Rush Hour opened its 11th season with an enchanting performance of Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in B-Flat Major No. 1, Op. 18, featuring Nathan Cole, violin; Akiko Tarumoto, violin; Carol Cook, viola; Yukiko Ogura, viola; Kenneth Olsen, cello; and Brant Taylor, cello.

This week’s concert event was sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Germany in Chicago.

(Pictured in rehearsal from left to right) Akiko Tarumoto, violin; Nathan Cole, violin; Kenneth Olsen, cello; Brant Taylor, cello; Carol Cook, viola; Yukiko Ogura, viola.

Cookies from the Austrian Bakery and strawberries wait to be devoured at the pre-concert reception.

(Pictured from left to right) Deborah Sobol, Artistic and Executive Director, with Onno Hückmann, Consul General of Germany in Chicago, and Janice G. Lorch, President of the Rush Hour Board.

Cellist Brant Taylor (right) chats with friends during the pre-concert reception.

Over 450 concertgoers enjoy refreshments while mingling before the June 1 concert.

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