At the last concert of our ’07 season, I recommended several series to those who wanted to keep great music in their busy lives over the fall, winter and spring months. Here are three great concerts coming up this month featuring artists from the ’07 Rush Hour roster, all very different from one another, all guaranteed great events!

– Deborah Sobol

* This Sunday, October 21, attend the third annual MozartFest at St. James Cathedral (4 p.m. – 65 E. Huron St., Chicago).

Hear a stellar Mozart program: Serenade for Strings in G major, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” KV 525 and the last work Mozart penned: his Requiem Mass, KV 626 (featured so prominently in the play and movie “Amadeus.”)

The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra are conducted by Director of Cathedral Music Bruce J. Barber II and are joined by soloists Carole FitzPatrick, soprano; Pamela King, mezzo-soprano; Mark Goodrich, tenor; and Brandon Mayberry, bass. (RH audiences will remember Carole FitzPatrick from our August 28 PDQ Bach program.)

The requested donation for this concert is $15. For more information, visit the Cathedral’s website.

* After the Mozart, you can head up to Pick-Staiger Hall at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus and hear a mostly French program by the Chicago Chamber Musicians.

CCM The program will include Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Roussel’s Serenade, Jolivet’s Pastorales de Noël, Koetsier’s Introduction and Variation, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2, Op. 45, and Augusta Read Thomas’ Scherzi Musicali.

The program will be repeated Monday night, October 22, at Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music (in Chicago’s West Loop). Tickets are $20 – $40 ($10 students) – or call 312-225-5226 and mention code “MUSICALI” to access $15 tickets.

* Stephen Burns’ Fulcrum Point New Music Project promised dynamic programs year-round. RH audiences heard the Fulcrum Point Brass Quintet in June this past summer.

Fulcrum PointOn October 27th, at 5:00 p.m., Fulcrum Point presents a multi-media event, “Nurture Nature – Create Tomorrow Together.” Created in collaboration by Fulcrum Point, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Nature Conservancy Fire Initiative, Merit Music School Choir, the Albany Park Theater Project and Barrel of Monkeys, this is an event for families of all ages (note the family friendly early start time!) of powerful theater and heartfelt music, celebrating the environment and asking what we are doing to make the world a better place for everyone.

Tickets are only $5.00 at chfestival.org or 312-494-9509. The concert takes place at Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue (at Lake Shore Drive).

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