Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 35 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.
Sticks and Stones Percussion Trio, String Quartet "Etoile"
Rembrandt Young Artists
June 18, 7:00 pm CST
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster
May 31, 6:00 pm
David Taylor joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster in 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he first studied violin with his father beginning at the age of 4, and later continued his studies with Margaret Randall and Rafael Druian at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, where he received both bachelor and master’s degrees. He became a member of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1974 as a first violinist. With the Chicago Symphony he has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with Sir Georg Solti. He also has served as acting-concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony and Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist
May 31, 6:00 pm
Richard Hirschl joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s cello section in 1989. A native of Washington, Missouri, he began cello lessons with his father, an amateur cellist. His intermediate studies were with Savely Schuster, associate principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony. He was accepted into the class of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a master’s degree in 1988.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist
May 31, 6:00 pm
Violist Weijing Wang has joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra appointed by Music director Riccardo Muti in March 2012. Prior to joining the CSO, she served as acting associate principal in the St. Louis Symphony orchestra from 2009-12. From 2007-09, she served as principal of the Phoenix Symphony, as the youngest principal player ever in the history of the orchestra.
Conductor and Pianist - New Millennium Orchestra
May 5, 7pm CST
Since his debut in Chicago just over a decade ago, Mr. Milioto now balances a busy career conducting a wide range of orchestral and operatic repertoire while maintaining a full schedule as a pianist and vocal coach. He currently holds the positions of Co-founder/Conductor of the New Millennium Orchestra, Music Director of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Highland Park Strings, and Artistic Director/Conductor of Access Contemporary Music.
Violist and DJ - New Millennium Orchestra
May 5, 7pm CST
Mr. Johnson is currently the executive director and principal violist of the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago (NMO), an ensemble he co-founded in 2005. Dominic has performed with artists as diverse as Brian Wilson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Belle and Sebastian, and Reggie Watts. Dominic has also led NMO ensembles in performances with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dj Spooky, eighth blackbird, and rapper Lupe Fiasco.
Cellist from Dal Niente Ensemble
April 21, 7pm CST
Cellist and conductor Chris Wild has performed in concert halls throughout North America and Europe and in broadcasts on CTV National News (Canada) and classical radio stations WQXR (New York) and WFMT (Chicago). His debut cello album, Abhanden, is described by New Music Box as "a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo cello... Wild's approach to the material is soaring, lyrical, and bold...confirms that Wild is not only an exciting performer to watch, but also a wise programmer and collaborator." An avid interpreter of new music, Chris is currently Artistic Coordinator and Cellist for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based collective of "super-musicians" (Chicago Tribune). In addition to their local concert series, Dal Niente has performed in concert halls and universities throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. Chris has also performed classical and contemporary music as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), Experimental Sound Studio SWR (Germany) and University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra.
Principal Clarinetist from Las Vegas Philharmonic
April 17, 7pm CST
Violinist from Lyric Opera of Chicago
March 17, 7pm CST
John Macfarlane has served as Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestras, and served as the first violinist of the Eykamp String Quartet. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in Violin from the University of Maryland. He recently joined the Lyric Opera Orchestra as Assistant Principal Second Violin. John lives in Chicago with his wife, violinist Karyn Macfarlane and their three kids.
Soprano from Lyric Opera of Chicago
March 17, 7 pm CST
Praised for her "international voice" that is "powerful, articulate, and modulated at will", soprano Tracy Cantin is quickly becoming one of North America’s top emerging artists. Currently in her third season with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center, she has been lauded by critics for her “spellbinding”, “impassioned” and “magnetic” stage presence, as well as for her “luminous tone”, “rich, full-bodied sound” and “ringing high notes”.
Principal Trombonist from Lyric Opera of Chicago
March 17, 7pm CST
Jeremy Moeller was appointed Principal Trombone of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra by Music Director Sir Andrew Davis in 2009. He also currently serves as Assistant Principal/Second Trombone for the Grant Park Orchestra during the summer season, a post he has held since 2004, and Principal Trombone with the Chicago Philharmonic. Prior to his appointment at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jeremy served as Acting Second Trombone with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops for two seasons. He has also performed with the Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, San Antonio, Charleston, and Alabama Symphonies.
Conductor of Ars Viva Orchestra
February 17, 7pm CST
Heatherington is among the most highly regarded and revered choral and orchestral conductors in Chicago. He is also a distinguished professional violinist. He is particularly known for bringing a microphone on stage and delivering an impromptu introduction and commentary on one or more of the pieces the orchestra is performing. The Chicago Tribune's classical music critic, reporting on an Ars Viva concert, wrote that "Heatherington knows precisely what he wants and has the leadership skills to bring his musical ideas alive through a solid ensemble that includes numerous Chicago Symphony players in key positions." In 2005, Maestro Heatherington was named the Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. He was named by the Chicago Tribune as a Chicagoan of the Year for 2004. In 2006, the Lake Forest Symphony, which he directs, was named Illinois Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. In 2010 he received the Cultural Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, for "sustained leadership, extending beyond his own organizations and community, that has profoundly impacted the state of the Arts in Illinois."