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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.

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.

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