Rush Hour’s 11th concert of the season featured Estonian and Spanish music for cello and voice, performed by Kenneth Olsen, cello; Jonathan Pegis, cello; Linc Smelser, cello; Brant Taylor, cello; and Maire O’Brien, soprano. The program opened with Arvo Pärt’s Fratres before concertgoers were whisked to Spain for a rendition of Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas. The performance was sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago and the Embassy of Spain in Washington, and broadcast on the radio and online by 98.7 WFMT.

(Pictured from left to right) Kenneth Olsen, Brant Taylor, Maire O’Brien, soprano, Linc Smelser, and Jonathan Pegis during the pre-concert WFMT sound check.

Rush Hour Artistic Director Deborah Sobol meets with Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University during the pre-concert reception.

Members of Smith College Alumnae of Chicago visited with Rush Hour staff during the pre-concert reception. (Pictured from left to right) Penny Trowbridge; Anne Girton; Susan Schnell, ’86; Rush Hour intern Eliza Warren, ’10; Sarah Schriber; Rush Hour intern Abigail Kellogg, ’11 and Rush Hour Artistic Director Deborah Sobol, ’72.

fanfare member and Rush Hour volunteer James Weging hands a concertgoer Rush Hour’s annual survey. Audience feedback helps Rush Hour continue to deliver innovative programming and maintain its accessibility and appeal.

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