This month, I’ve chosen an interesting mix of traditional concert venues and a few very different opportunities to hear music making. Spring is clearly in the air!

Rush Hour favorites in recital together–hear one of the few pieces of chamber music Chopin wrote: his Sonata for Cello and Piano!

Brant Taylor, cello
with Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Tuesday, May 12, 8 p.m.
DePaul University Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden

Kodaly – Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, Op. 8
Bach – Sonata in G, BWV 1027
Chopin – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

I am intrigued and impressed with this bold musical event with a social service twist. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Central City Housing Ventures Rent Party
Friday, May 29, 5-8 p.m.
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Ave. at Chestnut St.
$25 in advance, $35 at the door (Contact Duncan Moore at 773-477-4312 or Duncan.Moore AT
Jazz by the Lucy Smith Trio with libations of beer, wine, and appetizers

This event is helping create a rent lifeline fund to help residents of The Studios, a single-room-occupancy, supported-living apartment house operated by Central City Housing Ventures. Every dollar contributed goes directly toward rent forgiveness for those who have lost their jobs or been furloughed.

Another favorite Rush Hour artist, Bernard Zinck’s programs feature the unusual with the well-known, always a pleasure for the audience!

Masterworks for Violin
Bernard Zinck, violin
Patrick Godon, piano
Sunday, May 10, 3 p.m.
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.
$10 requested donation

Szymanowski – Sonata in d minor, Op. 9
Harrison – Grand Duo for Violin and Piano
Fauré – Sonata in A Major, Op. 13

This is what I love about Chicago: musical opportunities popping up in all sorts of venues and circumstances. Read on:

Hidden Talent 2
Friday, May 15, 12:15 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium – 400 S. State Street

Six patrons of the HWLC’s 8th Floor Music Practice rooms are moving from “unseen and unheard” to the stage of the Pritzker Auditorium. Peter Beck, trombone; Claudius Edwards, piano; Robert Frenier, tenor voice; Jean Marie Garofolo, coloratura soprano voice; Sara Su Jones, violin; and Dan Windolph, clarinet, will be sharing their talent with the rest of the city.

Fulcrum Point never disappoints in its unique programming. This is a great program, with free tickets!

Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University, 375 E. Chicago
RSVP is required to redeem your e-ticket (up to 4 per RSVP) by emailing RSVP5-19 AT with full contact information before May 15

A rare collaboration featuring Stephen Burns and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project with Hong Kong’s own Chinese Music Virtuosi, plus special appearances by Thodos Dance Chicago and the Bei Dou Kung Fu Troupe. A one-night-only old & new Chinese music concert experience celebrating the “HONG KONG COMES TO CHICAGO 2009” Festival!

Finally, the closing concert of  the “Music for Peace” festival in Chicago, presented by a combination of students and world-class artists:

Music for Peace Festival – Closing Concert
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.

Featuring the Peace Chamber Ensemble, the Music for Peace Festival Orchestra, and Van Steuben High School Choir, with soloists Alex Klein, Richard Young, and Deborah Wanderley dos Santos

– Deborah Sobol
Artistic Director

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