April is replete with great musical offerings. Here are three at the top of my list:

Rembrandt Chamber Players’ exploration of Mahler’s works arranged by Schoenberg for chamber ensemble gives a glimpse into Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical Performances to preserve and perform important music of its day. “Songs of a Wayfarer” with Douglas Anderson will be a special treat for anyone who follows this fine baritone’s work with Music of the Baroque.

Sunday, April 19, 3:00 p.m.
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St.
$40 adult / $15 student

All Beethoven programs continue to draw music lovers of all generations. The Chicago Chamber Musicians’ “Only One Beethoven” offers a superb overview of his variety in the world of chamber music: a string quartet, piano trio and woodwind sextet. The “Ghost” piano trio, op. 71, is one of the two most popular of Beethoven’s piano trios. This is a program not to be missed!

Sunday, April 19 & Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday – Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University
Monday – Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music
$16-$40 adult / $10 student

For those who like to spot young and rising talent, I recommend the “Young, Gifted and Stellar” choral musicians from the Merit School of Music, performing at St. James Cathedral. The young voices in the magnificent space of St. James will surely transport you to angelic realms!

Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.
Freewill offering

– Deborah Sobol
Artistic Director

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