Part of the city-wide celebration of the Burnham Plan Centennial, this week’s Rush Hour concert, “EVERYDAY PEOPLE,” featured the poetry of Chicago native Kevin Coval and the music of American composers Charles Ives and George Gershwin.

Poet Kevin Coval performed three Chicago-themed poems: “late to you on the blue line,” originally written for a 2007 Rush Hour concert event, and “but the yellow line” and “kiss me beneath the red line”, both of which were written for Tuesday’s concert. Pianist James Giles alternated music with the poetry, performing “The Alcotts” movement of Charles Ives’ Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” and George Gershwins’ three Preludes for Piano.

Rush Hour especially thanks the Poetry Foundation for their support of Tuesday’s concert event.

Poet Kevin Coval, Artistic Director Deborah Sobol, and pianist James Giles

James Giles pauses to autograph a book for a fan after the concert

Kevin Coval runs through his new poems written specifically for the Rush Hour concert

Concertgoers beat the heat with tasty iced teas courtesy of Argo Tea

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