A FREE concert series on Tuesdays

June through August

5:45 pm

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




Kontras Quartet

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

Philip Glass – String Quartet No. 2 “Company”

Florence Price – String Quartet No. 2

JUNE 14 - Brahms’ Piano Quintet

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

Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

JUNE 21 - The St. James Choir

St. James Cathedral Choir
Stephen Buzard, director
Undine Smith Moore – Songs
Maurice Duruflé – Requiem

JUNE 28 - Vignettes for Piano Quartet

MingXuan Xu, violin
Anthony Devroye, viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Winston Choi, piano
Paul Novak – interlocutor
Gustav Mahler – Piano Quartet in A Minor
Joaquin Turina – Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67

JULY 5 - Trios by Farrenc and Beethoven

Sarah Manasrah, clarinet
Zachary Preucil, cello
Katherine Petersen, piano
Louise Farrenc – Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 44
L.V. Beethoven – Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11

Felix Mendelssohn – Variations Concertantes, Op. 17
Nadia Boulanger – trois pièces
Augusta Read Thomas – Incantation for solo cello
Benjamin Britten – Sonata for Cello and Piano
Béla Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances

JULY 19 - French Wind Music

Jennifer Gunn, flute
William Welter, oboe and english horn
Susan Warner, clarinet
David Grif in, horn
Dennis Michel, bassoon
Mio Nakamura, piano
Louise Farrenc – Sextet
Maurice Ravel – Mother Goose Suite

JULY 26 - The Lincoln Trio

Desirée Ruhstrat, violin
David Cunliffe, cello
Marta Aznavoorian, piano
Program to include trios by contemporary Chicago composers including Augusta Read Thomas and world-premiere recordings of music by Stacy Garrop, Shulamit Ran, and a new commission by Shawn E. Okpebholo

August 2 - Deborah Sobol Memorial

Brant Taylor, cello
Ken Olsen, cello
Karen Basrak, cello
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Program to include works by J.S. Bach, Schubert, Tanya Anisimova and more

AUGUST 9 - Axiom Brass: Lust, Mystery and Despair

Axiom Brass
Dorival Puccini, Jr., trumpet
Christopher Scanlon, trumpet
Matthew Bronstein, French horn
Corey Sansolo, trombone
Kevin Harrison, tuba
Program to include music by Piazzolla, Cedilla Borges Barbosa, Lillian Yee and more music inspired by and of Latin America.

AUGUST 16 - Music for flute, viola and harp

Marie Tachouet, flute
Amy Hess, viola
Eleanor Kirk, harp
Miguel Aguila – Submerged
Mel Bonis – Scènes de la Forêt
Debussy – Sonata for flute, viola and harp


The Early Piano Quintets of
Coleridge-Taylor and Dvorak

John Macfarlane, violin
Eoin Andersen, violin
Aurelien Pascal, viola
David Cunliffe, cello
Victor Santiago Asunción, piano

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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