current calendar, culture, music
St. James Cathedral has just recently begun its' current season of summer Rush Hour Concerts. They are organized by the classical pianist, Deborah Sobol.
These short classical chamber music concerts presented on Tuesday evenings have earned quite a following. At the opening concert over 300 people attended Mozart's 250th birthday celebration. Performers at these mini concerts include members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Chicago Chamber Musicians. The season runs through August 29.
Pictured above prior to their recent performance of movements from Mozart's oboe Quartet in F major, K.370 are violinist Yuan-Quing Yu, oboist Timothy Sawyier, cellist Abraham Feder and violist Rami Solomonow.
This year a multicultural focus will highlight aspects of the cultures of China, France, Germany, Great Britain and Mexico. Included will be an unusual offering, a mini-opera, "Bon Appetit" with music by Lee Hoiby and words by Julia Child.
All this takes place in an architecturally fascinating cathedral built before the Great Chicago Fire when it suffered enormous damage. In the late 1980's a large scale restoration was completed of this elaborate Arts and Crafts Victorian Revival Style building. The hand-stencilled design recreation is a highlight.
Join other music lovers at St. James every Tuesday during the summer season at 5:15PM when light snacks will be offered prior to the beginning of the concert at 5:45. These concerts are free and open to the public. Seats are unreserved.
To access the complete summer program visit www.rushhourconcerts.org.