This week, Rush Hour presented a special extended encore performance of 2007’s “A Cello Celebration” for 6 cellos, which was voted “audience favorite” of Rush Hour’s first nine seasons.

“A CELLO CELEBRATION ENCORE: Cellists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, and Friends” brought cellists Whitney Allen, Stephen Balderston, Mark Brandfonbrener, Richard Hirschl, Kenneth Olsen, Patrick Smith, Gary Stucka, and Brant Taylor, as well as soprano Maire O’Brien and conductor Michael Mulcahy to Rush Hour for a concert of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and No. 1 and an arrangement of Nimrod from the Enigma Variations of Sir Edward Elgar.

Many thanks to the performers and volunteers for creating a spectacular concert event that is sure to be an audience favorite for years to come!

The artists preparing for the evening’s performance

Rush Hour fans braving the downpour to attend the concert event

Artistic Director Deborah Sobol with cellist Brant Taylor

Cellists Brant Taylor and Stephen Balderston with soprano Maire O’Brien

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