Music Schedule

Mon 14 Jul

Carillonneur Roy Lee

Carillon

Roy LeeRoy Lee, Ottawa, Canada
Monday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Roy Lee grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives in Toronto. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in history. He began playing the carillon as a freshman there and served terms as treasurer and co-chair of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. After Yale, he attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and is now a government lawyer in the Toronto litigation office of the Department of Justice, Canada.

In June 2000, Lee became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America after playing a successful exam recital. More recently, he has studied carillon performance with Eddy Mariën at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium.

Tue 15 Jul

The Midwest Young Artists

The Midwest Young Artists

Tuesday, July 15
10 - 11 a.m.

The Midwest Young Artists' nationally recognized Chicago Chamber Music Workshop has an outstanding faculty and nurturing staff, and is held in a beautiful and comfortable setting. This workshop offers students an unparalleled musical experience in a fun and supportive environment. Our goal is to help each student grow musically and individually.

Tue 15 Jul

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, July 15
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 16 Jul

Rolie Polie Guacamole

PHOTO: Rolie Polie Guacamole

Wednesday, July 16
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Rolie Polie Guacamole started out in Brooklyn, New York, six years ago. Their high-energy, interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock, and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy, and staying active. The band's latest album, Houses of the Moly, won a Parents' Choice Silver Award and was a National Parenting Publications Awards honors recipient.

 

Thu 17 Jul

El Payo

PHOTO: El Payo

Thursday, July 17
6 – 8 p.m.

El Payo is a lively flamenco group, based in Chicago, with members from Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s distinct sound is infused with elements of modern and traditional flamenco, encompassing voice, guitar, and dance. This concert will include the full music group and dancers, as well as a short dance lesson.

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Mon 21 Jul

Carillonneur David Hunsberger

Carillon

David HunsbergerDavid Hunsberger, Berkeley, California
Monday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

David Hunsberger has been assistant carilloner at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1983. He holds the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon. Hunsberger has taught music at Washington University and Webster College (St. Louis), and the Thailand Theological Seminary (Chiang Mai). He is the organist-choirmaster at Zion Lutheran Church in Piedmont, California.

Tue 22 Jul

Michele De Wilton

Michele De Wilton

Tuesday, July 22
10 - 11 a.m.

Michele de Wilton’s original piano solos have been described as “sophisticated, dramatic, and truly relaxing.” Drawing inspiration from mythology, folklore, and poetry, de Wilton’s musical storytelling transports listeners from the humdrum to the sublime. De Wilton has released three albums: Myths & Legends, Daydream, and Snow Angel. Her music has been featured on Amazon.com’s Hot 100 New Age List.

Tue 22 Jul

JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio

PHOTO: JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio

Tuesday, July 22
6 – 8 p.m.

The JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio has been performing in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. Led by steel drummer Joe Sonnefeldt, the group blends traditional calypso music with other styles of the Caribbean as well as American jazz and pop. The trio has entertained audiences on Lake Michigan cruises, at area festivals, and private functions throughout the Midwest.

Wed 23 Jul

The Swingset

The Swingset

Wednesday, July 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sean and Karen are a husband and wife musical group who have released a CD of original music, Moodswings. The duo blends vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles and the Everly Brothers, delivered in an original, heartfelt style. Last summer, they placed second out of more than 200 contestants in a suburban Chicago talent competition.

Thu 24 Jul

The Boils

The Boils

Thursday, July 24
6 – 8 p.m.

Three of Chicago's most seasoned Irish traditional musicians came together in 2005 to form the Boils, a high-energy trio delivering a potent blend of jigs and reels, as well as songs. Featuring Jim Conway on harmonica and tin whistle, Jack Callahan on guitar and vocals, and Mike Austin on bodhran and percussion, the Boils possess a deep respect for traditional style but also infuse that tradition with their own interpretation of the music, reflecting their Irish-American heritage.

Mon 28 Jul

Carillonneurs Tiffany Lin and Michael Solotke

Carillon

Tiffany Lin and Michael SolotkeTiffany Lin and Michael Solotke, Washington, D.C., and New York City, New York
Monday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Tiffany Lin and Michael Solotke met at a Yale Symphony Orchestra rehearsal during their freshman year (Lin played violin, and Solotke played trombone). Soon after, they discovered their love for the carillon as members of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs. Lin and Solotke have played carillons in countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

Tue 29 Jul

Marguerite Williams

Marguerite Williams

Tuesday, July 29
10 - 11 a.m.

Principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marguerite Lynn Williams has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. Williams maintains a private harp studio in Chicago and is the founder and director of the Chicago Harp Ensembles. Williams will be joined by violinist Maria Storm for one piece.

Tue 29 Jul

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Tuesday, July 29
6 – 8 p.m.

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country bring a fresh and energetic flavor into the live music scene. This terrific group consists of five acclaimed musicians and singers. Their unique style recreates the classics as well as contemporary country and rock 'n' roll hits.

Wed 30 Jul

Leonardo and the Makin' Waves Band

Leonardo and the Making Waves Band

Wednesday, July 30
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This Parents' Choice Award-winning family musician performs original songs and traditional favorites that entertain, educate, and empower audiences of all ages and abilities. The high-energy, interactive concert is a celebration of possibilities. With fun props and a colorful set, this concert is a pep rally, rock 'n' roll show, and beach party all on one stage.

Thu 31 Jul

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, July 31
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha is a fun Latin band that will fill the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil to get you on your feet! They are a favorite of the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, corporate events, and Chicago’s hottest Latin clubs. Noted for their multigender and multicultural makeup, their music is on regular rotation on FM jazz radio stations nationwide, including WDCB 90.9 in the Chicago area.

Mon 4 Aug

Carillonneur Julie Zhu

Carillon

Julie Zhu Julie Zhu, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, August 4, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Julie Zhu graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2013 with highest honors. She became a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America that summer. She is interested in the relationship between mathematics, music, and visual representation.

Tue 5 Aug

Healing Earth

Native American Flute

Tuesday, August 5
10 - 11 a.m.

The Healing Earth Native American flute circle has been in existence since about 1996, and currently has a roster of more than 50 instrumentalists. It is a teaching flute circle, which means that people with all skill levels are welcome and, in fact, encouraged to learn and grow with the instrument.

Tue 5 Aug

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet

Tuesday, August 5
6 – 8 p.m.

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan perform an original blend of gypsy jazz and flamenco, as well as American jazz standards and original compositions. The band's lively sound has been shared across the United States and in Europe for more than 20 years. Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich wrote: “[Alfonso Ponticelli] achieved the airborne sense of swing, the outrageously swift tempos and the translucent ensemble sound that created the template for gypsy-tinged jazz.”

Wed 6 Aug

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Wednesday, August 6
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Karen K & the Jitterbugs is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning group that plays rock and pop music the whole family loves! Join Karen K in her Bug Out, the imaginary fort in her backyard, and her friends the Jitterbugs: Bumble (guitar), Stink Bug (drums), Hop (bass), and sidekick and best friend, Lightning Bug (everything else).

Click here To view Karen K’s hit video (I Woke Up in a) Firetruck! 

Thu 7 Aug

Bopology

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 7
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 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 11 Aug

Carillonneurs Adolph Rots and Auke de Boer

Carillon

Adolph Rots and Auke de BoerAdolph Rots and Auke de Boer, Groningen, the Netherlands
Monday, August 11, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Adolph Rots and Auke de Boer are the city carillonneurs at the famous Hemony carillon (1662) of the Martini tower (1482) in Groningen. Rots also is city carillonneur in Appingedam, Veendam, and Winschoten in the Netherlands; de Boer is also the city carillonneur and organist in Dokkum. Each year, Rots and de Boer perform several recitals in the northern part of Holland as part of the Groningen Carillon Duo. They have toured in Denmark, Belgium, France, and the United States.

Tue 12 Aug

Sheridan Archbold

Sheridan Archbold

Tuesday, August 12
10 - 11 a.m.

Sheridan Archbold is a 12-year-old award-winning singer specializing in opera and classical crossover music. He sings in English, Italian, German, Russian, and French. Sheridan has won awards in four singing and talent competitions, regionally and nationally. He is known as the youngest classical crossover, operatic singer.

Tue 12 Aug

Fernandez & Kimball

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, August 12
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 studied and performed with artists in Spain, Italy, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, California, and New York. Their repertoire includes flamenco, classical, bossa nova, Latin American standards, and jazz standards.

Wed 13 Aug

Wendy, DB and the Band

Wendy, DB and the Band

Wednesday, August 13
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The fun band is a group of musicians who back up Wendy & DB. They include Dean Rolando on piano, Geoffrey Lowe on bass, and Dennis Calito on percussion/drum. This interactive band is a must-see for children and parents!

Thu 14 Aug

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Thursday, August 14
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 18 Aug

Carillonneur Julia Littleton

Carillon

Julia LittletonJulia Littleton, Arlington, Virginia
Monday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Julia Littleton is a former Chicago and Oak Park resident who has performed on carillons around the Chicago area as well as in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. She was taught by University of Chicago carillonneur Wylie Crawford, and has been a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 2000.

Tue 19 Aug

Sophie Webber

Sophie Webber

Tuesday, August 19
10 - 11 a.m.

Sophie Webber performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and United Kingdom. Besides performing solo cello music—in particular, the six Bach suites— Webber is the artistic director of Fused Muse Ensemble, a Chicago-based group. She is a former graduate student of Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Tue 19 Aug

Nia Quintet

Nia Quintet

Tuesday, August 19
6 – 8 p.m.

The Nia Quintet is an in-demand quintet featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians. Led by performing artist Scott Anderson, they have performed at Chicago venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, and many more. They play original music written and arranged by trumpeter/composer Scott Anderson, a semifinalist in the 2012 International Songwriters Competition. Their first CD, End of Time, ranked in the top 50 in the country for radio play.

 

Wed 20 Aug

Super Stolie & The Rockstars

Super Stolie and The Rockstars

Wednesday, August 20
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join Rebecca Stoelinga, a Deerfield native, for an engaging, high-energy show for the entire family. Super Stolie encourages children to embrace their own uniqueness by singing, dancing, hopping, balancing, and trying an awesome rock star jump! Super Stolie's captivating show will engage kids of all ages, getting the whole family to sing along and skip away with tunes in their heads and positive messages!

Thu 21 Aug

Hillbilly Rockstarz

Hot Summer Nights

Thursday, August 21
6 – 8 p.m.

Hillbilly Rockstarz is Chicago's very own country super group. They specialize in covering the latest hits in country music and classic favorites, including the music of Johnny Cash, Lady Antebellum, and even Taylor Swift. The group also mixes in some rock tunes from Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses. The band has always had one thing in common: the desire to perform a show of great radio-friendly country music covers that will always promote a good time.

Mon 25 Aug

Carillonneur Wylie Crawford

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

PHOTO: Wylie CrawfordWylie Crawford, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Wylie Crawford is the resident carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden, the university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, and was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville. He has given carillon recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. He is the president of the World Carillon Federation and previously served as treasurer.

He fulfilled the requirements of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) to become a certified carillonneur in 1977.  He previously served as its vice president and is now both the chair of its membership committee and member of its public relations committee.

With an undergraduate degree in physics and a graduate degree in teaching from the University of Chicago, Crawford initiated the first regular carillon instruction program at four Chicago-area carillons. Also, he is the president of Compassionate Computing, a computer training and support organization.

Tue 26 Aug

Neil Dixon Smith

Neil Dixon Smith

Tuesday, August 26
10 - 11 a.m.

Chicago-based guitarist Neil Dixon Smith has been performing professionally as a soloist since 2004. He plays a unique and exciting mix of folkloric and classical styles from across Latin America, stemming from his longtime apprenticeship with Chilean master, Alfonso Chacon. He  provides a veritable cultural tour of the of rhythms and guitar techniques of Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba, mixed with great works of Spanish classical guitar.

Tue 26 Aug

Shamrock Ragsters

Shamrock Ragsters

Tuesday, August 26
6 – 8 p.m.

The Shamrock Ragsters is a group of top Chicago area musicians who play a mix of Irish/Celtic, bluegrass, and Dixieland jazz. Their debut concert was in summer 2012, for the children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where they performed with traditional folk instruments such as banjo, fiddle, mandolin, tin whistle, Irish flute, guitar, bass, and trumpet.

Wed 27 Aug

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann

Wednesday, August 27
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This interactive kids' concert will feature the upbeat folk rock music of Little Miss Ann, a mother and Old Town School of Folk Music instructor. The readers of Time Out Chicago voted her one of Chicago's Most Influential Kids’ Musicians. Little Miss Ann and her band deliver a performance packed with rich vocals, unique instrumentation, and positive messages.

Thu 28 Aug

Aloha Lives!
Hawaiian Music

Aloha Lives

Thursday, August 28
6 – 8 p.m.

Aloha Lives! is the newest production by Pacific Soundz. Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive the old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific. She performs a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic sounds that will inspire you.

Mon 1 Sep

Carillonneur Kimberly Schafer

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

PHOTO: Kimberly SchaferKimberly Schafer, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, September 1, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Kimberly Schafer is a native midwesterner whose interest in the carillon fourteen years ago 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, and Princeton University, and since 2011, she has been performing at the University of Chicago. 

 

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