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Thu 22 Feb

Kerry Leung
Chinese classical

Kerry Leung

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; and erhu and flute with the Silk & Bamboo Ensemble at the Ravinia Festival.

Tue 27 Feb

David Chiriboga
Spanish guitar

David Chiriboga

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 1 Mar

Chamni Sripraram
Thai music

Chamni Sripraram

Chamni Sripraram teaches the music of Thailand at Northern Illinois University. He is musically versatile, performing on instruments including the Thai xylophone, flute, and fiddle. Sripraram has performed across the United States, in Canada, and in Southeast Asia.

Tue 6 Mar

Sapphire Winds Quintet
Woodwind quintet

Sapphire Winds Quintet

Sapphire Woodwind Quintet has been entertaining audiences with eclectic programs since 2004. Sapphire has performed widely, and the quintet members are dedicated music educators who teach in schools while maintaining private studios. They were invited by jazz musician Orbert Davis to join his Discover Music: Discover Life program, which is dedicated to giving all students access to the arts and brings high-quality programs to needy schools. The quintet’s original programming includes Klezmer music, folk songs from North and South America, arrangements of jazz standards, and pieces showcasing ethnic instruments. Their goal is to surprise audiences with fresh music and share the joy of live music with their listeners.

Thu 8 Mar

Chicago Koto Group
Japanese Koto

Chicago Koto Group

The Chicago Koto Group was founded in 1985 by Akiko Sugano in order to serve the greater Chicago community by introducing it to Japanese culture and music. They hold several public performances each year and also serve to educate students at elementary schools and colleges about Japanese culture through music. The koto is a traditional Japanese instrument used today mostly in chamber music. It was introduced into Japan from China around the sixth century as part of the Imperial Court ensemble but quickly moved into popular culture. Additional instruments include the shamisen (a three-stringed banjo-like instrument) and shakuhachi (a bamboo flute).

Tue 13 Mar

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists (MYA) was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. MYA now reaches more than 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging from grades 2 to 12. Featuring nine youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, four choral ensembles, four jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos, music history, theory, and composition classes, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. The ensembles meet in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and the organization has grown into one of the premier music ensemble programs in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges in the country.

 

Thu 15 Mar

Joy Yu Hoffman
Chinese harp

Joy Yu Hoffman

Joy Yu Hoffman was born in Nanjing, China, where she began studying piano with her parents at age 4. She studied harp at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and received her B.M. from Roosevelt University and her M.M. from Northwestern University. Hoffman has released three solo CDs and has published her own compositions. She also plays the kong hou, a double-strung Chinese harp as well as the Celtic double-strung harp. Her repertoire includes classical, contemporary, Celtic, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, and Asian music. She has performed throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Ireland, Kenya, and South Africa. She teaches both harp and piano and coaches chamber music.

Tue 20 Mar

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists (MYA) was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. MYA now reaches more than 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging from grades 2 to 12. Featuring nine youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, four choral ensembles, four jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos, music history, theory, and composition classes, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. The ensembles meet in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and the organization has grown into one of the premier music ensemble programs in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges in the country.

 

Thu 22 Mar

Kerry Leung
Chinese classical

Kerry Leung

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; and erhu and flute with the Silk & Bamboo Ensemble at the Ravinia Festival.

Mon 4 Jun

Carillonneur Brandon Blazo

Carillon Concert
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 chime at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, Michigan. Blazo is director and senior counsel at Discover Financial Services.

Tue 5 Jun

David Chiriboga & Hugo Salcedo
Spanish Guitar

David Chiriboga & Hugo Salcedo

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 5 Jun

Sam Fazio Quintet, Jazz

Sam Fazio

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

Wed 6 Jun

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann

At this kids’ music concert, families can experience 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 songs, and new ones, filled with rich vocals and simple instrumentation. Follow Me, her most recent album, had a song that was featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.

Thu 7 Jun

David Gerald, blues

David Gerald

David Gerald grew up with the sounds of the blues, R&B, and rock music in his hometown, Detroit. He has made his career playing blues-infused soul rock music nationally with his band. Year-round, he performs at clubs and festivals across the United States. Gerald's music has been receiving widespread radio play along with recognition in the blues and rock communities.

Mon 11 Jun

Carillonneur Hunter Chase

Carillon Concert
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. In 2017, he won fifth prize in the Thomas Rees International Carillon Competition, in Springfield, Illinois. 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 12 Jun

Azurite Duo, Violin & Flute

Azurite Duo, Violin & Flute

Elise Dalleska comes from a family of mathematicians and scientists. She started playing violin when she was 5, and received a bachelor of music degree from Boston University and a master of music in violin performance from Florida State University. She is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, has performed throughout the Chicago area with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and has been heard nationwide on commercials.

Most recently, Elise was nominated for a 3Arts award for her performances in Chicago. She maintains a private teaching studio, is a faculty member at the DePaul University Community Music Division, and is a Citizen Musician, an initiative of Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Tue 12 Jun

Nia Quintet, Jazz

Nia Quintet

The Nia Quintet is a collaboration of five individuals searching for similar things in music, in hopes of obtaining a sense of unity and understanding. Having like-minded individuals reaching progressively toward the same goal—but from different angles—brings a refreshing new quality to the ensemble. Led by trumpeter/composer Scott Anderson, the Nia Quintet blends together musicians of the highest caliber to present a showcase of melodic interaction and improvisation. The first of their two albums, End of Time, released on Blujazz Records, received rave reviews from national publications such as JazzTimes, Improv and Cadence magazine. The second album Earth Sign also received rave reviews and was the catalyst for their newest endeavor, moving the groups’ direction into different territories and adding the newest members of the group, Paul Mutzabaugh and Jon Deitemyer. Look for their newest recording on Scholz Productions, which will be released in 2018, featuring a new twist on a group of musicians looking to expand their musical horizons.

Wed 13 Jun

The Boogers

The Boogers

The Boogers are the brainchild of Dr. Paul Crowe. Fatherhood, a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, and 20 years of sloggin' it in wretched clubs as a punk rocker—even opening for Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone—formed Paul's vision of the Boogers. Debuting in 2008, their first CD, Road to Rock, received a National Parenting Publications Gold Award (highest honor). 2010’s Let's Go! was named one of the top kids’ albums by Daily Candy Kids National, and their third CD, Extractum Victoris, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. They have appeared all over the country, and when they aren't with their families, prefer to be on the road, bringing their unique brand of rock to kids and their rockin' parents.

Thu 14 Jun

The Shagadelics, 70s disco

The Shagadelics

The Shagadelics will liven up your party, wedding, or night club 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. So don’t forget your polyester, platform shoes, and your bling…you’ll need it to keep up with these boys!

Mon 18 Jun

Carillonneur Helen Hawley

Carillon Concert
Helen Hawley

Helen Hofmeister Hawley received her carillon instruction at the University of Kansas as a student of Albert Gerken. She is a carillonneur member of the GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) and is currently a member of the Barnes Committee. She has performed carillon recitals in 16 states, including International Festivals in Springfield, Illinois, and at the Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida, as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands. She represented the GCNA with a recital at the World Carillon Congress at St. Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium, and has played GCNA Congress recitals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Hawley holds both bachelor’s and master of music degrees in organ performance from the University of Kansas and has done post-graduate study in Cologne, Germany, as a recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship awarded through the Fulbright Committee. She currently serves as minister of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she directs all of the choirs, a wind ensemble, and a string ensemble, and is the principal organist.

Tue 19 Jun

Glencoe Academy of Music
Nate Lepine Trio

Nate Lepine Trio

Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Nate Lepine has been working and performing for more than 20 years, participating in several notable ensembles that make up the rich Chicago jazz landscape. Currently he is leading two new ensembles, the Nate Lepine Quartet and the Nate Lepine Trio, while also performing with the Nick Mozzarella Quintet, the Quin Kirchner Group, and the critically-acclaimed jazz ensemble, Herculaneum. In the 1990s, Lepine played with one of Chicago’s most revered bands, the NRG Ensemble. He has recorded, performed, and toured internationally with Cursive, Iron and Wine, Smog, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Afghan Wings, 10,000 Maniacs, Pete Yorn, Bobby Bare Jr., Poi Dog Pondering, David Amram, Manishevitz, Sister Machine Gun, and others. He is currently working on an album with his quartet.

Tue 19 Jun

Incendio Band, Spanish Guitar

Incendio Band

The acclaimed Los-Angeles-based group Incendio performs original world guitar compositions. Formed in 1999, the group has nine CDs and two DVDs available internationally, variously hitting the Billboard, CMJ, NAV, and Amazon.com charts. Incendio is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar, guitar synth), Liza Carbe (bass, guitar) and Tim Curle (drums). Averaging more than 150 shows a year since 2000, Incendio’s live performance is an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., California World Festival, the national Levitt Pavilions and many more across the United States. Albums include O Night Divine and The Shape of Dreams. Their music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, and other streaming outlets.

Wed 20 Jun

Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason

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. As Farmer Jason, he has released four records and a DVD and has a show on PBS that has earned four Emmy nominations and one 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.

Thu 21 Jun

Cadillac Groove, R&B, soul, and funk

Cadillac Groove

There are sweet grooves, good grooves and great grooves—then there’s the Cadillac Groove. Jump into the purple caddy for a fun ride through southern rock, blues, R&B, soul, and points in between. You’ll find yourself singing along as Cadillac Groove puts their unique, high-energy touch on the songs you know and love. There’s a reason Cadillac Groove is one of the hardest working bands in Illinois— they know how to “bring it” every time they step on the stage! Cadillac Groove’s top-shelf musicians take their unique party-sound blend of blues, funk, soul, rock, and R&B all over the Chicago area. Nothing beats a ride with the Cadillac!

Fri 22 Jun

David Chiriboga Spanish Guitar Duo

David Chiriboga Spanish Guitar Duo

Based in Chicago, David Chiriboga performs locally and nationally as a solo guitarist and with his ensembles. They primarily play Flamenco & Spanish guitar music. However, you may also hear some popular Latin, Jazz, or Rock songs covered in their style and arrangements.

Mon 25 Jun

Carillonneur Sue Bergren

Carillon Concert
Sue Bergren

Sue Bergren is 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, guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, and recently played several recitals in Australia. She served on the GCNA board of directors for six years, and was co-editor of Carillon News for more than ten years. She is also the owner of American Carillon Music Editions, a publishing company of carillon music.

Tue 26 Jun

Highland Park Strings Trio
Chamber Music

Highland Park Strings Trio

The Highland Park Strings Trio is made up of members of the Highland Park Strings, which is now celebrating its 39th Season. The Highland Park Strings provides community concerts free of charge, where families, friends, and North Shore neighbors gather for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at the highest level. The trio (violin, viola, and cello) perform a program entitled "The Magic Carpet," which consists of short, light, classical pieces from around the world, including Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece, Ireland, and more. It is real crowd pleaser!

Tue 26 Jun

Bopology, Swing

Bopology

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. 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 27 Jun

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a group of musicians and educators who write original music for children and families. Their performances take kids on an energetic and engaging musical journey, featuring songs that explore themes of friendship, community, and self-expression. The band has performed at schools, parks, libraries, and private events throughout Illinois and they are an official touring artist for Urban Gateways—the premier community arts programming organization for youth in Chicago. Animal Farm's new album, We Are One, will be available in early 2018.

Thu 28 Jun

Rosie & the Rivets, 1950s and 1960s

Rosie & the Rivets

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 & 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 & roll. This is not your typical oldies band. This is a high octane show you don't want to miss. 

Mon 2 Jul

Carillonneur Carol Anne Taylor

Carillon Concert
Carol Anne Taylor

Carol Anne Taylor is director of children’s choirs and carillonneur at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, Texas. She is also assistant organist/choirmaster and director of children’s choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas. In addition to Carol Anne's work with children, she has served as associate director of music/accompanist for the Sunday Spanish Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dallas. While earning her master of music degree at the University of North Texas, she was invited by audition into the organ studio of Madame Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier, visiting professor of organ (1992). Carol Anne serves on the board of directors for RSCM America and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. As recipient of the 2010 Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship, she arranged 15 hymns in a collection entitled The Spanish Liturgical Year for Carillon. An avid runner, Carol Anne has completed 39 marathons including the 2016 Boston, Chicago, and New York City marathons. Carol Anne resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Sterling Procter.

Tue 3 Jul

Common Knowledge
Harp & Guitar Duo

Common Knowledge

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 3 Jul

Rio Bamba, Brazilian Jazz

Rio Bamba

Rio Bamba is 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, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Wed 4 Jul

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots present fun, funky music for kids and young families. They love to make their shows an engaging, interactive experience that features lots of instruments (Ben plays more than ten instruments!). Tatar holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in jazz composition. Their debut album Food! is available for digital download on iTunes.

Thu 5 Jul

Final Say, top 40 from 60s to today

Final Say

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 energizing corporate events. 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 9 Jul

Carillonneur Eddy Mariën

Carillon Concert

Eddy Mariën is an instructor at the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn in Mechelen, Belgium. He is also the carillonneur for St. Rombout’s Cathedral in that city, as well as the carillonneur for the cities of Meise and Halle.

Tue 10 Jul

Midwest Young Artists
Chamber Music

Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is among the Midwest’s most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble programs, 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 10 Jul

Nine Worlds Ensemble, Contemporary Classical

Nine Worlds Ensemble

Nine Worlds Ensemble has a unique approach to chamber music. With backgrounds in classical, jazz, pop, rock, and more, Nine Worlds bring a diverse approach to music performance. This approach to music results in the accessibility of pop music, the improvisation of jazz, the groove of world music, and the sensitivity and emotion of classical music. Nine Worlds features unique instrumentation: violin, marimba, acoustic guitar, piano, upright bass, and percussion that delivers a wealth of musical colors to enjoy. Equally comfortable in the club and the concert hall, the members of Nine Worlds aim to bring their eclectic brand of chamber music to a wide variety of venues and listeners while breaking the mold of expectations.

Wed 11 Jul

Human Tim Robot Tim

Human Tim Robot Tim

Human-Tim sings and plays the guitar, while Robot-Tim dances, marches, and makes jokes that may or may not be funny. With the help of their Noisy Friends, they put on a high-energy, interactive family show with horns, drums, puppets, and costumes. They have released two CDs of original music: Pop Of The Tots! in 2009, and You Are An Astronaut in 2013. Musically, the band encompasses a broad range of styles and influences, falling somewhere on the indie-rockin’, twangy, electro-folk spectrum. They have played their fun and friendly music at a variety of Chicago area venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Field Museum, and Millennium Park, along with a wide assortment of preschools, libraries, festivals, and music clubs.

Thu 12 Jul

R-Gang, motown

R-Gang

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 bring years of industry experience, instrumental chops, and outstanding vocals.

Mon 16 Jul

Carillonneur Joanna Stroz

Carillon Concert

Joanna Stroz

Tue 17 Jul

Country Doctors, Honky-Tonk Country

Country Doctors

The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as a vintage honky-tonk band. Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music. They feature great vocalists and do lots of arranged harmonies. They also perform original songs written in the style of the folks who influenced their music, such as Hank Sr., Merle Haggard, George and Tammy, Loretta Lynn, and so many more. Their musicians are top notch, with a great rhythm section and soloists. The Country Doctors have played virtually every club in the Chicago area that has live country music including Fitzgeralds, the Hideout, Joe’s on Weed, and lots of street fests. They’ve played Taste of Chicago (opening Country Music Day w/ Loretta Lynn as headliner) and have been twice nominated for a Chicago Music Award as Best Country-Western Entertainer. They have two CDs on the independent Medical Records label.

Wed 18 Jul

Super Stolie and the Rockstars *Bilingual 

Super Stolie

Super Stolie returns to Dancin’ Sprouts with two shows in one! First, get a taste of ¡Super Stolie Guacamole! Incorporating her love of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, enjoy this Spanish-English bilingual show for the whole family, featuring translated original songs and stories in both languages, Spanish versions of traditional and popular songs, a family dance party, and a live guacamole-making demonstration and tasting. Stolie will give instruction, sing and read in both English and Spanish including teaching key words. Then, get the whole family ready to get up and sing and dance to your favorite Super Stolie songs with Super Stolie and The Rockstars!

Thu 19 Jul

Roots Rock Society, reggae

Roots Rock Society

International recording artists and award-winning ensemble Roots Rock Society was formed in 1986 by brothers Stann and Sinko Champion. The band’s one-of-a-kind sound combines the rhythms of the African diaspora, such as reggae, calypso, compa, and zouk with lyrics that reflect family, culture, heritage, and community. From the beginning, Stann’s goal was to maintain his African-Caribbean-American heritage and culture through voice, music, and dance in order to heal and reach with sound and movement. Nominated for the Chicago Music Awards’ Best Reggae Band in 1999, Roots Rock Society has performed with Ziggy Marley at the Milwaukee Summerfest and the Bellamy Brothers at the  Minnesota State Fair. Having opened for performers such as Natalie Cole and with their self-released CD Again receiving airplay on 200 radio stations from Papua New Guinea to Africa and Europe, it’s no wonder that critics have named Roots Rock Society one of the nation’s best.

Mon 23 Jul

Carillonneur Laura Ellis

Carillon Concert
Laura Ellis

Laura Ellis is an associate professor of music in the School of Music at the University of Florida. She teaches undergraduate and graduate organ, harpsichord, and carillon and performs regularly on the 61-bell Eijsbouts carillon housed in Century Tower on the UF campus. Ellis is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and holds a master of music degree in church music and a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas. Her major organ teachers have been William Kuhlman and James Higdon. While in residence at the University of Kansas, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. A carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Ellis serves as director of the Music and Publications Committee. In June 2010, Ellis achieved carillonneur status in the guild by performing a successful advancement exam in Naperville, Illinois. She has performed throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia and has provided solo recitals for the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, and the annual congress of the GCNA.

Tue 24 Jul

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
Merit Jazz Combo

Midwest Young Artists Jazz

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 24 Jul

Fernandez & Kimball, Spanish Guitar

Fernandez & Kimball

The Fernandez & Kimball Spanish Guitar Trio share a love for Spanish guitar music and have 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 25 Jul

Amy Lowe

Amy Lowe

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Lowe has captivated audiences from concert halls to schools internationally. Her lively music weaves stories and rhythms from all over the world. Her recordings have been heard on radio, internet radio, and television, and have been recommended by Booklist, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

Thu 26 Jul

El Payo, flamenco

El Payo

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.

Fri 27 Jul

Robert Mayfield, Classical Guitar

Robert Mayfield, Classical Guitar

Robert Mayfield, trained in the craft of classical guitar, has been playing the Chicagoland area for the last decade. He has spent his career playing in several bands of various styles, classical guitar ensembles and solo classical guitar for weddings and private events. Before his playing career, he studied classical guitar performance at Columbia College Chicago. He currently teaches at GEMS World Academy as a general music teacher for grades preschool-fourth. He resides in Berwyn with his wife Dorothy and beloved dog Theo.  

Mon 30 Jul

Carillonneur Margaret Pan 

Carillon Concert
Margaret Pan

Margaret Pan began studying carillon in 2007 with Robin Austin at Princeton University and passed the carillonneur’s exam of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 2008. She graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2012 as a student of Eddy Marien, Koen Cosaert, and Erik Vandevoort, and was a carillon fellow with Geert D'hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Currently, Margaret is a freelance carillonneur in the Boston area, and she practices and plays regularly at Cohasset and Norwood. She has played recitals across North America, Belgium, and the Netherlands, including at the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, and the 2014 GCNA congress in Denver, Colorado. Margaret won first and second prizes respectively at international carillon competitions in Springfield, Illinois, and Groningen, the Netherlands. She also serves as juror on the GCNA exam committee. Margaret holds physics and astrophysics degrees from MIT and Caltech and is currently back at MIT doing research on planetary dynamics and planet formation in our and other solar systems.

Tue 31 Jul

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet was founded in 2012, and 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.

Tue 31 Jul

Alyssa Allgood Quartet, Jazz

Alyssa Allgood Quartet

Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition held in Washington, D.C. She was also named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago, a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition. Her debut album, Out of the Blue, reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. The album received wide critical acclaim and was hailed by eight different publications, including The Huffington Post, All About Jazz and The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Allgood’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing.

Photo by Ryan Bennett Photography

Wed 1 Aug

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Perfect for preschoolers through age 8, Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. The interactive performance features well-known farm songs as well as original tunes like "Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs" and "Keepin' it Pesticide Free," and teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin' their boots and hollerin' for more. Sing, dance, laugh, and learn with Miss Jamie and her farmyard friends.

Thu 2 Aug

Saturday June Band, classic rock & roll

Saturday June Band

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

Mon 6 Aug

Carillonneur Bob van der Linde

Carillon Concert
Bob van der Linde

Bob van der Linde received his first organ lessons from Roy Kroezen in Zwolle. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2017 and is studying for his master’s degree in organ and church music at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. He won prizes in carillon competitions in Goes, Breda, and Springfield. Bob is organist/conductor at the Old-Catholic Church in Hilversum and the Anglican Church in Zwolle, and his newest position is as city carillonneur of the Eusebius tower in Arnhem.

Tue 7 Aug

Folias Duo
Guitar & Flute

Folias Duo

Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators, and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan, known as the Folias Duo. This nomadic husband and wife duo have performed on stages throughout the United States and around the globe including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile. They have a fearless approach to developing new original compositions for flute and guitar, an expertise for arrangements of Argentine tango, and a passion for South American folk. Some recent highlights include the Detroit Scarab Club Chamber Music Series’ presentation of the duo’s arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Angel Suite for flute, guitar, and string quartet and the Grand Rapids Art Museum Classical Series’ presentation of all original music and arrangements from the duo’s 2017 Dreaming to Live release. The Folias Duo has performed live music for milongas (social tango dances) in more than forty cities throughout the world.

Since 2005, Bergeron and Maret have operated their label and publishing company Folias Music where they also host a podcast called Folias Music Live and maintain a blog that documents their worldwide exploration of food and nature. As educators, Bergeron and Maret have been feature performers, guest lecturers, and music business presenters at Wayne State University, Cornerstone University, Central Michigan University, and Michigan State University.

Tue 7 Aug

Callaloo, Latin/Caribbean

Callaloo

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 8 Aug

The Exceptionals *a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences; All children welcome.

The Exceptionals

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 and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Thu 9 Aug

Second Time Around, classic rock

Second Time Around

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. Today, just as it was 40 years ago, people listened to and enjoyed this classic rock music. Time has passed but has not faded the ageless music that Second Time Around keeps alive!

Mon 13 Aug

Carillonneur Steven Karp 

Carillon Concert
Steven Karp

Steven Karp is assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also enjoys the use of their two carillons. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017, where he studied carillon with Jeff Davis. Karp became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America in 2017, and will play recitals this summer in Ottawa, Toronto, and Chicago. He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tue 14 Aug

Midwest Young Artists
Lang Lang Scholars

Midwest Young Artists Lang Lang Scholars

The Lang Lang Young Scholars are exceptional young pianists personally selected by 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 for its annual Summer Music Summit in Chicago. Every August since 2012, Young Scholars and MYAC students have worked together in a weeklong celebration of music. Scholars and students are placed in chamber music ensembles, assigned a piano concerto, and receive daily coaching from MYAC maestro Dr. Allan Dennis. The Scholars stay with MYAC families, building friendships and laying the groundwork for a network of musicians that will last a lifetime.

Tue 14 Aug

My Sweet Patootie, Contemporary Roots & Ragtime

My Sweet Patootie

My Sweet Patootie is contemporary roots and ragtime at its best, bringing tight harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle, and junkyard percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, this internationally touring band of razzmatazz raconteurs deliver an upbeat, vaudeville-style stage show with quality musicianship and humorous banter.

Photo by Sandra Swannell

Wed 15 Aug

Zak Morgan

Zak Morgan

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, Zak 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 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 16 Aug

Pirates over 40, tropical rock

Pirates over 40

Since 1999, the Pirates Over 40 have been successfully entertaining audiences all over the Midwest with fun and energetic renditions of your tropical favorites, including Jimmy Buffett, mixed with an eclectic variety of oldies and classic rock, all performed in our own uniquely tropical-flavored style. From festivals to private parties, from corporate events to neighborhood clubs, the Pirates Over 40 are sure to please when your needs call for a fun-filled atmosphere of a tropical getaway. These seasoned veterans of some of Chicago’s top bands, each with an average of 25 years performing, touring, and recording experience, bring the professionalism and depth of experience that guarantees the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show are every bit as smooth and polished as the show itself.

Mon 20 Aug

Carillonneur Wylie Crawford

Carillon Concert
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. The senior university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, Crawford served 32 years as the university carillonneur, and 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 president of the World Carillon Federation (www.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 21 Aug

Glencoe Academy of Music
Kapsalis & Bendfeldt Guitar Duo

Kapsalis & Bendfeldt Guitar Duo

In their rewarding musical partnership, Kapsalis and Bendfeldt combine their talents for a unique and inspiring listening experience. Kapsalis draws from his Latin jazz, Balkan, and flamenco influences to interpret Bendfeldt’s already-accomplished South American, romantic, classical, and Spanish sound. Both have been performing artists for more than two decades and have performed in national and international festivals. Carlos Bendfeldt received his master’s degree in guitar performance from the Juilliard School of Music and owns Glencoe Academy of Music.

Tue 21 Aug

Brass from the Past, R&B and Soul

Brass from the Past

A tribute to the legends of Rock & Soul music, 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! Covering Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, Four Tops, Temptations, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and more.

Wed 22 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwis

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 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 this year's Grammy winner, Tim Kubart.  Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended."

Thu 23 Aug

Jimmy Nick, blues

Jimmy Nick

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.

Fri 24 Aug

Silver-Rose Flute and Guitar Duo

Silver-Rose Flute and Guitar Duo

Award-winning concert flutist Kim Fleuchaus and internationally-performing guitarist Julie Goldberg blend the fiery, emotive 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. Kim and Julie began their duo while pursuing graduate degrees at Northwestern University. Each have gone on to earn critical acclaim as soloist and chamber musicians.

Mon 27 Aug

Carillonneur Joey Brink

Carillon Concert
Joey Brink

Joey Brink is the sixth university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs on the 72-bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs a carillon studio of 20 students. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and co-chairs the Johan Franco composition committee to promote new works for carillon. Brink began his carillon studies at Yale University with Ellen Dickinson in 2007; graduated with greatest distinction from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2012; and studied further with Geert D’hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. He received first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen, and has toured North America and Europe extensively as a performer. Brink is regularly a recitalist at congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and the World Carillon Federation, most recently as a soloist with the Barcelona Municipal Symphonic Band. He performed the 50th anniversary recital at University of California, Riverside, and the inaugural recital at Salisbury University. He released his first album, Letters from the Sky, alongside his performance at Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival, in 2016. He is additionally interested in the design of practice carillons, and has published and presented on his work to improve the functionality and affordability of practice instruments. He and his wife, Vera Wünsche Brink, perform duet carillon recitals, and are avid outdoor enthusiasts, spending much of their free time camping, hiking, and canyoneering on the Colorado Plateau.

Tue 28 Aug

Music Institute of Chicago

Music Institute of Chicago

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. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove.

Tue 28 Aug

Fernandez & Kimball, Spanish Guitar

Fernandez & Kimball

The Fernandez & Kimball Spanish Guitar Trio share a love for Spanish guitar music and have 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 29 Aug

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan never does anything halfway. A longtime member of Chicago’s alternative music scene, Istvan went all-out in the children’s arena after being inspired by the birth of his daughter, Evie, who often joins him onstage to play his Parent’s Choice-award-winning songs. He’s committed to rocking the kids and families of Chicago with his energetic brand of pop, country, punk, and rock. When he’s not on stage with huge inflatable toys, bouncing beach balls, and bubbles galore, he’s helping craft his blast-off brand of toys, clothing, and music videos. Catch him on the radio, catch him at a concert, just catch Istvan, if you can find his Imaginary Band.

Thu 30 Aug

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s, blues/swing

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s have been rocking the Chicago are for the past 13 years. They bring a fresh sound to the Chicago blues scene. They a play a mix of Chicago blues, swing and vintage rock ‘n' roll. It is always an upbeat show that gets everyone out of their seats.

Mon 3 Sep

Carillonneur Jim Fackenthal

Carillon Concert
Jim Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal has worked for many years at the University of Chicago as a cancer researcher and 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.

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