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What’s the Rush?

Cellist Brant Tayolor

Cellist Brant Tayolor

LIVE broadcast, Tuesdays at 5:45 PM

North Michigan Avenue offers some of the world’s finest dining, fashion, architecture; it’s also choking on hordes of humanity. People stop in intersections for photos; all the motorists are in a hurry to get through; the pedestrians aren’t. This is not a model of traffic safety; yet the women seem more concerned about hugging their purses, as if they’re going to be attacked by hoodlums (it is a model of how not to look like a tourist). How does one escape this madness?

Well, two blocks from the Apple Store, at the corner of Wabash and Huron, is a beautiful sanctuary where pausing for contemplation will not get you run over. During the summer, Saint James Cathedral hosts a series of mini concerts: the Rush Hour Concerts. The organizers know you’re busy. They also know that at 5:45, you’re probably between activities. The series offers a number of chamber works, poetry, a little vocal music, some works by Bach played on the Cathedral organ—you can hear some of the best musicians Chicago has to offer, and be on your way in 30 minutes. That’s a Rush Hour concert; and admission is FREE.

If you’re on-site, the Cathedral serves light refreshments starting at 5:15 PM. If not, tune in to WFMT for a live broadcast starting at 5:45 PM.

CSO cellist Brant Taylor and Roosevelt University faculty pianist Kung-Hao Huang kick off the series Tuesday at 5:45 PM with a Cello Sonata by Rachmaninoff. WFMT’s Dave Schwan hosts the broadcast.

 

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