A FREE concert series on Tuesdays

June through August

5:45 pm

LOCATION:  James Cathedral
65 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2728



The Schubert Cello Quintet 

Stephanie Jeong and Gina DiBello, violins
Lawrence Neuman, viola
Brant Taylor and Kenneth Olsen, cellos

Franz Schubert – String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

JUNE 8 - Deborah Sobol Memorial

Chen String Quartet
Robert Chen and Laura Park Chen, violins
Beatrice Chen, viola
Noah Chen, cello

Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Bongani Ndodana-Breen – Safika: Three Tales of African Migration
for Piano Quintet
Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

This concert is generously sponsored by Dr. Rowland Chang, Cynthia and Norm Goldring and Friends of Deborah Sobol.

JUNE 15 - The Romantic Piano Trios

MingHuan Xu, violin
Alexander Hersh, cello
Winston Choi, piano

Robert Schumann – Phantasiestucke, Op. 88
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel – Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11

JUNE 22 - Adu-Gilmore, Tchaikovsky and Debussy

Eleanor Kirk, harp
Paul Hauer and Eleanor Bartsch, violins
Amy Hess, viola
Nomin Zolzaya, cello

Leila Adu-Gilmore – Alyssum
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy – Adagio Molto in E-flat Major
Claude Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane, L113

JUNE 29 - The Lincoln Trio

Desirée Ruhstrat, violin
David Cunliffe, cello
Marta Aznavoorian, piano

Augusta Read Thomas – …a circle around the sun…
Ernest Bacon – Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Piano

JULY 6 - Master Performers: Alex Klein

Alex Klein, oboe
Lillia Woolschlager, piano

William Grant Still – Incantation and Dance

Augusta Read Thomas – Song Without Words
Paul Hindemith – Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Pavel Haas – Suite for Oboe and Piano

JULY 13 - KAIA String Quartet

Victoria Moreira and Naomi Culp, violins
Amanda Grimm, viola
Hope DeCelle, cello
Miguel Bernal Jimenez – Cuarteto Virreinal
Giacomo Puccini – Crisantemi
Elbio Barilari – Tango Suite *world premiere
Astor Piazzolla; arr. Moreira – Escualo

JULY 20 - Shaw and Brahms

John McFarlane, violin
Anthony Devroye, viola
Kenneth Olsen, cello
Victor Asuncion, piano
Caroline Shaw – Thousandth Orange
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 3, Op. 60

JULY 27 - The Grand Tour: A Journey Through Baroque Europe

Ars Musica Chicago
Kiyoe Matsuura, baroque violin
Cora Swenson Lee, baroque cello
Jason J. Moy, harpsichord and Artistic Director
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Sonata Representativa a Violino Solo
Isabella Leonarda – Sonata a Violino Solo, Op. 16 No. 12
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – Cello Sonata in E minor Op. 50 No. 1
George Frideric Handel – Violin Sonata in D Major, HWV 371

AUGUST 3 - Kontras Quartet

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

Javier Álvarez – Metro Chabacano
Rhiannon Giddens; arr. J. Garchik – At the Purchaser’s Option with variations
Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet No. 10, ‘Slavonic Quartet’

AUGUST 10 - Avalon String Quartet

Blaise Magnière and Marie Wang, violins
Anthony Devroye, viola
Cheng-Hou Lee, cello

Blaise Magnière – Bagatelle No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5
Leo Sowerby – Serenade in G major

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


Russell and Mendelssohn Octets

Musicians of the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra
Jeremy Black, violin *GPMF Concertmaster
Ying Chai, Allison Lovera and Audrey Lee, violins
Terri Van Valkinburgh and Edwardo Rios, violas
Walter Haman and Cole Randolph, cellos

Bruce A. Russell – Linea Nigra
Felix Mendelssohn – String Octet, Op. 20


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 45-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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