A FREE virtual concert series on Tuesdays –
July through September

Beginning in July, we will be sharing performances from artists’ homes as well as performances from PianoForte Chicago and St. James Cathedral during our regular concert time of Tuesdays at 5:45 pm.
TIME:  5:45 pm



July 7 — Chen String Quartet

Robert Chen and Laura Park Chen, violins;
Beatrice Chen, viola; Noah Chen, cello


George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D 703
Florence Price: Folk Songs in Counterpoint

July 14 — Hanford Family

Robert and Sheila Hanford, violins; William Hanford, piano


Maddalena Sirmen: Duet, Op. 5 No. 6
Johan Halvorsen: Concert Caprice on Norwegian Melodies
Dmitri Shostakovich: Polka from Five Pieces

July 21 — Kirk Family

Lewis Kirk, bassoon; Melissa Kirk, viola; Ellie Kirk, harp


Florence Price, arr. L. Kirk: Adoration; Ticklin’ Toes
Kevin Day: Silent Spaces
Henriette Renié: Contemplation
John Steinmetz: Love Song
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones Populares Españolas- Asturiana; Nana
Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour

July 28 — Warner/Griffin Family

Susan Warner, clarinet;  David Griffin, horn;
Henry Griffin, baritone;  Tian Qin, piano


Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune, arr. D. Riniker
Clara Schumann: 2 Songs, arr. A Ertz
Franz Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for clarinet and piano
Henry Griffin: “Exultation” from Pandemic, Op 4

August 4 — Poulenc Trio

William Welter, oboe; Keith Buncke, bassoon; Beilin Han, piano


Francis Poulenc: Trio
Asako Hirabayashi: Trio
André Previn: Trio

August 11 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet

Stephen Williamson, clarinet
Chen String Quartet

Robert Chen and Laura Park Chen, violins;

Beatrice Chen, viola; Noah Chen, cello


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 381
II. Larghetto

August 18 – Deborah Sobol Memorial

Kenneth Olsen, cello;  Kuang-Hao Huang, piano


Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73
Ethel Smyth: Cello Sonata, Op. 5

This concert is generously sponsored by Norman and Cynthia Goldring, Dr. Rowland Chang and The Friends of Debbie Sobol 

August 25 — Brahms Horn Trio

Neil Kimel, horn; Robert Hanford, violin; Andrea Swan, piano


TJ Cole: Drifter
Johannes Brahms: Horn Trio, Op. 40 

Sept 1 — Nexus Chamber Music

Brian Hong, violin; Rannveig Marta Sarc, violin; Alexander Hersh, cello


Isabella Leonarda: Trio Sonata, Op. 16, No. 1
Giovanni Battista Viotti: String Trio in G Major, Op. 17, G. 104
Zoltán Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7


Sept 8 — Avalon String Quartet

Blaise Magnière, violin; Marie Wang, violin
Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello


Gabriela Lena Frank: Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 ‘American’ 

This concert performance is generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

Sept 15 — Rebecca Clarke Trio

Janet Sung,violin; Calum Cook, cello; Kuang-Hao Huang, piano


Dinuk Wijeratne: Love Triangle

Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio

This concert performance is generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.


Sept 22 — Kontras Quartet

Eleanor Bartsch & Francois Henkins, violins;
Ben Weber, viola; Jean Hatmaker, cello


Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7
Jessie Montgomery: Voodoo Dolls
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2


Rush Hour Concerts exists to provide “great music for busy lives” free of charge every Tuesday evening, June through August, at 5:45pm in historic St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. In the Summer of 2000, concert pianist and civic leader Deborah Sobol founded the Rush Hour Concert series to reinvent the traditional classical music concert format by presenting chamber music masterworks in an engaging setting, accessible to all. These 30-minute concerts offer unparalleled access to repertoire spanning 700 years, performed by world-class musicians from Chicago’s leading ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and independent chamber music groups. Informal education via pre-concert conversations about the music with artists, composers and other members of Chicago’s vibrant classical music scene and post-concert opportunities to interact with the performers make for an inviting and invigorating cultural experience.


We have a large selection of pieces on our SoundCloud account, we invite you to take a listen.

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