Tuesday Morning Music Schedule

Tue 9 Jun

Midwest Young Artists: The Merit Jazz Combo

Midwest Young Artists: The Merit Jazz Combo

Tuesday, June 9
10 – 11 a.m.

The Merit Jazz Combo is the top improvising group at Midwest Young Artists. Selected based on ability and dedication, these scholarship high school musicians are on their first step to a professional career. Directed by Chris Madsen, this group has regular coachings with some of the best jazz musicians in Chicago and the country. Past guest coaches included John Clayton, Joan Hickey, Joel Spencer, Rajiv Halim, Marlene Rosenberg, Justin Thomas, Marques Carroll and Lage Lund. This past January, the Merit Combo had the opportunity to perform with jazz drummer Matt Wilson.

Tue 16 Jun

Music Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, June 16
10 - 11 a.m.

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Teaching thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience, presenting concerts and training the musicians of the future, the Music Institute has created a unique musical community where all are welcome. As one of the largest community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute of Chicago offers musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, including a profoundly meaningful creative arts therapy program.

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute's world-class music teachers provide the highest quality music education to students at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Downers Grove, and in Chicago at Fourth Presbyterian Church near Water Tower Plaza.

Tue 23 Jun

Common Knowledge

Tuesday, June 23
10 – 11 a.m.

Common Knowledge is a Chicago-based harp and guitar duo. Harpist Michael Maganuco and guitarist Alex Sokol perform a wide-range of musical repertoire encompassing such genres as Brazilian, classical, jazz, and popular contemporary. Their mesmerizing sound of amplified plucked strings delivers unique and memorable live performances.

Tue 30 Jun

Bamboo Melody

Bamboo Melody

Tuesday, June 30
10 – 11 a.m.

Kerry Leung is a Chinese multi-instrumentalist. He is a member of the Chinese Music Society of North America. He began his music studies at age 12 in China. He has been called “the Chinese One-Man Band” in the Chicago area. In the United States, some of his music performances include the following:  pipa and bamboo flute with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; a flute recording for a “Sound from the Vaults” performance for the Field Museum; and pipa, erhu, and flute with the Silk and Bamboo ensemble in the Ravinia Festival.

Tue 7 Jul

Flamenco Duo

Flamenco Duo

Tuesday, July 7
10 – 11 a.m.

David Chiriboga and Hugo Salcedo have been playing guitar since their early childhood. With a passion for flamenco, they have attended workshops and private studies on the subject throughout southern Spain. The duo plays throughout the Chicago area and nationally. They are also part of a larger group, El Payo y la Tiranta, which includes vocals and dance.

Following the concert, please stay for a tour of the Sensory Garden and an introduction to horticultural therapy with the Garden’s director of horticultural therapy, Barb Kreski.

Tue 14 Jul

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists

Tuesday, July 14
10 – 11 a.m.

The history of Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is a story of a compelling mission, dedication and hard work. The organization was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. Fifty five students showed up for the first rehearsal and were divided into a Junior and Senior Orchestra. A number of the older, more advanced students played in the Senior Orchestras and mentored in the Junior Orchestra, thereby establishing a tradition of cultivating leadership that continues as a core MYA principle today.

Initially renting space at the Lake Forest Country Day School, MYA is now housed in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and has grown into the premier music ensemble program in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the country.

MYA reaches over 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging in age from 2nd through 12th grades. Featuring 9 youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, 4 choral ensembles, 4 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. In 2011, Early Childhood Development classes were added to introduce toddlers and their families to the joys of music and movement. The focus on family is another of MYA's core principles.

However, at MYA it's more than just the music. MYA makes a difference in the lives of its students, their families and their communities by encouraging camaraderie, respect and hard work as well as dedication to the pursuit of excellence. MYA is a place where students are able to grow, using music, in a socially supportive, educationally nurturing, socially responsible and organizationally secure environment.

Following the concert, please stay for a tour of the Sensory Garden, and an introduction to horticultural therapy with the Garden’s director of horticultural therapy, Barb Kreski.

Tue 21 Jul

Avanti Guitar Trio

Avanti Guitar Trio

Tuesday, July 21
10 - 11 a.m.

Rooted in the classical guitar tradition, the Avanti Trio performs an eclectic variety of music including repertoire from the Renaissance through Romantic eras, music from Spain and Latin America, arrangements of folk tunes and Latin jazz, and contemporary compositions composed specifically for the Avanti Guitar Trio.

Tue 28 Jul

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Tuesday, July 28
10 - 11 a.m.

Since its formation in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has presented innovative and charismatic performances on concert stages across the country.The Quartet is building bridges between traditional chamber music and the unique harp ensemble by commissioning and creating new works as well as transforming classics. Members of this dynamic quartet have performed across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, the CHQ brings an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.

Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world's greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony. Members of CHQ have also participated in a wide range of summer music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, YOA Orchestra of the Americas and Pacific Music Festival.

During the 2013-14 Season CHQ celebrated the release of their debut CD, Soirées d'été, named after their first commission by Bernard Andrès. CHQ has previously performed at the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival, LIVE from WFMT and as special featured performers at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans. The Chicago Harp Quartet established their own Composition Competition in 2014, and as a result will premiere Tattered Skies, by Hilary Purrington during the 2014-15 Season.

During the 2014-15 Season the quartet looks forward to collaborations with several composers creating new works for harp quartet, an exciting multidisciplinary project with Mozawa, a featured performance at the 2015 Lyon & Healy Summer Music Festival, and their debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.

Tue 4 Aug

Highland Park Strings Trio

Highland Park Strings Trio

Tuesday, August 4
10 – 11 a.m.

Members of the The Highland Park Strings Trio are musicians from the Highland Park Strings, which just completed its celebratory 35th season. The Trio (violin, viola, and cello) performs a program entitled “The Magic Carpet,” consisting of short light classical pieces from around the world—including Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Ireland. It is a real crowd pleaser!

Tue 11 Aug

Tom Stevens

Tom Stevens

Tuesday, August 11
10 – 11 a.m.

Pianist/composer Thomas Winthrop Stevens has been presenting his attractive synthesis of classical tradition and contemporary sensibility to Chicago-area audiences for more than 30 years. His music has been heard in concerts, nightclubs, and coffeehouses throughout the area and on radio broadcasts throughout the United States and the Netherlands.

 

Tue 18 Aug

Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia

Tuesday, August 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Brazilian-born, Chicago-based musician, composer, and arranger Paulinho Garcia is well-known in the Chicago area, the United States, and abroad for his Brazilian music. Garcia was the recipient of the Best International Brazilian Vocalist Award, 2012, by the Brazilian International Press; Chicagoan of the Year in jazz, 2010, by the Chicago Tribune; Brazilian Person of the Year, 2010, by the Brazil Club; and Chicago's Best Jazz Entertainer, 2001, by the Annual Chicago Music Award. He has toured three-quarters of the world as a recording musician and Brazilian music clinician. Garcia also is part of the faculty at Roosevelt University and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

 

Tue 25 Aug

Martha Gay

Martha Gay

Tuesday, August 25
10 – 11 a.m.

Martha Gay has been a performing harpist for more than 30 years and has been a member of the musical group Cantiga since 1986. In 1991, she and the other members of Cantiga formed the New World Renaissance Band with troubadour Owain Phyfe. Gay plays Irish airs, Renaissance dance music, and medieval melodies, particularly the thirteenth-century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

In 2010, Gay walked 500 miles through France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, performing medieval harp concerts along the way. She has recorded almost a dozen CDs with Cantiga and the New World Renaissance Band.

Tue 1 Sep

The Silverwood Duo

The Silverwood Duo

Tuesday, September 1
10 – 11 a.m.

Kim Fleuchaus has been heard on commercials, radio, stage, film, and CD recordings. As a symphony musician, she has performed with many orchestras, including the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Elgin, Rockford, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras, the South Carolina and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cube Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles and orchestras. She holds music degrees from Northwestern and Bethel Universities, and has performed at both the Kennedy Center and the White House. She is a founding member of the Sapphire Winds Woodwind Quintet and performs in numerous other chamber ensembles. An active freelance musician, she performs throughout the U.S. and Canada on the flute and the Egyptian nay.  In addition to teaching at Trinity Christian College, she is the Flute Choir Director for School District 219 and maintains private teaching studios in Niles and Lincolnshire.

In addition to teaching at Dominican University, Bob Sherman serves as Guitar Department Chair at the Merit School of Music. He also teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music as well as at his private teaching studio in Oak Park. Prior teaching engagements include the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Sherwood Conservatory at Columbia College, and Brookline Music School. He studied guitar and jazz at Indiana University with Ernesto Bitetti, Luis Zea, David Baker, and Pat Harbison. He's honored to have shared the studio and stage with many wonderful musicians and continues to perform as a soloist and in various ensembles in the Chicago area. He lives with his wife and three children in Oak Park.

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