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Wed 27 Jul Radio RockRadio Rock

Wednesday, July 27
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Radio Rock “Active like a rock star!” tour 2016

At each Radio Rock live performance, every child is encouraged to be a part of the show and “Rock Out” is a highly interactive fun musical show and performance. The show features live performers with the whole audience in a fast-paced imaginary rock concert. Radio Rock was developed for kids of all ages. Radio Rock features popular radio chartbusters presented in a high-energy, interactive show. Kids are encouraged to sing, dance, and participate while the show stresses positive themed messages. Kids have fun while learning that staying active, eating healthy and making good choices are all a part of living like a true rock star. They learn new songs, try new dances, and are invited to reach up and become a part of the show. Radio Rock has been recognized as leaders in quality children’s entertainment and have been awarded the “Gold Seal” by the Excellence in Family Media Association, were announced a winner in the 2009 John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and are working as collaborators with other quality producers of children’s media.

Thu 28 Jul

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, July 28
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for over 15 years. Mike's quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, festivals and clubs. Mike 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 know Swing, Latin and Standards from some of America's finest composers of all time for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Mon 1 Aug

Carillonneur Ellen Dickinson

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Ellen Dickinson
Monday, August 1, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Ellen Dickinson

Ellen  Dickinson holds a M.M. in organ from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and a B.A. in music from Yale College. She is artistic director of Music on the Hill, an independent music organization with four performing ensembles and music education opportunities. For eleven years,  Dickinson  was director of music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, Connecticut. In 2006, she co-founded the Jubilate Ringers, a community handbell ensemble. 

She serves as college carillonneur at Trinity College, and is teacher and adviser to the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs and bell consultant to the university. She has attended the Summer Academy at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, Netherlands, where she studied with Todd Fair. She has served the GCNA in many capacities. As part of the North American Carillon School team,  Dickinson is an instructor for the New England region. She has performed carillon recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Tue 2 Aug

Jim Kendros

Jim Kendros

Tuesday, August 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. Jim’s concerts include insightful backgrounds on instruments and on the classical, folk, and original compositions he performs.  Jim is the composer fellow and pre-concert lecturer of the Northbrook Symphony and is the resident music historian and pre-concert lecturer of the Lake Forest Symphony.

Tue 2 Aug

Callaloo

Callaloo

Tuesday, August 2
6 - 8 p.m.

Callaloo is the best world fusion steel pan group performing original compositions in Chicago. Scott Johnson, Callaloo's composer/arranger, began writing music for Callaloo that was built on strong, sophisticated Latin/Caribbean rhythms and 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. The percussionists switch instruments from song to song, adding to the visual element of their performance.

Wed 3 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 3
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith. A spirited performer. A skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer. Using his distinct baritone, he sings his hilarious and imaginative songs you and your children will delight in together. From Madison, Wisconsin, Duke Otherwise has been entertaining and educating children throughout the United States and several other countries. Borrowing from a vast array of musical styles such as folk, jazz, klezmer, and Latin, Otherwise keeps his audiences on their toes with many opportunities to dance, laugh, offer suggestions, and participate in the merry performance.

Thu 4 Aug

Bopology

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Bopology brings 1940s Jump-Swing Music into the now
From the swingin’ ’40s to the twenty-first century, that easily identifiable feeling called “swing” is made even more appealing by Bopology, a renowned band from Chicago, Illinois. This multi-talented, six-piece band’s history speaks for itself. Established in 1992, the band features a Duke Ellington sound with the vocal style of the Rat Pack, performed by able musicians with a clean sound.

Mon 8 Aug

Carillonneur Joey Brink

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Joey Brink
Monday, August 8, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Joey Brink

Joey Brink is the sixth university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs twice daily and teaches carillon performance to members of the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs.

Joey began his carillon studies at Yale University in 2007 with Ellen Dickinson, and became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2011. He continued his carillon studies on a Belgian-American Educational Foundation fellowship with Eddy Marien, Koen Cosaert, and Geert D'hollander at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, where he graduated with greatest distinction in 2012, and subsequently studied further with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. Joey received first prize and audience prize at the 7th International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in June 2014.

Joey serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and co-chairs its Johan Franco Committee to promote new music for carillon. He received the 2015 Barnes Scholarship to conduct research on affordable practice carillon design. Joey is married to carillonneur Vera Brink, and together they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, playing board games, and traveling to the many carillons around the world.

Tue 9 Aug

Hunter Chase

Hunter Chase

Tuesday, August 9
10 - 11 a.m.

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 holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois-Chicago studying mathematical logic.

Tue 9 Aug

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Tuesday, August 9
6 – 8 p.m.

Since 2005, Second Time Around continues to entertain a wide variety of audiences with a total live classic rock experience, delivering a show that takes you back in time to the age of the musical revolution. The group delivers 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.

Wed 10 Aug

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

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, June 29
Wednesday, August 10
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 creates a multisensory 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 and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families!

Thu 11 Aug

Cuban Essence

Cuban Essence

Thursday, August 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Founded in 2001, Cuban Essence is an exciting and truly new sound coming out of Chicago. Cuban-born composer/director and performer Waldo Ocaña brings a contemporary body of work to life with authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms and concepts in the form of a timba (Cuban salsa) orchestra. Songs of love, life, and dreams are made accessible to a broad spectrum of listeners and dancers alike through lyrics sung in English.

Instead of traditional horns for the mambo sections, the arrangements call for singers, harmonizing beautiful melodies that dance over the searing rhythms of Cuba and the New World to produce the unique and luscious sounds of Cuban Essence.

Mon 15 Aug

Carillonneur Sally Harwood

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

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

Sally Harwood

Sally Harwood began her carillon studies in 1996 with Margo Halsted at the newly-renovated Beaumont Tower Carillon at Michigan State University, and she studied with Ray McLellan after his 1997 appointment as Michigan State University carillonneur.  Harwood has been a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 2000.  She attended the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen, Belgium, studying with Eddy Marien and Erik Vandevoort, and was awarded the end carillonneur diploma “with distinction.”

Harwood occasionally performed formal recitals while still pursuing her legal career, but now, as a retiree, she plays the carillon more than ever and her performance work has expanded. Her other musical activity is playing the recorder with fellow early music enthusiasts.

Tue 16 Aug

Leah Shoshanah

Tuesday Morning Music

Tuesday, August 16
10 - 11 a.m.

Leah Shoshanah is a folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. Her music weaves elements of folk, rock, jazz, and soul with poetic storytelling and complex harmonies. When not performing or writing original music, Leah teaches music and yoga to children in Chicago.

Tue 16 Aug

Recession Seven

Recession Seven

Tuesday, August 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Formed by jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis at the start of the Great Recession, Petra's Recession Seven is a traditional/swing band specializing in Depression-era music. This seven-piece ensemble features all-star veteran horn players Russ Phillips, Eric Schneider, and Bob Ojeda. Chicagoans have enjoyed the band's swinging sounds at the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald's, and the Chicago Jazz Festival.  The American Rag, in a review of the band's 2011 on-location recording Live In Chicago, praises "a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn't give it back until they are finished playing."

Wed 17 Aug

Leonardo and the Makin’ Waves Band

Leonardo and the Makin’ Waves Band

Wednesday, August 17
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Leonardo is a Chicago-based, Parents' Choice Award winning family musician, performing songs that entertain, educate, and empower audiences of all ages and abilities. His concerts are a high-energy, interactive celebration of possibilities with plenty of sing-a-longs and dance moves the whole family can enjoy together.

Get ready to rock out to original and traditional favorite songs with Leonardo and the band. “...Remarkable understanding of a child's world.’’—School Library Journal

Thu 18 Aug

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, August 18
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha fills the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil that delight your musical senses for listening and dancing! The group’s 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.  Grupo Cha Cha has been called the “Sly and the Family Stone” of Latin jazz bands because of its multigender and multicultural makeup. This is the Life has gained national FM radio airplay from Boston to San Diego, British Columbia to Ottawa, and in Bordeaux, France.

Mon 22 Aug

Carillonneur Hunter Chase

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Hunter Chase
Monday, August 22, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

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 a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois-Chicago studying mathematical logic.

Tue 23 Aug

Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge

Tuesday, August 23
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. Their diverse musical style seamlessly blends traditional jazz, Brazilian, classical, and popular contemporary.

Tue 23 Aug

Cowboy Jukebox

Cowboy Jukebox

Tuesday, August 23
6 – 8 p.m.

Straight out of the Windy City, these five country-at-heart musicians round up to form Cowboy Jukebox. From Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert to Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jukebox shoots country music straight and true. Whether you missed out on your favor country artist or are just ready for a night of fun, the dudes and the darlin’ of Cowboy Jukebox have you covered.

Wed 24 Aug

ScribbleMonster

ScribbleMonster

Wednesday, August 24
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

ScribbleMonster believes “all kids are creative equal” and that children learn by having fun and by expressing themselves through the arts. ScribbleMonster’s award-winning approach to music and other activities centers on what children can do, rather than focusing on what they can’t. By presenting in a non-restrictive format, ScribbleMonster’s creative musical playtime validates each child’s efforts and builds upon their success in developmentally appropriate ways.

 

Thu 25 Aug

The Chicago Cossacks

The Chicago Cossacks

Thursday, August 25
6 – 8 p.m.

The Russian and Ukrainian folk music and dance ensemble Chicago Cossacks was created in 1993 and since then has been entertaining people of the Greater Chicago area and beyond. The group performs Cossack, Jewish (Klezmer), Russian Roma (Gypsy), American oldies, classical music, Italian, French, German, Latin, and other world music and songs. The musicians play traditional musical instruments such as the domra (mandolin) and  bayan (button accordion). All musicians received formal music degrees in the former Soviet Union.

Mon 29 Aug

Carillonneur Kimberly Schafer

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Kimberly Schafer
Monday, August 29, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Kimberly Schafer

Kimberly Schafer’s interest in the carillon led her to pursue a carillon education on two continents and then to perform carillon concerts in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. She has performed in residence at The University of Michigan, The University of Texas, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago. Since 2015 she has performed regularly for Sunday services at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Schafer takes a keen interest in teaching the carillon: she spearheaded a carillon instruction program at The University of Texas and also taught carillon at Princeton University and at the University of Chicago. Past campanological projects include translating a carillon thesis and writing a musicological dissertation on the role of the carillon in American universities. In 2015 she initiated a new organization in Chicago to advocate for and promote tower bells. Schafer also writes the blog Bell Advocate to further these efforts.

Tue 30 Aug

Chicago Bassoon Quartet

Chicago Bassoon Quartet

Tuesday, August 30
10 - 11 a.m.

The Chicago Bassoon Quartet was originally founded in the 1980s by Sue Nigro. The ensemble is comprised of bassoonists Beth Heller, Lynette Pralle, Dianne Ryan, and Sue Nigro—who also plays contrabassoon. Their music library contains more than 100 selections, enabling them to program concerts in a variety of forms, styles, and arrangements.

Tue 30 Aug

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, August 30
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 31 Aug

Wendy & DB and the Band

Wendy & DB and the band

Wednesday, August 31
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wendy & DB encourage the curiosity and imagination that already flourishes in children.  A little R&B/Country/Folk & Pop with positive lyrics, a good melody and interesting rhythms are key ingredients to their songs. Props & puppets are key to our shows!  We want the whole family to have fun with our music and our band - 2015 Parents’ Choice & NAPPA Award winners.  We believe in giving back and support both http://www.vh1savethemusic.org and abetterlifeforkids.org with our CD sales.

Thu 1 Sep

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Thursday, September 1
6 – 8 p.m.

The combined talents of Americana music icons Barb Silverman, Rick Veras, Steve Rosen, and Mitch Straeffer bridge our country’s vast musical history with fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and washboard. These musicians collectively have performed around the world from Finland to Australia, in prominent festivals and radio shows, and in the highest profile venues in metropolitan Chicago. Playing patriotic songs and more, the Silver Stars capture the character of the earliest American fiddle tunes through the hits of Stephen Foster and Irving Berlin and on into the last century of indigenous music. Dances will include contra lines of George Washington’s day, the high-stepping strut of the 1850s Cake Walk, and the squares and circles that survived hundreds of years of our history.

Mon 5 Sep

Carillonneur Sue Bergren

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

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

Sue Bergren

Sue Bergren is on staff at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville as the principal organist. She has a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University and has served as music director and organist for several churches in the Naperville area. She is active as a carillon recitalist and plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon. She serves on the board of directors for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and runs a small publishing company for carillon music.

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