We were thrilled to welcome pipa virtuoso Yang Wei to Rush Hour Concerts. He has performed worldwide in the biggest venues (Chicago Symphony Center, Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few), and has toured extensively Yo-Yo Ma as part of the Silk Road Project. Many, many thanks, Yang Wei, for being part of Rush Hour!

More than 200 of you came to the concert despite the gusts of wind and sheets of rain. Thank you all so much for braving the extreme conditions – we hope you enjoyed the moon cakes, sesame cookies, wines, the fantastic performance, and fortune cookies!

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Yang Wei warming up before the pre-concert reception.

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Fanfare Committee‘s gift shop ENSEMBLE is getting bigger and more elaborate by the week! Feel free to contact us for more information about Yang Wei’s recordings with the Silk Road Project, as well as our Rush Hour t-shirts and other recordings by our artists.

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Rush Hour Managing Director Julie Hutchison with the Rev. Dr. Joy Edith Rogers, provost of St. James Cathedral, during the pre-concert reception.

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Kennon and Bob, still a bit wet from the rain… Thanks for coming!

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A great big (not to mention well-deserved!) ovation for Yang Wei. He then surprised everyone with a moving encore of Home on the Range!

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Volunteer Mary with Concert Manager Hannah after the concert – fortune cookies, anyone?

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Yang Wei meeting friends, colleagues and new fans after the concert.

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Deborah Sobol with long-time Rush Hour volunteer Bob Friedli. A successful concert = a happy artistic director!

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