The first signs of spring in Chicago brings Rush Hour to many people’s minds.

As our season brochure is about to go to print, I thought I’d share a few of our 2011 summer season highlights with you to warm up these still (mostly) chilly days!

Our opening concert on June 7 features the second of
Brahms’ string sextets, Op. 36 (the first of which opened our 2010 season to great acclaim).

Back by popular demand for the third time at Rush Hour, mezzo-soprano Emily Lodine returns in the role of Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s mini-opera “Bon Appétit!: How to Make Julia Child’s Deliciously Decadent Chocolate Cake” on July 19.

CSO Principal Trumpet Chris Martin will be featured on our July 26 program with music both old and new for trumpet, organ, and strings, including music of Henry Purcell and contemporary American composer Eric Ewazen.

And on August 9, the Poetry Foundation will again partner with Rush Hour on a program devoted to poetry from Russia paired with the piano preludes of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Click here to view the full schedule of 2011 summer season concerts.

We look forward to welcoming you at St. James Cathedral beginning June 7!

– Deborah Sobol
Artistic Director

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