Rush Hour prides itself on presenting the traditional art form of chamber music in innovative ways. One thing all performances have in common is the level of detail that goes into producing them. Stephen Sondheim’s song, “Putting It Together,” explains this more eloquently than I could. Each concert event is actually a series of decisions, a dance of organization, and coordination of elements familiar and unfamiliar. When are the artists arriving? Is the wine chilled? Where is my “executive director” nametag? Are the programs ready to go? Are there enough chairs? The questions are the same, and different every week depending on the needs of that particular concert.

Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art

Executing the details that must happen each week works largely because of our wonderful volunteers. The smiling people you see at the reception, distributing programs, plating food, and answering questions are vital members of the Rush Hour team.

Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.

This week I am asking you to consider all of the “moving” parts that make up the Rush Hour whole. You are reading your program, sipping your wine, and chatting with artists and audience members because the detail work is done. If you’d like to help put it together by volunteering your time and talents, please speak to an usher or RH staff member at Tuesday’s concert, email us at, or call us at 773-338-9480.

Having just a vision’s no solution,
Everything depends on execution
Putting it together, that’s what counts!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who help Rush Hour “put it together” every week!

The art of making art
Is putting it together, bit by bit.

– Megan Balderston

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