11 a.m.

Pianist/composer Thomas Winthrop Stevens has been presenting his attractive synthesis of classical tradition and contemporary sensibility to Chicago-area audiences for more than 30 years. His music has been heard in concerts, nightclubs, and coffeehouses throughout the area and on radio broadcasts throughout the United States and the Netherlands.

 

Tue 11 Aug

Fernandez & Kimball
Spanish Guitar

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, August 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Hector & Mari Fernandez, along with Tom Kimball, have shared a love of Spanish guitar since the early 1990s. Over the years, they have transformed many styles of music into a vast Spanish guitar repertoire. They have traveled to places including Spain, Italy, Cuba, California, and New York, where they have studied and performed with world-renowned artists. Their repertoire includes flamenco, classical, bossa nova, Latin American standards, and smooth jazz standards.

Wed 12 Aug

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

PHOTO: Laura Doherty

Wednesday, August 12
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Nominated “best Chicago kids act” in Time Out Chicago, Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats bring their live show to the Chicago Botanic Garden, performing favorites from Doherty's three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs, chock full of tunes that acoustically rock your kid's world with a signature breezy folk-pop sound. Of her latest CD “In a Heartbeat,” Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (guest drummer on the CD) says, “Laura's music is full of beauty and fun for the whole family.” Doherty's classic “Hot Dog” song and “El Train” song are fan-favorite hits delivered Chicago style, with groovy riffs and catchy lyrics.

Thu 13 Aug

Bopology Chicago Swing Band

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 13
6 – 8 p.m.

This band brings the uniquely American genres of swing and jazz to life. With a level of professional musicianship that offers both the appreciative listener and the avid dancer a solid swingin’ groove, Bopology Chicago Swing Band prides itself on maintaining the authenticity of this music. Rather than cover a song note for note, the improvisation within a song enables individual musicians to showcase their unique talents to capitalize on Bopology’s more than 100 years of combined musical experience.

Mon 17 Aug

Carillonneur Tim Sleep

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Tim Sleep
Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep was appointed Naperville city carillonneur in 2007; he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He is an instructor for the North American Carillon School. Sleep is in his second term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), having previously served as its vice president. He is a board member and secretary of the Millennium Carillon Foundation in Naperville.

He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, becoming a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville and a master of science in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A retired band director and middle school principal, he is a long-time church musician, currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Tue 18 Aug

Tony Do Rosario

Tony Do Rosario

Tuesday, August 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Tony Do Rosario has performed at major jazz clubs nationwide including New York’s Birdland and the Baked Potato in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles Times jazz critic described him as “... a hard-core traditionalist, solidly tapped into his roots in the styles of guitarists such as Jim Hall and Joe Pass.” In Chicago, he has headlined at the Jazz Showcase and Pops for Champagne, and he teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music. His CDs include “The Welcoming” on Philadelphia’s independent jazz label Dreambox Media, and “New Beginnings” on the jazz record label Chicago Sessions.

 

Tue 18 Aug

Callaloo
Latin/Caribbean

Callaloo

Tuesday, August 18
6 - 8 p.m.

Callaloo is the best world-fusion steel pan group performing original compositions in Chicago.  Scott Johnson, group cofounder and composer/arranger, began writing music for Callaloo that was built on strong, sophisticated Latin/Caribbean rhythms. He recently began exploring and incorporating other styles, that, when fused, have proven to deliver a powerful musical experience.

The percussion-based group employs an amalgam of instruments—steel pan, marimba, ethnic percussion, drum set, nylon string guitar, electric, and acoustic bass—while combining composed, orchestrated parts with improvisation.

Wed 19 Aug

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Wednesday, August 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Part of being a kid in Chicago is rocking out with kindie-folk icon Mr. Singer.”- Red Tricycle online city guide.

Mr. Singer’s dynamic shows include everything from a cappella sing-alongs to hopping’ dance parties to full throttle rockers. Voted “One of Chicago’s Most Influential Kids’ Musicians” by Time Out Chicago Kids, called “a hit” by the Chicago Sun-Times, and “way cool,” by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies bring the whole family together for a memorable musical experience. Imagine: June and Johnny Cash playing the Clash at a carnival.

Thu 20 Aug

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Thursday, August 20
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba's sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, and American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Mon 24 Aug

Carillonneur Wylie Crawford

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Wylie Crawford
Monday, August 24, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford is the university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, a position he has held since 1984. Since 1986, he has been the resident carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. He was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois.

Crawford has an undergraduate degree in physics and a graduate degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. He initiated the first regular carillon instruction programs at four Chicago-area carillons. He is also president of the World Carillon Federation, a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Previously, Mr. Crawford had served as treasurer.

He became a certified carillonneur in 1977 through the Guild of Carillonneurs. He has given carillon recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.

Tue 25 Aug

Martha Gay

Martha Gay

Tuesday, August 25
10 – 11 a.m.

Martha Gay has been a performing harpist for more than 30 years and has been a member of the musical group Cantiga since 1986. In 1991, she and the other members of Cantiga formed the New World Renaissance Band with troubadour Owain Phyfe. Gay plays Irish airs, Renaissance dance music, and medieval melodies, particularly the thirteenth-century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

In 2010, Gay walked 500 miles through France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, performing medieval harp concerts along the way. She has recorded almost a dozen CDs with Cantiga and the New World Renaissance Band.

Tue 25 Aug

Nia Quintet
Jazz

Nia Quintet

Tuesday, August 25
6 – 8 p.m.

Led by trumpeter/composer Scott Anderson, the Nia Quintet blends musicians of the highest caliber to present a showcase of melodic interaction and improvisation. The first of their two albums, End of Time, released on Blujazz Records, received rave reviews from national publications. Their second album Earth Sign also received rave reviews and was the catalyst for their newest endeavor, moving the group’s direction into different territories and adding the newest members of the group Paul Mutzabaugh and Jon Deitemyer. Look for their newest recording on Origins Records, coming soon, that will feature a new twist on a group of musicians looking to expand their musical horizons.

Wed 26 Aug

Duke Otherwise

PHOTO: Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With his outrageously clever tunes, Duke Otherwise is a children's musician unlike any you've heard before. The Duke won't sing about wheels on a bus unless they're flat, square, or coming off. He will instead sing about love-struck third-graders, a multicultural bowling team, or a forlorn king of the jungle.

Thu 27 Aug

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, August 27
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha fills the air with the tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil that delight your musical senses for listening and dancing. Their newest CD, This Is the Life, has been received with glowing reviews and enthusiastic live audience response—especially as performers at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival.  This Is the Life, which is filled with beautifully crafted originals and unique treatments of standards, has gained national FM radio airplay. This Is the Life is the result of true musical synergy, a blending of multicultural musical backgrounds, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and American jazz.

Mon 31 Aug

Carillonneur Jim Fackenthal

Carillon

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, August 31, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim_Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal, Ph.D., is the associate carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as a cancer researcher. Dr. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later, became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He has a bachelor's degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors.

Tue 1 Sep

The Silverwood Duo

The Silverwood Duo

Tuesday, September 1
10 – 11 a.m.

Kim Fleuchaus has been heard on commercials, radio, stage, film, and CD recordings. As a symphony musician, she has performed with many orchestras, including the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Elgin, Rockford, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras, the South Carolina and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cube Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles and orchestras. She holds music degrees from Northwestern and Bethel Universities, and has performed at both the Kennedy Center and the White House. She is a founding member of the Sapphire Winds Woodwind Quintet and performs in numerous other chamber ensembles. An active freelance musician, she performs throughout the United States and Canada on the flute and the Egyptian nay. In addition to teaching at Trinity Christian College, she is the Flute Choir Director for School District 219 and maintains private teaching studios in Niles and Lincolnshire.

In addition to teaching at Dominican University, Bob Sherman serves as chairman of the guitar department at the Merit School of Music. He also teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music as well as at his private teaching studio in Oak Park. Prior teaching engagements include the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Sherwood Conservatory at Columbia College, and Brookline Music School. He studied guitar and jazz at Indiana University with Ernesto Bitetti, Luis Zea, David Baker, and Pat Harbison. He's honored to have shared the studio and stage with many wonderful musicians and continues to perform as a soloist and in various ensembles in the Chicago area. He lives with his wife and three children in Oak Park.

Tue 1 Sep

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, September 1
6 – 8 p.m.

Premier Big Band vocalist Kimberly Gordon, with the Kimberly Gordon Big Band, will take you back in time and leave you wanting more. Covering classic Duke Ellington and Count Basie hits, the Big Band will get you ready to dance the night away!

Wed 2 Sep

Zak Morgan

PHOTO: Zak Morgan

Wednesday, September 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With a background in children’s literature plus a Grammy nomination for his kids’ songs, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his live performances. His exuberant celebration of wordplay and humorous storytelling are all typical of Morgan’s songwriting. He aims to inspire his listeners to enjoy learning for its own sake while providing nonstop entertainment via catchy music and lyrics that make all ages hoot with delight.

“He displays a passion for creating music that treats children as intelligent and creative beings capable of relating to, and engaging in, songs that raise the bar in their thinking. His wordplay is wonderful; he approaches each song as a separate musical adventure.”—Chicago Parent

Thu 3 Sep

The Hoyle Brothers

The Hoyle Brothers

Thursday, September 3
6 - 8 p.m.

The Hoyle Brothers have been called the “ambassadors of real country music” by the Chicago Tribune. The five-piece band has held a 12-year Friday happy hour residency at the Empty Bottle, a weekly event that brings dancers and honky-tonkers of all ages together for two hours of boot-scootin’ good times. The Hoyle Brothers dutifully draw from country music’s richest traditions to provide a memorable and musically skilled good time, every time.

Mon 7 Sep

Carillonneur Mark Lee

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Mark Lee
Monday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Mark Lee

Mark Lee is certified as a carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and performs regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. He has served on the Guild’s Examination committee and as co-editor of the Guild’s newsletter Carillon News.

Lee is music director at St. Bonaventure Oratory in Chicago and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois, and choir director at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, Illinois. He maintains an active teaching studio in Chicago, and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Toronto, Ontario.

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