All Day Friday, August 23, with music and special guests
On Friday, August 23, from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, we welcome special guests from throughout the music community, who’ll profile their ensembles through recordings and conversation with WFMT hosts.
Friday, August 23, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
9:00 AM -10:00 AM
THE NORTHBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The NSO is a professional metropolitan symphony orchestra providing classical concerts of high quality, creative innovation, and interesting themes. At each concert, Maestro Rapchak provides insightful, passionate, and humorous commentary from the stage that sets the music in its historial, social, and political perspective. These elements combine to offer a unique and enriching concert experience. Come to hear some of the best music ever written!
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
Jennifer Marlas, Viola
Judy Stone, Cello
Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet
Diana Schmück, Piano
Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE is celebrating its 20th season. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” With the possibilities inherent in its unique combination of instruments—piano, string trio and clarinet—Orion offers exciting interpretations of standard repertoire, introduces audiences to rarely performed masterpieces and inspires composers with commissions for new works.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Haymarket Opera Company aspires to enrich the musical community of Chicago and the Midwest with performances of 17th and 18th century operas. Chicago does not have an opera company that specializes in the repertoire from the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment. The board of directors, donors, and volunteers of HOC believe that the company will become a cultural gem of the city and region. HOC seeks to engage audiences of all ages with passionate performances of familiar as well as forgotten works.
The Haymarket Opera Company uses a chamber orchestra of period instruments played by top experts in the field, and makes its home at the Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Avenue in Chicago.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
REMBRANDT CHAMBER PLAYERS
Founded in the fall of 1990, the Rembrandt Chamber Players (RCP) is composed of some of the finest musicians in the Chicago area, including members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque. The ensemble successfully maintains an unusually wide repertoire, performing Baroque music in a historically informed manor, to 21st century compositions with eclectic instrumentations. RCP has, since its inception, actively commissioned twelve works by renowned composers from the Chicago area and beyond.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Since their first concert in 2007 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ondas Ensemble has been delighting audiences with their inventive and unique programming of new and historic works.
Ondas – which means “waves” in both Spanish and Portuguese, also means “cool” or “latest trend.” Ondas works closely with contemporary composers, developing new works for chamber ensemble. Programming includes exciting collaborations with other music groups, guest artists such as Orbert Davis (trumpet), and dancers. Ondas’ performing members bring to the ensemble an impressive array of talent, as well as diversity in background and culture. Our core instrumentation is flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano that expands or contracts depending on the program.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WICKER PARK CHORAL SINGERS
Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Mark Tomasino. The choir now boasts a roster of 40 voices. Since their first concert, they have performed a wide variety of musical selections ranging from the Renaissance music of William Byrd and Orlando di Lasso to the works of today’s leading choral composers. In 2010, Wicker Park Choral Singers performed the world premiere of Chicago composer Eric Malmquist’s choral work ‘Angelus’ – a piece commissioned by the ensemble. In its short history, WPCS has been invited to perform at several Chicago landmarks and institutions, including: Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Evanston Symphony Orchestra
In 1945, an influx of returning GIs filled all of the places in the various Northwestern University orchestras that had previously been open to local musicians. These musicians, some professionals but most dedicated amateurs, wanted an outlet for their musical talents, and thus the Evanston Civic Orchestra came into being. In 1961, the orchestra officially became the Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO) with its incorporation as an Illinois not-for-profit organization. In 1962, Frank Miller, principal cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, became the ESO’s conductor, bringing his expertise of having worked with such greats as Arturo Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, and Pablo Casals. He groomed the volunteer musicians into a highly accomplished community orchestra, which it remains today.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago’s most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner and Wind Division Gold Medal Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet spent 2006-2009 as the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ Professional Development Program Ensemble and continues as CCM’s Outreach and Education Ensemble. Quintet Attacca is also proud to be in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, offering performances, family programming, chamber music coaching and individual lessons.
Quintet Attacca is one of only two wind quintets in the 40-year history of the Fischoff Competition to have received the Grand Prize. Quintet Attacca enjoys presenting concerts that are both accessible and cutting-edge. Programs have included works that reflect the Classical and Romantic eras, as well as jazz and Latin influenced works and pieces by many of today’s leading composers.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Under Music Director David Danzmayr, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the Chicago Southland providing professional, orchestral music of beauty and excellence to the region. The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert venue is Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort. You can get in touch with the IPO by contacting the IPO Box Office 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466, (708) 482-7774
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
CHICAGO FOLKS OPERETTA
Chicago Folks Operetta is devoted to the nurturing of live operetta through articulate and dynamic productions. In the belief that the arts serve to illuminate the human condition, we are dedicated to the revival and development of operetta, a popular and accessible form of music and theater for general audiences. In particular, the CFO concentrates on producing both Viennese and American operettas from the early 20th century.
The company was founded in 2006 by the husband and wife team of Gerald Frantzen and Alison Kelly. Both are accomplished stage performers with wide-ranging credits including performances with Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in addition to leading roles in The Phantom of the Opera. While living in Germany, the pair developed a love and appreciation for the cultural experience of the operetta genre, and they are committed to bringing this same experience to audiences in North America.