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Wed 1 Jul

Mister G

Mister G

Wednesday, July 1
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A 2014 Latin Grammy nominee, Mister G is one of the leading figures in the children's music world. Called "irresistible" by People magazine, and a "kid-friendly bilingual rock star" by the Washington Post, Mister G has been named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families." He’ll be singing songs from all six of his original albums for children, including his most recent bilingual album Los Animales. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk, his dynamic, original music has won praise from the Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, and Parents magazine. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, interactive family dance concert!  

To listen to Mister G's award-winning music, watch videos, and download a free coloring book, visit his site: mistergsongs.com.

Thu 2 Jul

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra

Thursday, July 2
6 – 8 p.m.

The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra plays music that moves people to “trip to light fantastic toe.” This is old-time dance music from a handful of tried-and-true traditions: old American square dances, barn dances from the British Isles, folk dances from Scandinavia and Latin America, and waltzes and polkas from everywhere. The Toe Trippers are led by a smattering of fiddles backed by accordion, banjo, guitar, and bass, with an occasional flavoring of trumpet.

Mon 6 Jul

Carillonneur Gijsbert Kok

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Gijsbert Kok
Monday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Gijsbert Kok

Gijsbert Kok studied organ, church music, and improvisation at the Hague Royal Conservatory and music theory at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. He studied the carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort and has won prizes in several carillon contests.

At present, he is the city carillonneur of the Hague, Voorschoten, and Zoetermeer. He teaches carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort and music theory at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. He also is active as a church organist in the Domkerk in De Lier and the American Protestant Church of the Hague. As a recitalist, he performs regularly on the carillon as well as on the organ. Several of his arrangements for carillon appear in print from Dutch publishers.

Tue 7 Jul

Flamenco Duo

Flamenco Duo

Tuesday, July 7
10 – 11 a.m.

David Chiriboga and Hugo Salcedo have been playing guitar since their early childhood. With a passion for flamenco, they have attended workshops and private studies on the subject throughout southern Spain. The duo plays throughout the Chicago area and nationally. They are also part of a larger group, El Payo y la Tiranta, which includes vocals and dance.

Following the concert, please stay for a tour of the Sensory Garden and an introduction to horticultural therapy with the Garden’s director of horticultural therapy, Barb Kreski.

Tue 7 Jul

Bopology
Swing

PHOTO: Bopology

Tuesday, July 7
6 – 8 p.m.

Swing and jazz are uniquely American musical genres. This band brings them both to life. With a level of professional musicianship that offers both the appreciative listener and the avid dancer a solid swingin’ groove, Bopology prides itself on maintaining the authenticity of this music. Rather than cover a song note-for-note, the improvisation within a song enables individual musicians to showcase their unique talents to capitalize on Bopology’s more than 100 years of combined musical experience.

Wed 8 Jul

Future Hits

Future Hits

Wednesday, July 8
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Matt Baron worked in sales for years, but realized cold calling in business parks wasn't his calling. Therefore, he decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with English and Spanish-speaking students. This led to Future Hits, the heartfelt (yet secretly educational) music project for kids, families and teachers. Since 2011, he's been embedding creativity and culture in the classroom through fuzzy, poppy tunes that are fun and engaging while teaching literacy and promoting social/emotional learning outcomes. Teaming up with Emma Hospelhorn (Ensemble Dal Niente), Ben Sutherland (The Machine is Neither), and drums-and-piano virtuoso Nick Kabat, Baron has, in three short years, brought Future Hits to a place where the band has been likened to a fusion of Yo La Tengo, Jonathan Richman, and The Velvet Underground (if they all joined forces to start a band for all-ages). Wrote Jake Austen in Roctober Magazine of Future Hits' 2012 debut album, Songs for Learning, "Every child I play this for is simply entranced, and my inner kid is sold." Future Hits will enhance your children's lives and learning (and perhaps yours, too!).

Thu 9 Jul

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

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Thursday, July 9
6 – 8 p.m.

Pranita Jain, founder of Kalapriya and Mandala, leads this group of performing artists as they bring the ancient traditions of Indian arts to a contemporary audience using modern expression. Weaving classical Indian with Bollywood, Mandala artists engage and enthrall audiences of all backgrounds.

Mon 13 Jul

Carillonneur Ulla Laage

Carillon

Ulla Laage
Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Ulla Laage

Ulla Laage is a carillonneur, composer, and bell consultant. She has an artist diploma from the Scandinavian Carillon School and was the carillonneur of Our Savior’s Church, Copenhagen, from 1974 to 2006. She was also appointed judge for the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs at carillonneur exams from 1993 to 2000. Laage was the head of Our Savior’s Church International Summer Carillon Festivals from 1983 to 2006. She has served as vice president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in Denmark/the Nordic Society of Campanology and Carillon from 1975 to 2000. She was also a member of the International Committee of the World Carillon Federation 1999-2000.

Tue 14 Jul

Midwest Young Artists

Midwest Young Artists

Tuesday, July 14
10 – 11 a.m.

The history of Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is a story of a compelling mission, dedication, and hard work. The organization was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. Fifty five students showed up for the first rehearsal and were divided into a Junior and Senior Orchestra. A number of the older, more advanced students played in the Senior Orchestras and mentored in the Junior Orchestra, thereby establishing a tradition of cultivating leadership that continues as a core MYA principle today.

Initially renting space at the Lake Forest Country Day School, MYA is now housed in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and has grown into one of the premier music ensemble programs in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities, and colleges in the country.

MYA reaches more than 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging from grades 2 to 12. Featuring nine youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, four choral ensembles, four jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos, music history, theory, and composition classes, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. In 2011, early childhood development classes were added to introduce toddlers and their families to the joys of music and movement. The focus on family is another of MYA's core principles.

However, at MYA it's more than just the music. MYA makes a difference in the lives of its students, their families, and their communities by encouraging camaraderie, respect, and hard work as well as dedication to the pursuit of excellence. MYA is a place where students are able to grow, using music, in a socially supportive, educationally nurturing, socially responsible, and organizationally secure environment.

Following the concert, please stay for a tour of the Sensory Garden, and an introduction to horticultural therapy with the Garden’s director of horticultural therapy, Barb Kreski.

Tue 14 Jul

Joe Sounds
Steel Drum Trio

Joe Sounds Steel Drum Trio

Tuesday, July 14
6 – 8 p.m.

The Joe Sounds Steel Drum Trio has been performing in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. Led by steel drummer Joe Sonnefeldt, the group blends traditional calypso music with other styles of the Caribbean, as well as American jazz and pop. The trio has entertained audiences on Lake Michigan cruises, at area festivals, and private functions throughout the Midwest.

Wed 15 Jul

Poochamungas

Poochamungas

Wednesday, July 15
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Born out of the Old Town School of Folk Music, then-fledging musician John Joyce went to take some harmonica classes and ended up taking a bunch of guitar lessons inspired by bandmate and fellow firefighter Pete Cunningham. After mastering three chords, writing some lyrics that amused his daughter, locating a bunch of interested musicians (Pete, Don, Alton, and Joe), a father-son drummer exchange (Frank for Joe), he finally had a band. The Poochamungas went on to record "Mud, Mommies and Mayhem" in 2010, which won a NAPPA Award. The Poochamungas believe that good music should know no age, and they rock out for audiences big and small. Singing, dancing and general silliness is the rule of the day when this band comes to play!

 

Thu 16 Jul

Members of Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa

Members of Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa

Thursday, July 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Lamajamal is a Chicago ensemble that was formed in 2004. The group plays folk and classical music from many global cultures including an extensive repertoire from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and the Balkans. The group has performed at several local and international music festivals and venues including the Chicago World Music Festival, Festival Internationale de Louisiane, the Chicago Turkish Festival, and more. The ensemble has also provided educational workshops and residencies on global music for grades kindergarten through 12th grade, and colleges including Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the University of Chicago, Truman College, and Ohio University.

Mon 20 Jul

Carillonneur Toru Takao

Carillon

Toru Takao
Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Toru Takao

Toru Takao graduated in 2000 from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in German language. After his academic study, he spent a year in Los Angeles, and another year in Germany, doing volunteer work. In Germany, he was introduced to the carillon. From 2002 to 2008, he studied carillon at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, studying with Arie Abbenes, Bernard Winsemius, and Frans Haagen. He received a bachelor of music degree in 2006 and master of music diploma in 2008. He has given carillon recitals worldwide in countries including Ireland, Spain, and Poland. Since 2012, he and his wife, Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska, have re-started regular carillon recitals in Emmerich, Germany.

Tue 21 Jul

Avanti Guitar Trio

Avanti Guitar Trio

Tuesday, July 21
10 - 11 a.m.

Rooted in the classical guitar tradition, the Avanti Trio performs an eclectic variety of music including repertoire from the Renaissance through Romantic eras, music from Spain and Latin America, arrangements of folk tunes and Latin jazz, and contemporary compositions composed specifically for the Avanti Guitar Trio.

Tue 21 Jul

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

Tuesday, July 21
6 – 8 p.m.

Pamela Rose and Windy City Country bring a fresh and energetic flavor into the live music scene. This terrific group consists of five acclaimed musicians and singers. Their unique style recreates the classics as well as contemporary country and rock 'n' roll hits.

Wed 22 Jul

Wendy & DB and the Band

Wendy & DB and the band

Wednesday, July 22
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The FUN band is a group of musicians that back up Wendy & DB. They include Dean Rolando on piano, Geoffrey Lowe on bass, and Dennis Calito on percussion/drum sounds from around the world! This interactive band is a must-see for all children and parents!

Thu 23 Jul

The New Candy Store Prophets with the Go-Go Express

The New Candy Store Prophets with the Go-Go Express

Thursday, July 23
6 – 8 p.m.

The New Candy Store Prophets is a group of Chicago musician friends joining forces over a shared love for 1960s dance music, playing festivals and dance parties throughout the city. They are here to fill your evening with the bumpy grooves, shimmery tambourines, and cozy harmonies of the music of the Monkees. The Go-Go Express will be on the scene, helping you twist, shimmy, and hully gully the evening away.

Mon 27 Jul

Carillonneur Olesya Rostovskaya

Carillon

Olesya Rostovskaya
Monday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya attended the Russian Central Music School from 1993 to 2000. She completed her studies at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, with a specialization in composition, and in 2001, with a specialization in organ. In 1999, she began to play the theremin. In 2003, she began playing Russian bells. She began playing the carillon in 2006. In 2008, she graduated from Saint Petersburg State University as a carillonneur (the first in the world Russian Carillon Diploma) and, in 2009, from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen. Now she composes music for orchestras, ensembles, choir, organ, carillon, theremin, and more. She has a CD called “Soul of a Bell: Russian Carillon Music.”

Tue 28 Jul

Chicago Harp Quartet

Chicago Harp Quartet

Tuesday, July 28
10 - 11 a.m.

Since its formation in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has presented innovative and charismatic performances on concert stages across the country.The CHQ is building bridges between traditional chamber music and the unique harp ensemble by commissioning and creating new works as well as transforming classics. Members of this dynamic quartet have performed across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique background of each member as an extensively trained orchestral and chamber musician, the CHQ brings an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.

Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world's greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and New World Symphony. Members of CHQ have also participated in a wide range of summer music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and Pacific Music Festival.

During the 2013–14 season, CHQ celebrated the release of their debut CD, Soirées d'été, named after their first commission by Bernard Andrès. CHQ has previously performed at the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival, LIVE from WFMT and as special featured performers at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans. The Chicago Harp Quartet established their own Composition Competition in 2014, and as a result will premiere Tattered Skies, by Hilary Purrington during the 2014–15 season.

During the 2014–15 season, the quartet looks forward to collaborations with several composers creating new works for harp quartet; an exciting multidisciplinary project with Mozawa; a featured performance at the 2015 Lyon & Healy Summer Music Festival; and their debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.

Tue 28 Jul

Big Sadie
Early Country Bluegrass

Big Sadie

Tuesday, July 28
6 – 8 p.m.

Big Sadie is Elise Bergman on upright bass, Collin Moore on guitar, and Jess McIntosh on fiddle. The Chicago-based trio, which formed in early 2014, boasts an impressive repertoire of early country, bluegrass, and original music in three-part harmony.

Wed 29 Jul

The Dreamtree Shakers

PHOTO: The Dreamtree Shakers

Wednesday, July 29
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Dreamtree Shakers are a Chicago-based band of musicians and educators making music for kids and families. The live show can feature up to eight people when in full force and includes creative movement and visuals. You can expect joyful harmony and lyrics that don't condescend. Our goal is to make music that parents and kids can enjoy together.

Thu 30 Jul

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Thursday, July 30
6 – 8 p.m.

The combined talents of Americana music icons Barb Silverman, Rick Veras, Steve Rosen, and Mitch Straeffer bridge our country’s vast musical history with fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and washboard. These musicians collectively have performed around the world from Finland to Australia, in prominent festivals and radio shows, and in the highest profile venues in metropolitan Chicago. Playing patriotic songs and more, the Silver Stars capture the character of the earliest American fiddle tunes through the hits of Stephen Foster and Irving Berlin and into the last century of indigenous music. Dances will include contra lines of George Washington’s day, the high-stepping strut of the 1850s Cake Walk, and the squares and circles that survived hundreds of years of our history.

Mon 3 Aug

Carillonneur Francis Crépin

Carillon

Francis Crépin
Monday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Francis Crépin

Francis Crépin studied piano with Odette Ranfaing in Saint-Quentin. At the National Carillon School in Douai (France), he attended the classes of Jacques Lannoy. Now he studies with Koen Cosaert at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He was appointed the municipal carillonneur of Saint-Quentin Town Hall in September 1999. In the conservatory of Saint-Quentin, his musical studies included organ, singing (first prize), jazz, trumpet, and string-bass. He has composed and arranged many pieces for different types of repertoires and instrumentations, including carillon, harmony bands, and brass ensembles. He has given numerous concerts in countries including France, Spain, and Belgium. Crépin is secretary of the Guild of Carillonneurs of France.

Tue 4 Aug

Highland Park Strings Trio

Highland Park Strings Trio

Tuesday, August 4
10 – 11 a.m.

Members of the The Highland Park Strings Trio are musicians from the Highland Park Strings, which just completed its celebratory 35th season. The Trio (violin, viola, and cello) performs a program entitled “The Magic Carpet,” consisting of short light classical pieces from around the world—including Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Ireland. It is a real crowd pleaser!

Tue 4 Aug

Saturday June Band
Classic Rock ’n’ Roll

Saturday June Band

Tuesday, August 4
6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday June Band is one of the top acts in the Midwest, with a long list of credentials. They have performed at places including Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Arlington Racetrack, Ravinia Festival, and many more. They have also performed for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. They have shared the bill with such luminaries as the Beach Boys, Rare Earth, the English Beat, the Smithereens, and more. Saturday June plays an eclectic mix of music ranging from the 60s and the 70s right through up to today's hits. They engage the crowd and even frequently invite local children to join the band on stage for a song, passing out shakers and tambourines to all. The five-piece band features vocalist Jami Dawn and an intricate array of harmonies.

Wed 5 Aug

The Exceptionals *A concert to accommodate children with sensory differences

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, June 17 and August 5
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music presents “Grow, Worm, Grow! A Sensory Celebration Concert for All!” Experiencing live music lights up the entire brain and opens communication in ways that words alone cannot. In this interactive concert, Old Town School of Folk Music faculty create a multisensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered on the theme of growth and performed by teaching artists experienced and trained in the field of special education, the concert creates a safe, celebratory space for children with diverse abilities and the people who love them. Children are encouraged to engage how they wish, in their own way, when they are ready. Come celebrate your child’s sense of self and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families!

The Exceptionals invite families to bring along a small blanket for the little ones to wrap up in as we play make-believe with sprouting plants!

Thu 6 Aug

The Mike Knauf Quartet

The Mike Knauf Quartet

Thursday, August 6
6 – 8 p.m.

The Mike Knauf Quartet has been delighting audiences for more than 15 years. The quartet has performed for many dances, parties, events, festivals, and clubs. Knauf and members of the quartet have performed nationally and internationally with some of the biggest names in music. The quartet draws from a diverse repertoire of some of the most well-known swing, Latin, and standards from some of America's finest composers of all time for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Mon 10 Aug

Carillonneur Jonathan Hebert

Carillon

Jonathan Hebert
Monday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jonathan Hebert

Jonathan Hebert, from Beaver Bank in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a graduate of the University of Ottawa School of Music, where, in 2008, he received a bachelor of music degree in music education, studying piano with Andrew Tunis. He began his carillon studies in 2009 while working as a summer intern with the dominion carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady. In 2013, he attended his first Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he passed the carillonneur exam. He is now a carillonneur member of the Guild. He currently works as an Information and Research Technician at the Library of Parliament and performs regularly on the Peace Tower Carillon. In his spare time, Hebert enjoys travelling, golfing, and watching Canadian sports like hockey and curling.

Tue 11 Aug

Tom Stevens

Tom Stevens

Tuesday, August 11
10 – 11 a.m.

Pianist/composer Thomas Winthrop Stevens has been presenting his attractive synthesis of classical tradition and contemporary sensibility to Chicago-area audiences for more than 30 years. His music has been heard in concerts, nightclubs, and coffeehouses throughout the area and on radio broadcasts throughout the United States and the Netherlands.

 

Tue 11 Aug

Fernandez & Kimball
Spanish Guitar

PHOTO: Fernandez & Kimball

Tuesday, August 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Hector & Mari Fernandez, along with Tom Kimball, have shared a love of Spanish guitar since the early 1990s. Over the years, they have transformed many styles of music into a vast Spanish guitar repertoire. They have traveled to places including Spain, Italy, Cuba, California, and New York, where they have studied and performed with world-renowned artists. Their repertoire includes flamenco, classical, bossa nova, Latin American standards, and smooth jazz standards.

Wed 12 Aug

Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

PHOTO: Laura Doherty

Wednesday, August 12
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Nominated “best Chicago kids act” in Time Out Chicago, Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats bring their live show to the Chicago Botanic Garden, performing favorites from Doherty's three Parents' Choice award-winning CDs, chock full of tunes that acoustically rock your kid's world with a signature breezy folk-pop sound. Of her latest CD “In a Heartbeat,” Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (guest drummer on the CD) says, “Laura's music is full of beauty and fun for the whole family.” Doherty's classic “Hot Dog” song and “El Train” song are fan-favorite hits delivered Chicago style, with groovy riffs and catchy lyrics.

Thu 13 Aug

Bopology Chicago Swing Band

PHOTO: Bopology

Thursday, August 13
6 – 8 p.m.

This band brings the uniquely American genres of swing and jazz to life. With a level of professional musicianship that offers both the appreciative listener and the avid dancer a solid swingin’ groove, Bopology Chicago Swing Band prides itself on maintaining the authenticity of this music. Rather than cover a song note for note, the improvisation within a song enables individual musicians to showcase their unique talents to capitalize on Bopology’s more than 100 years of combined musical experience.

Mon 17 Aug

Carillonneur Tim Sleep

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Tim Sleep
Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep was appointed Naperville city carillonneur in 2007; he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He is an instructor for the North American Carillon School. Sleep is in his second term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), having previously served as its vice president. He is a board member and secretary of the Millennium Carillon Foundation in Naperville.

He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, becoming a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville and a master of science in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A retired band director and middle school principal, he is a long-time church musician, currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Tue 18 Aug

Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia

Tuesday, August 18
10 – 11 a.m.

Brazilian-born, Chicago-based musician, composer, and arranger Paulinho Garcia is well-known in the Chicago area, the United States, and abroad for his Brazilian music. Garcia was the recipient of the Best International Brazilian Vocalist Award, 2012, by the Brazilian International Press; Chicagoan of the Year in jazz, 2010, by the Chicago Tribune; Brazilian Person of the Year, 2010, by the Brazil Club; and Chicago's Best Jazz Entertainer, 2001, by the Annual Chicago Music Award. He has toured three-quarters of the world as a recording musician and Brazilian music clinician. Garcia also is on the faculty at Roosevelt University and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

 

Tue 18 Aug

Callaloo
Latin/Caribbean

Callaloo

Tuesday, August 18
6 - 8 p.m.

Callaloo is the best world-fusion steel pan group performing original compositions in Chicago.  Scott Johnson, group cofounder and composer/arranger, began writing music for Callaloo that was built on strong, sophisticated Latin/Caribbean rhythms. He recently began exploring and incorporating other styles, that, when fused, have proven to deliver a powerful musical experience.

The percussion-based group employs an amalgam of instruments—steel pan, marimba, ethnic percussion, drum set, nylon string guitar, electric, and acoustic bass—while combining composed, orchestrated parts with improvisation.

Wed 19 Aug

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Wednesday, August 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Part of being a kid in Chicago is rocking out with kindie-folk icon Mr. Singer.”- Red Tricycle online city guide.

Mr. Singer’s dynamic shows include everything from a cappella sing-alongs to hopping’ dance parties to full throttle rockers. Voted “One of Chicago’s Most Influential Kids’ Musicians” by Time Out Chicago Kids, called “a hit” by the Chicago Sun-Times, and “way cool,” by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies bring the whole family together for a memorable musical experience. Imagine: June and Johnny Cash playing the Clash at a carnival.

Thu 20 Aug

Rio Bamba

PHOTO: Rio Bamba

Thursday, August 20
6 – 8 p.m.

Rio Bamba's sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, and American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms.

Mon 24 Aug

Carillonneur Wylie Crawford

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Wylie Crawford
Monday, August 24, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford is the university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, a position he has held since 1984. Since 1986, he has been the resident carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. He was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois.

Crawford has an undergraduate degree in physics and a graduate degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. He initiated the first regular carillon instruction programs at four Chicago-area carillons. He is also president of the World Carillon Federation, a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Previously, Mr. Crawford had served as treasurer.

He became a certified carillonneur in 1977 through the Guild of Carillonneurs. He has given carillon recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.

Tue 25 Aug

Martha Gay

Martha Gay

Tuesday, August 25
10 – 11 a.m.

Martha Gay has been a performing harpist for more than 30 years and has been a member of the musical group Cantiga since 1986. In 1991, she and the other members of Cantiga formed the New World Renaissance Band with troubadour Owain Phyfe. Gay plays Irish airs, Renaissance dance music, and medieval melodies, particularly the thirteenth-century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

In 2010, Gay walked 500 miles through France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, performing medieval harp concerts along the way. She has recorded almost a dozen CDs with Cantiga and the New World Renaissance Band.

Tue 25 Aug

Nia Quintet
Jazz

Nia Quintet

Tuesday, August 25
6 – 8 p.m.

Led by trumpeter/composer Scott Anderson, the Nia Quintet blends musicians of the highest caliber to present a showcase of melodic interaction and improvisation. The first of their two albums, End of Time, released on Blujazz Records, received rave reviews from national publications. Their second album Earth Sign also received rave reviews and was the catalyst for their newest endeavor, moving the group’s direction into different territories and adding the newest members of the group Paul Mutzabaugh and Jon Deitemyer. Look for their newest recording on Origins Records, coming soon, that will feature a new twist on a group of musicians looking to expand their musical horizons.

Wed 26 Aug

Duke Otherwise

PHOTO: Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With his outrageously clever tunes, Duke Otherwise is a children's musician unlike any you've heard before. The Duke won't sing about wheels on a bus unless they're flat, square, or coming off. He will instead sing about love-struck third-graders, a multicultural bowling team, or a forlorn king of the jungle.

Thu 27 Aug

Grupo Cha Cha

Grupo Cha Cha

Thursday, August 27
6 – 8 p.m.

Grupo Cha Cha fills the air with the tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil that delight your musical senses for listening and dancing. Their newest CD, This Is the Life, has been received with glowing reviews and enthusiastic live audience response—especially as performers at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival.  This Is the Life, which is filled with beautifully crafted originals and unique treatments of standards, has gained national FM radio airplay. This Is the Life is the result of true musical synergy, a blending of multicultural musical backgrounds, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and American jazz.

Mon 31 Aug

Carillonneur Jim Fackenthal

Carillon

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, August 31, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim_Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal, Ph.D., is the associate carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as a cancer researcher. Dr. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later, became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He has a bachelor's degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors.

Tue 1 Sep

The Silverwood Duo

The Silverwood Duo

Tuesday, September 1
10 – 11 a.m.

Kim Fleuchaus has been heard on commercials, radio, stage, film, and CD recordings. As a symphony musician, she has performed with many orchestras, including the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Elgin, Rockford, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras, the South Carolina and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cube Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles and orchestras. She holds music degrees from Northwestern and Bethel Universities, and has performed at both the Kennedy Center and the White House. She is a founding member of the Sapphire Winds Woodwind Quintet and performs in numerous other chamber ensembles. An active freelance musician, she performs throughout the United States and Canada on the flute and the Egyptian nay. In addition to teaching at Trinity Christian College, she is the Flute Choir Director for School District 219 and maintains private teaching studios in Niles and Lincolnshire.

In addition to teaching at Dominican University, Bob Sherman serves as chairman of the guitar department at the Merit School of Music. He also teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music as well as at his private teaching studio in Oak Park. Prior teaching engagements include the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Sherwood Conservatory at Columbia College, and Brookline Music School. He studied guitar and jazz at Indiana University with Ernesto Bitetti, Luis Zea, David Baker, and Pat Harbison. He's honored to have shared the studio and stage with many wonderful musicians and continues to perform as a soloist and in various ensembles in the Chicago area. He lives with his wife and three children in Oak Park.

Tue 1 Sep

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Kimberly Gordon Big Band

Tuesday, September 1
6 – 8 p.m.

Premier Big Band vocalist Kimberly Gordon, with the Kimberly Gordon Big Band, will take you back in time and leave you wanting more. Covering classic Duke Ellington and Count Basie hits, the Big Band will get you ready to dance the night away!

Wed 2 Sep

Zak Morgan

PHOTO: Zak Morgan

Wednesday, September 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

With a background in children’s literature plus a Grammy nomination for his kids’ songs, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his live performances. His exuberant celebration of wordplay and humorous storytelling are all typical of Morgan’s songwriting. He aims to inspire his listeners to enjoy learning for its own sake while providing nonstop entertainment via catchy music and lyrics that make all ages hoot with delight.

“He displays a passion for creating music that treats children as intelligent and creative beings capable of relating to, and engaging in, songs that raise the bar in their thinking. His wordplay is wonderful; he approaches each song as a separate musical adventure.”—Chicago Parent

Thu 3 Sep

The Hoyle Brothers

The Hoyle Brothers

Thursday, September 3
6 - 8 p.m.

The Hoyle Brothers have been called the “ambassadors of real country music” by the Chicago Tribune. The five-piece band has held a 12-year Friday happy hour residency at the Empty Bottle, a weekly event that brings dancers and honky-tonkers of all ages together for two hours of boot-scootin’ good times. The Hoyle Brothers dutifully draw from country music’s richest traditions to provide a memorable and musically skilled good time, every time.

Mon 7 Sep

Carillonneur Mark Lee

PHOTO: Carillon Concert

Mark Lee
Monday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Mark Lee

Mark Lee is certified as a carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and performs regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. He has served on the Guild’s Examination committee and as co-editor of the Guild’s newsletter Carillon News.

Lee is music director at St. Bonaventure Oratory in Chicago and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois, and choir director at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, Illinois. He maintains an active teaching studio in Chicago, and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Toronto, Ontario.

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