Rush Hour Concerts 2017
Presents 18th Season of Beloved Summer Concert Series
Offering Weekly FREE Classical Music Performances
Tuesday evenings at St. James Cathedral in River North, June 6-August 29

Summer highlights include:

  • A first-ever “quartet festival” presenting five of Chicago’s leading ensembles
  • Inaugural “Audience Choice” concert allowing audiences to decide repertoire
  • New music and poetry in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and poet Richie Hofmann
  • Rush Hour Concerts debuts of Robert Sims, Kontras Quartet and Third Coast Baroque
  • Popular returns of the Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet and Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera plus Center Civitas Ensemble, Euclid Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Axiom Brass and Avalon String Quartet.

May 17, 2017 (Chicago, IL) – Under the helm of the International Music Foundation, Rush Hour Concerts present the 18th season of the beloved summer concert series with free classical music in the serene and historic St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, June 6 – August 29, 2017. Launched in 2000 to create free public access to high-quality chamber music, Rush Hour Concerts offers live concerts every Tuesday evening after work.

All concerts begin at 5:45pm. Doors open at 5:00pm for an interactive pre-concert reception and curated conversation, followed by the 30-minute concert at 5:45 pm. All performances are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required.

Curated by Rush Hour Concerts’ Artistic Director Anthony Devroye, this year’s series presents chamber music from the Baroque era to the 21st Century featuring masterworks from Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart to Copland, Barber, Shostakovich and more. This year’s highlights also include a first-ever “quartet festival” within the series presenting five of Chicago’s leading ensembles; a unique Audience Choice concert which allows the audience to decide that evening’s repertoire from a menu of options by show of hands; new music and poetry in partnership with the Poetry Foundation featuring award-winning poet Richie Hofmann; the annual Deborah Sobol Memorial Concert honoring Rush Hour Concerts’ late founder; festival debuts by lauded baritone Robert Sims, WFMT FM’s 2017 artist-in-residence Kontras Quartet, Third Coast Baroque and award-winning organist Stephen Buzard plus performances from the 2017 Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor, Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center, pianist Kuang-Hao Huang and leading Chicago ensembles such as Civitas Ensemble, Euclid Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Axiom Brass and Avalon String Quartet.

“The string quartet anchors our programming this summer: its history, complexity, and centrality to the chamber music repertoire make it an ideal vehicle for new listeners to discover the world of chamber music.” said Devroye. “We’ll also mix in repertoire for diverse ensembles from six different centuries and ten different countries, showcasing Chicago’s finest performers. Deepen your experience with our pre-concert conversations, or lighten it with refreshing complimentary iced tea!”

Rush Hour Concerts – 2017 Summer Calendar

JUNE 6 Quartet Festival I: “How Do You Do?”
Program: Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33, No. 5
Dan Visconti: Black Bend
Artist: Kontras Quartet (Rush Hour Concert Series Debut)

JUNE 13 Audience Choice
Repertoire: Audience will choose repertoire
Artist:    Brant Taylor (cello) and Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

JUNE 20 Quartet Festival II
Program: Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3
Artist: Avalon String Quartet

JUNE 27 Baroque with a Beat
Program: Works by Fernández, Monteverdi, Strozzi, Visée and Ortiz
Artist: Third Coast Baroque (Rush Hour Concert Series Debut)

JULY 5 American Song
Program:   Art songs, show tunes and spirituals
Artist:    Robert Sims (baritone) (Rush Hour Concert Series Debut)
This performance will take place on Wednesday in recognition of the July 4 holiday

JULY 11 Quartet Festival III
Program: Gerard McBurney: Hildegard Quartet
Artist: Spektral Quartet

JULY 18 Deborah Sobal Memorial Concert
Program:   Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor
Artist:    Jasmine Lin (violin); Anthony Devroye (viola) Marina Hoover (cello); Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

JULY 25 New Music, New Poetry
Program: Repertoire To Be Determined
Artist: Ensemble Dal Niente, Richie Hofmann (poet)

AUGUST 1 Quartet Festival IV
Program:   Grieg: Quartet in G Minor
Artist:    Euclid Quartet

AUGUST 8 Lyric Shorts
Program: Bizet: selections from The Pearl Fishers
Artist: Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

AUGUST 15 Quartet Festival V: Quartet PLUS
Program:   Brahms: Quintet movements
Artist:    Civitas Ensemble

AUGUST 22 Match Made in Heaven
Program:   Music for Organ and Brass
Artist:    Axiom Brass
Stephen Buzzard (organ) (Rush Hour Concert Series Debut)

AUGUST 29 Season Finale
Program: Beethoven (arr. Mahler): String Quartet Op. 95
Artist: John MacFarlane (conductor) and the Rush Hour Concerts Chamber Orchestra

About International Music Foundation:
The International Music Foundation (IMF) is dedicated to presenting free high-quality classical music performances and music education experiences in the Chicago metropolitan area for people of all ages and degrees of musical awareness so they can experience how music enriches life. IMF offers the following programs and educational experiences: Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Live Music Now!, Make Music Chicago, Rush Hour Concerts Summer Series and professional ensemble educational residencies. For more information, visit

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