Rush Hour’s A Cello Celebration on June 19 was a HUGE success! Thanks to all of you (more than 400!!!) who came to the concert! We hope each of you enjoyed the cello-fest , featuring six tremendous cellists – Stephen Balderston, Abe Feder, Micah Fusselman, Richard Hirschl, Ken Olsen and Brant Taylor – performing  Bryan Kelly‘s Spanish Pieces and Edvard Grieg‘s Holberg Suite.

Stay tuned for Rush Hour’s first ever podcast (to be posted soon) – recorded during a discussion between the cellists and Rush Hour Artistic Director Deborah Sobol before the concert – on debunking the stereotypes of classical music and its relevance in today’s fast-paced, iPod-obsessed culture.

Guests mingling during our pre-concert reception.

 What do a Korean composer, an English ethnomusicologist and a Chicago techie have in common? Free food, wine and music!

Cellists Micah Fusselman and Abe Feder meeting guests during the pre-concert reception.

 Brant Taylor, cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, talking briefly about Bryan Kelly’s Spanish Pieces.


 The Rush Hour crowd pushed St. James Cathedral’s maximum capacity today! Seats were filled by 5:45 p.m., and there was only standing room left!

A great big – well-deserved – ovation for our cellists!

Guests leaving Rush Hour – remember to keep your programs and coupons for the special Rush Hour discount at Argo Tea and Bijan’s Bistro!


 Rush Hour artists, staff and guests at Bijan’s Bistro after the concert. 20% off the total bill at Bijan’s with a Rush Hour coupon – we hope to see you there next week!

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