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Music Schedule

Music Schedule

Tue 14 Feb

Orpheus Duo

Orpheus Duo

Tuesday, February 14
10 – 11 a.m.

Orpheus Duo is a Chicago-based flute and harp ensemble specializing in eclectic and exciting original arrangements of jazz, Latin American, classical, and modern music. Rachel Blumenthal is principal flutist of the Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan and second flutist of the Des Moines Symphony in Iowa. Her recent credits also include guest performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Philharmonic. Michael Maganuco currently performs as principal harpist of Evanston Symphony, Dubuque Symphony in Iowa, Light Opera Works Orchestra, and Lakeview Orchestra; and as resident harpist at DePaul University School of Music and substitute harpist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Thu 16 Feb

Kerry Leung

Kerry Leung

Thursday, February 16
10 – 11 a.m.

Kerry Leung is a Chinese multi-instrumentalist who began his musical studies at the age of 12 in China. He is a member of the Chinese Music Society of North America who has been called “the Chinese One-Man Band” in Chicago. Some of his performances in the United States include: pipa and bamboo flute in Yellow River Concerto with the Peoria Symphony; pipa in Magic Jade Flute recording in “Sound from the Vault” at the Field Museum; erhu and flute with the Silk & Bamboo Ensemble at the Ravinia Festival.

Tue 21 Feb

David Chiriboga

David Chiriboga

Tuesday, February 21
10 – 11 a.m.

David Chiriboga, a musician of Ecuadorian descent, was born and raised in Chicago. Chiriboga’s style is based in flamenco and Spanish classical guitar. You can see him perform all around the Chicago area as a soloist and with his full Flamenco Cuadro group. At this performance, David will be accompanying a flamenco dancer!

Thu 23 Feb

Black Oak Ensemble

Black Oak Ensemble

Thursday, February 23
10 – 11 a.m.

Join Black Oak Ensemble on an exciting and eclectic musical journey from the baroque period to the present with the Black Oak’s arrangements of ethnic tunes and beloved melodies of the past.

"This unique 'string' ensemble delivers with great musicianship and sophistication music that is lyrically and rhythmically passionate, blending and contrasting traditional and classical music from a variety of cultures and times, thus blurring lines between music genres and eras while delivering a unique and captivating sound that thrills the audience." Luciano Pedota, Ravinia Festival Reach*Teach*Play Education Programs

Tue 28 Feb

Glencoe Academy of Music;
Spanish guitar duo

Glencoe Academy of Music

Tuesday, February 28
10 – 11 a.m.

The Glencoe Academy of Music is happy to continue its outreach program and share its world-class faculty with the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Glencoe Academy of Music believes that the understanding and practice of music enriches life. It is our mission to conserve the tradition and culture of the past and present through music and expose the community to music through instruction and community concerts. The Glencoe Academy of Music is committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Our nurturing and encouraging environment promotes growth in each student by meeting students’ individual learning needs. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-competitive performance opportunities.

Thu 2 Mar

Jim Kendros

Jim Kendros

Thursday, March 2
10 - 11 a.m.

Jim Kendros is a composer, lecturer, music historian, researcher, and author. He specializes in performing on rare historic string instruments and giving concerts of his original piano music. As Kendros says, “Hearing timeless favorites on these wonderful rare string instruments is like rediscovering an old friend in a new way!” His performances include insightful background information about instruments and about the classical, folk, and original compositions he performs. Kendros is the composer fellow and preconcert lecturer of the Northbrook Symphony and is the resident music historian and preconcert lecturer of the Lake Forest Symphony.

Tue 7 Mar

Lapis Trio

Lapis Trio

Tuesday, March 7
10 – 11 a.m.

Lapis Trio’s unique instrumentation of classical guitar (Casey Nielsen), upright bass (Dan Thatcher), and percussion (Tim Mulvenna), provides a richly dynamic acoustic setting. While growing up in Illinois, Casey Nielsen began studying classical guitar with Roosevelt University professor Paul Henry and then jazz with Chicago jazz guitarist Neal Alger. Nielsen attended Northern Illinois University where he received his bachelor's degree in jazz studies. At NIU, he studied jazz and classical guitar extensively with internationally renowned guitarist Fareed Haque. After college, he enjoyed studying with internationally renowned guitarist Denis Azabagic. In addition to work as a sideman and bandleader on Chicago’s jazz scene, Nielsen has given solo and chamber music concerts as a classical guitarist throughout the Midwest. His diverse musical interests converge in Lapis Trio, whose performances features his original music.

Thu 9 Mar

HPHS Jazz Band

Morning Music with the Orchids

Thursday, March 9
10 – 11 a.m.

The Highland Park High School Jazz Combo is one of three jazz ensembles at HPHS. This group is open to students in grades 9 to 12, and emphasizes the art of improvisation in a collaborative setting. The Jazz Combo performs at many different school and community concerts, functions, and events. They are proud to represent their school and community.

Tue 14 Mar

Healing Earth Native American Flute Circle

Healing Earth Flute Circle

Tuesday, March 14
10 – 11 a.m.

The Healing Earth Native American flute circle has been in existence since the mid-1990s, and currently has a roster of more than fifty instrumentalists. It is a teaching flute circle, which means that all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to learn and grow with the instrument.

Thu 16 Mar

Glencoe Academy of Music;
Nate Lepine Jazz trio

Glencoe Academy of Music; Nate Lepine Jazz trio

Thursday, March 16
10 – 11 a.m.

The Glencoe Academy of Music is happy to continue its outreach program and share its world-class faculty with the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Glencoe Academy of Music believes that the understanding and practice of music enriches life. It is our mission to conserve the tradition and culture of the past and present through music and expose the community to music through instruction and community concerts. The Glencoe Academy of Music is committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Our nurturing and encouraging environment promotes growth in each student by meeting students’ individual learning needs. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-competitive performance opportunities.

Tue 21 Mar

The Silverwood Duo

The Silverwood Duo

Tuesday, March 21
10 – 11 a.m.

Award-winning concert flutist Kim Fluechaus and internationally performing guitarist Julie Goldberg blend the fiery music of Latin and South American composers with the sophisticated counterpoint and lyrical compositions of the baroque era in a program entitled Baroque, Brazil, and Beyond. Fluechaus and Goldberg began their duo while pursuing graduate degrees at Northwestern University. Each has gone on to earn critical acclaim as soloist and chamber musician, and both are pleased to reunite for this performance at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

An active freelance musician, Kim Fluechaus performs throughout the United States and Canada on the flute and the Egyptian nay. Named guitarist of the year by Classical Guitar Alive, Julie Goldberg is the first guitarist to receive a doctorate in music performance from Northwestern University, and holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Thu 23 Mar

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

Thursday, March 23
10 – 11 a.m.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is the Midwest’s largest full-curriculum, nonprofit, youth-music ensemble program. MYAC’s chamber music and choral programs include three chamber orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles and five choral ensembles, along with early childhood music and movement classes, and music history, theory, and composition classes. Jazz at MYAC includes three big bands and seven combos, conducted by highly regarded professional jazz musicians. MYAC’s rehearsal facility is a former Army stockade at Fort Sheridan, built in 1890 and renovated in 1994 for MYAC.

Mon 5 Jun

Carillonneur Frans Haagen

Carillon Concert

Frans Haagen
Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Frans Haagen

Frans Haagen studied at the Netherlands Carillon School with Bernard Winsemius and Arie Abbenes, earning the diploma of performing artist. He is the city carillonneur for Kampen, Almelo, and Rijssen, in the Netherlands. He also serves as director and professor of carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School’s faculty of music. As a concert carillonneur, he has performed at international festivals in Magdeburg (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria), Douai and Chambéry (France), Gdańsk (Poland), Ghent (Belgium), Oslo (Norway), Barcelona (Spain), and Springfield, Illinois. He recently performed in Taejon (South Korea) and the United States.

Tue 6 Jun

Music Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, June 6
10 - 11 a.m.

The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. More than 100 students, including string duos, piano trios, string quartets, and quintets, participate in the MIC chamber music program.

Tue 6 Jun

Cowboy Jukebox

Cowboy Jukebox

Tuesday, June 6
6 – 8 p.m.

Straight out of the Windy City, these five country-at-heart musicians form Cowboy Jukebox. From Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jukebox shoots country music straight and true. If you are ready for a night of fun, the dudes and the darlin’ of Cowboy Jukebox have you covered with their spot-on performance.

Wed 7 Jun

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Wednesday, June 7
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Planting seeds through song, Miss Jamie and her Farmhand friends take the kids on a musical adventure to her “farm,” where they learn values like hard work, exercise, and being kind to animals and each other. The catchy tunes both new and familiar will have parents and kids alike stompin’ their boots and hollerin’ for more fruits and veggies!

Thu 8 Jun

Pia and Jimmy

Pia and Jimmy

Thursday, June 8
6 – 8 p.m.

Pia and Jimmy write from the heart. Their sound has been described as flower-power-pop. Original themes range from a WWI soldier’s thoughts of home to a single pioneer mother in the 1700s. With a cinematic and ethereal mood, they tell stories with melodies that will transport you to the 1960s and beyond. Expect positive vibes and memorable tunes.

Mon 12 Jun

Carillonneur Jim Fackenthal

Carillon

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Jim Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal has worked for many years at the University of Chicago as a cancer researcher and also served as associate university carillonneur. 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 currently 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 holds 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, has served as a juror on the GCNA Examination Committee and is the former co-editor of the GCNA publication Carillon News.

Tue 13 Jun

Glencoe Academy of Music
Guitar Duo

GAM Guitar Duo

Tuesday, June 13
10 – 11 a.m.

The Glencoe Academy of Music (GAM) is happy to continue its outreach program and share its world-class faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Glencoe Academy of Music believes that the understanding and practice of music enriches life. It is our mission to conserve the tradition and culture of the past and present through music and expose the community to music through instruction and community concerts. The Glencoe Academy of Music is committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Our nurturing and encouraging environment promotes growth in each student by meeting students’ individual learning needs. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-competitive performance opportunities.

Tue 13 Jun

Rosie and the Rivets

Rosie and the Rivets

Tuesday, June 13
6 – 8 p.m.

Rosie & the Rivets perform the best music of the 1950s and 1960s along with some current hits with a retro twist. You'll hear your favorite rock and roll, girl group, rockabilly, British invasion, surf, and soul authentically and expertly performed by professional entertainers. Featuring powerhouse vocals, skillful musicianship, tight harmonies, and impressive showmanship, Rosie & the Rivets evoke the excitement, energy, and vibe of the founders of rock and roll. This is not your typical oldies band—this is a high-octane show you don't want to miss.

Wed 14 Jun

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann

Wednesday, June 14
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Families will love the unique live music of the Little Miss Ann Band. Little Miss Ann is an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music and a former Chicago Public School teacher. Time Out Chicago calls her "one of the best things to happen to Chicago kids." Little Miss Ann and her band perform songs from her four kids’ CDs, which are a mix of folk-rock music, traditional and new songs, filled with rich vocals and simple instrumentation. Her last album, Follow Me, was featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.

Thu 15 Jun

Planeta Azul

Planeta Azul

Thursday, June 15
6 – 8 p.m.

Planeta Azul is an artistically rich group of Brazilian musicians complimented by our lovely samba dancers, Passistas. This diverse group specializes in all forms of Brazilian music: samba, batucada, Brazilian percussion, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, samba reggae, and MPB, to name a few. Planeta Azul is comprised of some of the most highly regarded musicians in the Chicago music scene including Luciano Antonio, Fabio de Moraes, Jack Zara, Heitor Garcia, and Geraldo De Oliveira. Each artist is a master of his respective craft. Together, we bring the splendor of Brazilian music and dance to every event, celebrating the beauty of sound, movement, and culture.

Mon 19 Jun

Carillonneur Katherine I. Zhou

Carillon Concert

Katherine I. Zhou
Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Katherine Zhou

Katherine Zhou is from Chicago. She took her first music lesson at age four. In the following years, she learned to play the piano, violin, and classical guitar, and she continued to take lessons in these instruments until the end of high school. Katherine first heard about the carillon when she arrived at Yale as a college freshman. She learned to play the carillon from her fellow Yalie Joey Brink. After becoming a member of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, she took lessons with carillonneur and Yale Guild mentor Ellen Dickinson. Zhou took the carillonneur examination and became a full member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America in 2012. She graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Since then, Zhou has been a student in the medical scientist training program at the University of Chicago, where she is currently studying RNA modifications and RNA binding proteins in the laboratory of Professor Tao Pan. She is fortunate to live in Chicago, where she has the opportunity to listen to and play several wonderful carillons.

Tue 20 Jun

Glencoe Academy of Music
Nate Lepine Trio

GAM Nate Lepine Trio

Tuesday, June 20
10 – 11 a.m.

The Glencoe Academy of Music (GAM) is happy to continue its outreach program and share its world-class faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Glencoe Academy of Music believes that the understanding and practice of music enriches life. It is our mission to conserve the tradition and culture of the past and present through music and expose the community to music through instruction and community concerts. The Glencoe Academy of Music is committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Our nurturing and encouraging environment promotes growth in each student by meeting students’ individual learning needs. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-competitive performance opportunities.

Tue 20 Jun

Carpacho

Carpacho

Tuesday, June 20
6 – 8 p.m.

Carpacho and his super combo started in 1986 with the main idea of integrating the band with musicians from various countries. The objective was to demonstrate the typical sound of music of each Latin American country. The band welcomes musicians from the United States, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador to join the leader, who is from Medellin, Colombia.

Wed 21 Jun

Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam!

Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam!

Wednesday, June 21
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jodi Koplin is a children’s performer who has been dazzling young audiences in the Chicago area for the last two decades. She and the Jigglejam Band have been dubbed one of "the hottest Kids’ Bands to hit Chicago." Jodi Koplin draws her inspiration from the unique perspective of the young children that surround her. Her music covers a wide range of styles, including rock & roll, calypso, boogie, and blues. Her two CDs, Kangarooster and Jumpin’ Bean, have been widely praised and are filled with sing-along songs that are sure to become favorites in your home! Look for her new CD, Shake, Rattle & Squirm, to be released in 2017.

Thu 22 Jun

Summer Son

Summer Son

Thursday, June 22
6 – 8 p.m.

This high-energy country/folk/electro-bluegrass band brings the party in true Nashville fashion each and every time. Summer Son features outstanding musicians from every corner of the country. With strong vocals, a rock-solid rhythm section, four-part harmony, face-melting guitar solos, and smoking fiddle and banjo licks, Summer Son has gained attention quickly. The band began in 2014 in the western suburbs of Chicago. They have performed in the Chicago area, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, and Nashville, as well as in shows and festivals like Country Thunder, the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, the Forest Park Music Fest, Palatine’s Hometown Fest & Street Fest, and the NASCAR Sprint Series.

Mon 26 Jun

Carillonneur Tim Sleep

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Tim Sleep
Monday, June 26, 7 p.m.

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep was appointed the city carillonneur for Naperville, Illinois, in 2007, where he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon. He has performed carillon recitals at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and at guest recitals throughout the country. He is also an instructor for the North American Carillon School. Sleep is in his fourth term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), having previously served as its corresponding secretary and then vice president. He has performed new music recitals at various GCNA congresses. 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 holds 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 long-time church musician currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Tue 27 Jun

Highland Park Strings

Highland Park Strings

Tuesday, June 27
10 – 11 a.m.

The Highland Park Strings Trio is comprised of members of the Highland Park Strings, now celebrating its 38th season. The trio (violin, viola, and cello) performs a program entitled "The Magic Carpet" that consists of short, light, classical pieces from around the world—including Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece, Ireland, and more. It is real crowd pleaser, especially amid the beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Tue 27 Jun

Bopology

Bopology

Tuesday, June 27
6 – 8 p.m.

Bopology brings 1940s jump-swing music into the now. From the swingin' '40s to the 21st century, that easily-identifiable feeling called swing is made even more appealing by Bopology, a renowned band from Chicago, Illinois. This multitalented, six-piece band’s history speaks for itself. Established in 1992, they feature a Duke Ellington sound with the vocal style of the Rat Pack, performed by able musicians with a clean sound. Bopology was playing swing before swing was cool.

Wed 28 Jun

Super Stolie and the Rockstars

Super Stolie and the Rockstars

Wednesday, June 28
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Super Stolie and the Rockstars have been rockin’ the party since 2007. Performing all original music for kids from three albums, Super Stolie will be sure these songs get stuck in your head, make you laugh out loud, and get you jumpin' and dancin’ to the beats! You’ll hear a span of genres of music, see lots of instruments, and maybe even learn a thing or two. This is a captivating show that will engage kids of all ages and provide interactive fun and smiles for the whole family.

Thu 29 Jun

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, June 29
6 – 8 p.m.

El Payo is a contemporary flamenco group that offers a blend of traditional and modern flamenco music. Along with the music, flamenco dancers will also be performing and teaching the audience a few steps.

Mon 3 Jul

Carillonneur Mark Lee

Carillon Concert

Mark Lee
Monday, July 3, 7 p.m.

Mark Lee

Mark Lee is music director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois, and St. Bonaventure Oratory in Chicago. He holds a master of music degree in piano performance from American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Lee is certified as a Carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has served on the Guild’s examination committee and as co-editor of the Guild’s newsletter Carillon News.

Tue 4 Jul

Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge

Tuesday, July 4
10 – 11 a.m.

Common Knowledge is a Chicago-based harp and guitar duo. Harpist Michael Maganuco and guitarist Alex Sokol have created unique and sophisticated musical environments for concerts and private events at venues across Chicago and the North Shore, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Michigan Shores Club, Salvage One, and Venue SIX10. Their diverse musical style seamlessly blends traditional jazz, Brazilian, classical, and popular contemporary.

Tue 4 Jul

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Tuesday, July 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Nine Worlds Ensemble presents a new approach to chamber music. With influences in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and more, Nine Worlds brings a diverse approach to music that enhances their impact on audiences of all kinds. Created by percussionist/composer Thor Bremer, Nine Worlds offers both unique instrumentation and compositional style. Their instrumentation is: marimba, violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and piano. Equally comfortable in the concert hall, club, or living room, Nine Worlds seeks to connect with their audience in a new, more personal way.

Wed 5 Jul

The Exceptionals*
(a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences) All children welcome

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday, August 9
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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 multi-sensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered around 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, growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Thu 6 Jul

Shamrock Ragsters

Shamrock Ragsters

Thursday, July 6
6 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy the fun and energy of the Shamrock Ragsters, a quartet of top musicians from the Chicago area who perform a mix of traditional Irish/celtic, bluegrass, and Dixieland jazz. They sing and play a variety of instruments that include banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone.

Mon 10 Jul

Carillonneur Hunter Chase

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Hunter Chase
Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Hunter Chase

Hunter Chase studied the carillon as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, first under Oliver McDonald and later with Jim Fackenthal. For three years, he served as president of the Guild of Student Carillonneurs at the University of Chicago, a student organization dedicated to instruction and promotion of the carillon. He continues to play regularly at the University of Chicago. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois-Chicago studying model theory.

Tue 11 Jul

Midwest Young Artists Chamber

Midwest Young Artists Chamber

Tuesdays, July 11 & 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is the Midwest’s most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble program, with six orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, five choral ensembles, three jazz big bands, seven jazz combos, early childhood music and movement classes, and music history, theory, and composition classes. MYAC’s mission is to create a musical home for our students, where they grow with their peers in a challenging, friendly, and fun environment. Our student musicians have the opportunity to perform in major venues throughout Chicago and around the world, and MYAC graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges worldwide.

Tue 11 Jul

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Tuesday, July 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Since 2005, Second Time Around has entertained a wide variety of audiences with a total live classic rock experience. The group delivers a show that takes you back to the age of the musical revolution, delivering killer harmonies and authentic instrumentation covering the songs you know and love from Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, Yes, Boston, Styx, the Rolling Stones, and many more. Second Time Around has played the Midwest’s top summer festivals and area casinos, opening for acts such as the Gin Blossoms, Jim Peterik, Bad Company, and others. Today, as they did some 40 years ago, people listened to and enjoyed this classic rock music era. Time has passed but has not faded the ageless music that Second Time Around keeps alive. This is a show you do not want to miss.

Wed 12 Jul

Electric Neil & the Electroleits

Electric Neil & the Electroleits

Wednesday, July 12
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Electric Neil (AKA Mr. Singer) leads Chicago’s most energetic band that rocks for kids—at the zoo, at museums, at nightclubs (and dayclubs) and anywhere else that families with young children like to rock out together. The songs are clever originals augmented by some punky favorites all amplified by a bigger-than-life performer and his band mates, always including sparkling singer Kerry Appleberry and dynamo drummer Mikee-Mo. Sometimes they bring in a few friends for an even larger sound. Each show has its own surprises, from puppets to painting, to a suitcase full of instruments. And it’s hard to find more fun than a five-year-old rocking out and dancing away alongside parents and other grown-ups.

Thu 13 Jul

R-Gang

R-Gang

Thursday, July 13
6 – 8 p.m.

R-Gang combines musical expertise and showmanship to provide the very best in entertainment. Specializing in twentieth-century R&B music from the Motown era through the 90s, R-Gang is comprised of some of the most highly respected musicians in Chicago. Their roots go deep in soul, gospel, blues, and rock, and they bring it all to their show. From playing with national acts like Survivor, Lionel Hampton, and Mavis Staples, to writing and recording for groups like the Doobie Brothers and Kansas’s Steve Walsh, to performing as the on-field band for the Chicago Bears, the six musicians in R-Gang make the most of their years of industry experience, instrumental chops, and outstanding vocals.

Mon 17 Jul

Carillonneur Wylie Crawford

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Wylie Crawford
Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford has been the resident carillonneur at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1986, when he played for its carillon’s dedication. He is senior university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, having served for 32 years as the university carillonneur. Crawford was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He has also toured as the Spirit of the Bells with the Cast in Bronze program. He is the president of the World Carillon Federation (carillon.org), a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Crawford served as its treasurer from 1990 until 2006, when he became the second North American ever to be elected president. He has been the membership chair for the Guild of Carillonneurs (GCNA) for more than 30 years and has served as the GCNA’s vice president. He has recently taken up a more portable instrument—the ukulele!

Tue 18 Jul

Midwest Young Artists Chamber

Midwest Young Artists Chamber

Tuesdays, July 11 & 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is the Midwest’s most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble program, with six orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, five choral ensembles, three jazz big bands, seven jazz combos, early childhood music and movement classes, and music history, theory, and composition classes. MYAC’s mission is to create a musical home for our students, where they grow with their peers in a challenging, friendly, and fun environment. Our student musicians have the opportunity to perform in major venues throughout Chicago and around the world, and MYAC graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges worldwide.

Tue 18 Jul

Rio Bamba

Rio Bamba

Tuesday, July 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba plays an exciting blend of Brazilian, Latin, and American jazz. For ten years, Rio Bamba has performed in a wide variety of jazz and world music venues, corporate shows, private parties, weddings, and festivals, performing standards and original songs in the unique style of the group. The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American, and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, and instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Wed 19 Jul

Moona Luna

Moona Luna

Wednesday, July 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Moona Luna is the kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.” After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin-inspired debut album, Piñata Party (2011), Moona Luna delivered something fresh in its sophomore album, Vamos, Let’s Go! (2013). Songwriter and bandleader Sandra Velasquez found inspiration in American pop hits of the 50s and 60s, and staying true to her bilingual mission, crafted Spanish and English lyrics for each song. Moona Luna has performed all over the country—from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to Madison Square Park in New York City. Their third studio album celebrates their Latin roots and draws on broader musical influences from the African diaspora. The album’s ten upbeat songs chronicle a family bus adventure through South America. P A N O R A M A, was released on January 29, 2016, and won a Parents’ Choice Award.

Thu 20 Jul

Dill Costa Quartet

Dill Costa Quartet

Thursday, July 20
6 – 8 p.m.

One of Chicago best-kept secrets, Dill Costa is a multitalented Brazilian performer. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Costa is a performer who represents authentic Carnaval music, which is a part of Brazil's rich musical legacy. Costa has dedicated herself to music and sings with A Cor do Brazil (Luiz Ewerling Group), Marshal Vente Tropical Jazz Band, Bossa Tres Band, and Dill Costa Quartet.

Mon 24 Jul

Carillonneur Jon Lehrer (Christmas in July)

Carillon Concert

Jon Lehrer (Christmas in July)
Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.

Jon Lehrer

Jon Lehrer began his carillon studies in 2000 at Yale University. Since graduating with a degree in mathematics, Lehrer has performed concert tours spanning Europe and North America. He is a laureate of four international competitions for carillon, most notably the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, where he was also awarded the SABAM prize for the best interpretation of Flemish carillon music. Lehrer won the 2010 International Carillon competition of the Dutch Carillon Guild, and was the highest ranked competitor in the International Alexis Julien Competition for baroque music. He graduated with great distinction from the Belgian Royal Carillon School “Jef Denijn,” where he studied with Eddy Mariën, Geert D'hollander, and Koen Cosaert. He has been a frequent guest artist at the annual North American Carillon Congresses, and has performed the Cast in Bronze theatrical carillon show on the Mobile Millenium Carillon at Renaissance festivals across the United States. Lehrer currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and works as a bioinformatician in cancer research.

Tue 25 Jul

Midwest Young Artists Jazz

Midwest Young Artists Jazz

Tuesday, July 25
10 – 11 a.m.

Jazz@MYAC is the Chicago area’s most comprehensive youth jazz program, with three big bands, seven combos, and improv classes. Every faculty member is a highly regarded professional jazz musician. The MYAC Merit Combo is directed by professional saxophonist Chris Madsen and features our top student improvisers, who write and perform their own pieces and arrangements of jazz standard repertoire. Notable performances have included Chicago's historic Jazz Showcase and the Chicago Cultural Center, and the group has collaborated with jazz luminaries John Clayton, Matt Wilson, and Ingrid Jensen. Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is a full-curriculum, pre-college music school and ensemble program with six orchestras, 60 chamber music ensembles, and five choral ensembles, in addition to its jazz program.

Tue 25 Jul

Fernandez & Kimball

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, July 25
6 – 8 p.m.

The Fernandez & Kimball Spanish Guitar Trio shares a love for Spanish guitar music. The trio has been performing throughout Chicago and the United States since the early 1990s. Through years of collaboration, they have transformed many styles of music into a vast Spanish guitar repertoire. They have traveled to Spain, Italy, Cuba, California, and New York, where they have performed with world-renowned artists.

Wed 26 Jul

Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason

Wednesday, July 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. An Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ringenberg is one of the pioneers of the modern Americana and alt-country genres. In 2002 he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature. The character is based on his own farming background and love of the great outdoors. As Farmer Jason, he has released four records and a DVD. He has starred in the It’s a Farmer Jason video interstitial program that airs on several PBS stations around the United States, earning four Emmy nominations and one Emmy win. Farmer Jason’s records have won numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Los Angeles Times’ Children’s Record of the Year list. Farmer Jason has performed several thousand concerts in venues ranging from rural fairs on the Alaskan tundra to posh European performance halls. The highly acclaimed live show involves sing-alongs, dancing, and discussions about nature appreciation, ecology, and farm animals. Farmer Jason performs solo with just his acoustic guitar, which adds to the spontaneous, high-energy nature of his concerts. Farmer Jason draws his musical influences from folk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of DIY punk rock.

Thu 27 Jul

The Shagadelics

The Shagedelics

Thursday, July 27
6 – 8 p.m.

The Shagadelics will liven up your evening with the only disco band that rocks. The Shagadelics will thrill you with their far-out dance moves and the funky tunes from the 70s that you will remember for years to come. Bring your polyester, platform shoes, and your bling—you’ll need it to keep up with these boys.

Mon 31 Jul

Carillonneur Parker Ludwig

Carillon Concert

Parker Ludwig
Monday, July 31, 7 p.m.

Parker Ludwig

Parker Ludwig is a carillonneur and organist from Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his bachelor of music degree at Brigham Young University in 2016, where he was an associate carillonneur. He is a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), and played his exam recital at the 2016 GCNA Congress at Yale University. Ludwig plays the carillon on a visiting basis at the First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also holds a position as guest organist at the famed Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Parker has participated in numerous competitions, and won first prize at the 2011 Regional Competition for Young Organists sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. He currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Lynette, while he is attending the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Tue 1 Aug

Folias Duo

Folias Duo

Tuesday, August 1
10 – 11 a.m.

American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self-written music.” Having worked together for more than ten years, this husband and wife duo based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is comprised of flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron. They continue to break new ground as performers and composers with a list of more than 40 self-published compositions on the Folias music site. Folias’s five critically acclaimed albums on the Blue Griffin recording label show their versatility as musicians. They have a strong connection to South American folk, Argentine tango, and the music of Astor Piazzolla.

Tue 1 Aug

Saturday June Band

Saturday June Band

Tuesday, August 1
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 frequently invite 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 2 Aug

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans

Wednesday, August 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans concerts are a party start to finish. Come prepared to experience the music and the fun with this veteran performer and early childhood music teacher and her seasoned rock band for an evening of singing, dancing, and most of all fun with your kids you won't soon forget. Jeanie B! has been called "velcro for kids." Time Out Chicago magazine calls Jeanie B! "one of the best things to happen to kids in Chicago in the past decade," and "one of the most influential kids’ musicians."

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Thu 3 Aug

Georgia Rae Family Band

Georgia Rae Family Band

Thursday, August 3
6 – 8 p.m.

The Georgia Rae Family Band plays bluegrass born and inspired by old and new Americana music. Champion fiddler Georgia Rae and her band of sisters, Quin (mandolin), and Kelly Jo (vocals and ukulele), anchor the Georgia Rae family Band with mom on guitar and Joe Burie on bass. They call it Americana, but their sound is driving and contemporary. They play an eclectic mix of old and new, a little western swing, and clever original material, all flavored with three- to four-part family vocal harmony. Georgia Rae, 17 years old, has been named a state champion fiddler five times in three states and is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion (NOTFA).

Mon 7 Aug

Carillonneur Lynnli Wang

Carillon Concert

Lynnli Wang
Monday, August 7, 7 p.m.

Lynnli Wang

Lynnli Wang resides in Washington, DC. During the week, she consults for the federal government through Deloitte. On weekends, she rings bells for the residents of the nation's capital. Currently, she performs at Arlington National Cemetery’s Netherlands Carillon. From the balcony of the Netherlands Carillon, guests can look down on the National Mall as they listen to the music of the surrounding bells. Wang graduated from Yale College in 2016 with a degree in literature and a certificate in education studies. She began studying carillon while at Yale, and after playing for three years, Wang passed her carillonneur membership exam in Denver, Colorado, at the 72nd Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA). Since then, she has played concerts throughout the northeast, helped co-host a GCNA Congress at Yale that included a fifty-piece commission project, and edited a children's book on carillons titled Rosie Meets the Carillon. She would like to thank her carillon teacher, Ellen Dickinson, as both a mentor and friend; Wylie Crawford and Joey Brink for inviting her to play for the audiences in Chicago; and her amazing family members, who support her no matter what.

Tue 8 Aug

David Chiriboga & Hugo Salcedo

David Chiriboga & Hugo Salcedo

Tuesday, August 8
10 – 11 a.m.

The David Chiriboga and Hugo Salcedo Spanish Guitar Duo are based in Chicago. Their repertoire is comprised of traditional flamenco and Spanish classical music.

Tue 8 Aug

Cajun Vagabonds

Cajun Vagabonds

Tuesday, August 8
6 – 8 p.m.

The Cajun Vagabonds play traditional Cajun and zydeco music with an occasional rock, funk, or swing classic. The band generates the perfect mix of dance-oriented music for dances, festivals, parties, and other events where people want to enjoy a dance groove. High energy and spontaneity are distinctive features of a Cajun Vagabond performance.

Wed 9 Aug

The Exceptionals*
(a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences) All children welcome

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday, August 9
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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 multi-sensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered around 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, growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Thu 10 Aug

Final Say

Final Say

Thursday, August 10
6 – 8 p.m.

Final Say is one of Chicago’s most dynamic bands. Performing the music of the 60s through today’s rock, pop, and top 40, Final Say delivers a high-energy stage show that will have you dancing all night. Final Say has traveled the country from Alaska to Hawaii with International stops in Mexico. Follow the spins, twists, and turns as they weave through the soundtrack of your life. From the Jackson 5 to Maroon 5, Final Say will leave you breathless.

Mon 14 Aug

Carillonneur Roy Kroezen

Carillon Concert

Roy Kroezen
Monday, August 14, 7 p.m.

Roy Kroezen

Roy Kroezen was born in Enschede, the Netherlands, in 1967 and was appointed carillonneur of the Centralia, Illinois, carillon in 2016. He studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort with Bernard Winsemius and Henk Verhoef, and also in Belgium at the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denijn” with Geert D'hollander. He studied organ at the Arnhem Conservatory with Cor van Wageningen and Theo Jellema. He holds a master’s degree in carillon, a bachelor’s deree in organ, and a choral conducting degree. In the Netherlands, he served as a municipal carillonneur in Zwolle, Hoogeveen, Arnhem, and Huissen, and organist in Hilversum at the Apostolic Society. He is a carillon teacher and arranger of music for the carillon. In 2002, he spent nine weeks playing six recitals a day in the Dutch-style family park Huis Ten Bosch on the island of Kyushu in Japan. In addition, he has played numerous carillon recitals in the United States, Europe, and the island of Curaçao. Kroezen has won prizes at several international carillon contests.

Tue 15 Aug

Midwest Young Artists
Lang Lang Scholars

Midwest Young Artists Lang Lang Scholars

Tuesday, August 15
10 – 11 a.m.

The Lang Lang Young Scholars are exceptional young pianists personally selected by virtuoso pianist Lang Lang from around the world to participate in international learning and performance opportunities provided by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. The Foundation collaborates with Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, the Midwest's most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble program, for its annual Summer Music Summit in Chicago. Every August since 2012, Young Scholars and MYAC students work together in a weeklong celebration of collaborative music. Scholars and students are placed in chamber music ensembles, assigned a piano concerto, and receive daily coaching from MYAC maestro Allan Dennis. Young Scholars stay with MYAC families, building friendships and laying the groundwork for a network of musicians that will last a lifetime. The Young Scholars will perform with the MYAC Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday, August 20.

Tue 15 Aug

Luciano Antonio Quartet

Luciano Antonio Quartet

Tuesday, August 15
6 – 8 p.m.

A performance by the Luciano Antonio Quartet takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with original compositions. In his performance, Luciano Antonio contrasts songs that have rich and complex harmonies and melodies with simple rhythms against songs that have simple harmonies and melodies with very complex rhythms, and the dynamics range from pure solo guitar and voice to the full sound of the rich Brazilian percussion in a fascinating musical way. Luciano Antonio has released two albums of original music: Vida De Artista—An Artist's Life in 2011 and Sem Palavras—Without Words in 2015. Come hear for yourself—Luciano Antonio has placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago.

Wed 16 Aug

Zak Morgan

Zak Morgan

Wednesday, August 16
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Grammy nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. When he is not writing and recording, Morgan performs family concerts throughout the country. His live performances are always filled with laughter and warmth as he encourages children to read, imagine, and believe in themselves. Morgan has released five critically acclaimed records and one DVD for children and was nominated for a Grammy in 2003—a rare feat for an independent artist. Morgan currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continues to tour the country giving concerts and workshops for children and families.

“Morgan sounds a bit like singer Cat Stevens, and his storytelling is an inspired cross between Dr. Seuss-style word games and the sly, edginess of Shel Silverstein. In short, it's children's music that adults can love.” - Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post

Thu 17 Aug

Chicago Samba

Chicago Samba

Thursday, August 17
6 – 8 p.m.

Chicago Samba presents live Brazilian music and dance. Sharing Brazilian culture in Chicago since 1989, Chicago Samba is a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offering the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of Carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles including samba, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, olodum, forro, chorinho, and the exciting, percussive, jam-session batucada that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group. Chicago Samba represents Brazilian culture with styles including capoeira and maculele, and featuring samba dancers in costume. The group has performed at music festivals, nightclubs, weddings, private functions, and schools.

Mon 21 Aug

Carillonneur Linda Dzuris

Carillon Concert

Linda Dzuris
Monday, August 21, 7 p.m.

Linda Dzuris

Linda Dzuris became the first university carillonneur of South Carolina’s Clemson University in 1999 and is a professor of music in the department of performing arts. She received her bachelor of music, master of music, and doctor of music degrees in organ performance and church music from the University of Michigan. Dzuris studied carillon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional study at The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. Dzuris is a performance instructor of the North American Carillon School (NACS). Dzuris has served on the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) Board of Directors and currently serves as an adjudicator on its Associate Carillonneur Evaluation Committee. She has been a featured guest artist in carillon concert series throughout the United States, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. Her original carillon compositions are published by American Carillon Music Editions.

Tue 22 Aug

Glencoe Academy of Music
The Chicago String Trio

GAM The Chicago String Trio

Tuesday, August 22
10 – 11 a.m.

The Glencoe Academy of Music (GAM) is happy to continue its outreach program and share its world-class faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Glencoe Academy of Music believes that the understanding and practice of music enriches life. It is our mission to conserve the tradition and culture of the past and present through music and expose the community to music through instruction and community concerts. The Glencoe Academy of Music is committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Our nurturing and encouraging environment promotes growth in each student by meeting students’ individual learning needs. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-competitive performance opportunities.

Tue 22 Aug

Brass from the Past

Brass from the Past

Tuesday, August 22
6 – 8 p.m.

Brass from the Past is the hottest horn band in the Midwest. Boasting an unstoppable six-piece horn section, tight four-piece rhythm section, and three powerful singers who command the stage, this is no ordinary band! CBS News called this “one of the best cover bands in Chicago.” Covering Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and more, the band is a tribute to the legends of rock and soul music.

Wed 23 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming, and interactive musical program for all ages. He writes original songs bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Duke Otherwise is highly sought out by many libraries, schools, and festivals throughout the Midwest and was recently invited to be a featured performer at KindieComm in Philadelphia opening for Grammy-winner Tim Kubart. Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...highly recommended."

Thu 24 Aug

Jimmy Nick

Jimmy Nick

Thursday, August 24
6 – 8 p.m.

A seasoned musician by the time he was 18, Jimmy Nick hit the scene at full stride. Within a few years, he was playing at many renowned venues in Chicago including Buddy Guy’s, Rosie’s Lounge, Metro, Double Door, Kingston Mines, and Blues on Halsted, among many others. Jimmy Nick has shared the stage with Eddie Shaw, Lil’ Ed, Bobby Rush, the Mike Wheeler Band, Dick Dale, John Mayall, Ted Nugent, Samantha Fish, Pat Travers, Savoy Brown, Los Lonely Boys, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and more. Today, his mission is to expose the next generation to the blues. Driven by his Motown-tight band, Don’t Tell Mama, featuring (Hot Rod) Rodney Brown on saxophone, (blues hall of famer) Kenny Hampton on bass, and Brady Williams on drums, Jimmy Nick excites crowds with his electrifying guitar work, fresh harp, clever lyrics, and animated stage theatrics. His high-energy blues and rock-n-roll captivate audiences and forge instant fans.

Mon 28 Aug

Carillonneur Brandon Blazo

Carillon Concert

Brandon Blazo
Monday, August 28, 7 p.m.

Brandon Blazo

Brandon Blazo is a former assistant university carillonneur at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Professor Margo Halsted. In Provo, Utah, he successfully passed the examination for carillonneur membership in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has performed in summer concert series across Michigan and played the chimes at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, Michigan. Blazo is director and senior counsel at Discover Financial Services.

Tue 29 Aug

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Tuesday, August 29
10 – 11 a.m.

The Chicago Harp Quartet, founded in 2012, has quickly established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. Widely regarded as a Chicago treasure, the Quartet has dedicated itself to presenting innovative, charismatic, and forward-thinking programs that include original transcriptions as well as new commissions from composers across the globe. The Quartet has performed at major concert venues across the United States including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Curtis Institute of Music. As part of CHQ's mission, the ensemble collaborates with other cutting-edge artists including Third Coast Percussion, Mozawa, and Ho Etsu Taiko, and continues their educational endeavors as instructors for the Chicago Harp Ensemble, as well as educational residencies at institutions including Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, New York University, and Play On Philly. Among ongoing commissioning projects, the Quartet has premiered works by Bernard Andres, Nicholas Davies, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and Hilary Purrington. In 2014, the Quartet released their highly successful debut CD, Soirées d'été.

Tue 29 Aug

Sam Fazio Quintet

Sam Fazio Quintet

Tuesday, August 29
6 – 8 p.m.

Chicago-based vocalist Sam Fazio puts a new spin on the songs you love. He can currently be seen around the city at various clubs and hotels, including the legendary LondonHouse, where he holds Friday night residency. Fazio has performed in many well-known venues around the United States, such as Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, Untitled, SPACE (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), Feinstein's at the Loews and 54 Below (New York City). In addition, he has performed shows at many festivals including Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago, and performing arts centers including Trueblood (Wisconsin), Overture Center (Wisconsin), and Metropolis (Illinois). Fazio performs with some of the best musicians in Chicago and beyond.

Wed 30 Aug

Poochamungas

Poochamungas

Wednesday, August 30
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We are the greatest firefighter lead rock n' roll kindie band in America...if not the world! With classic rock roots, Poochamungas is unique and familiar at the same time. If you are looking for original, fun, family-friendly, and interactive music that rocks, then come on out to a show near you.

Wed 30 Aug

Gussied

Gussied

Thursday, August 31
6 – 8 p.m.

Gussied isn’t just any cover band—they “gussy” up all the traditional cover and party hits (top 40, pop, indie rock, country, folk, jazz, and oldies) into a super fun, whistle, sing, and tap-dance along bluegrass style. In earnest, true, midwestern fashion, Gussied is taking back the term “cover band” while giving a flirtatious nod to bluegrass. Comprised of six classically trained indie rock veterans, the Gussied musicians’ professional credits boast performances with Wilco, the Lumineers, Wayne Newton, John Fullbright, and at Lollapalooza.

Mon 4 Sep

Carillonneur Sue Bergren

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Sue Bergren
Monday, September 4, 7 p.m.

Sue Bergren

Sue Bergren is the principal organist at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. She earned a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University after having worked for several years in a non-musical, technical environment. She is also a certified carillonneur, and plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon. As an active carillon recitalist, she has been a guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at the Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Illinois, and guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. She is also the owner of American Carillon Music Editions, a publishing company of carillon music. She lives in Naperville with her husband Mark, and shares the joy of being doting grandparents.

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