Chicago, IL - May 6, 2019 - The International Music Foundation (IMF) is proud to present the 2019 season of Rush Hour Concerts. Beginning June 4 and continuing every Tuesday through August 13, join IMF for free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral located at 65 East Huron Street. Doors open at 5:00PM, pre-concert conversations begin at 5:15PM and performances begin at 5:45PM.

Rush Hour Concerts revamps the traditional classical music concert format by presenting short, high-quality chamber music performances in an intimate and informal setting. Each free half-hour concert is performed by world-class musicians from Chicago ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and numerous independent chamber music groups. Prior to each concert, audience members are invited to participate in a conversation with performers and composers led by Rush Hour Concerts Artistic Director Anthony Devroye.

The lineup for the twentieth anniversary season of Rush Hour Concerts emphasizes music by female composers, along with an eclectic mix of repertoire favorites and hidden gems. Every program features women composers and/or performers, with music ranging from the 16th to 21st century.

I am very excited that our series has reached this milestone and that we continue to use this unique space and concert format to present the best emerging and established performers and ensembles Chicago has to offer.” - Anthony Devroye, Artistic Director, Rush Hour Concerts

The complete 2019 Rush Hour Concert schedule is as follows:



June 4  – Season Opener

Brahms: Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra:

Stephanie Jeong, John Macfarlane, violin

Carol Cook, Anthony Devroye, viola

Brant Taylor, Calum Cook, cello


June 11 – Daughters of the Muse

Aleotti: Miserere and Exsurgat

Joan Tower: Copperwave

Stacy Garrop: Legends of Olympus

Tania León: Saoko

Gaudete Brass Quintet


June 18 – From the Creative Lab

Nina Shekhar: Ice ‘n’ Spice

Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma

Sarah Snider: You Are Free

Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales & Turtle Soup

Eighth Blackbird


June 25 - Audience Choice: Viola Century

Ernest Bloch: Suite (1919)

Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata (1919)

Anthony Devroye, viola

Daniel Schlosberg, piano



July 9 – Internal Connections

Kotoka Suzuki: Minyo

Schubert: Quartet in A Minor “Rosamunde”

Spektral Quartet


July 16 – Lyric Shorts

Rossini: The Barber of Seville (excerpts)

Singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago


July 23 – Night and Day

Chen Yi: Night Thoughts

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Op. 11

Civitas Ensemble


July 30 – Sijo Poetry

Korean art song and music inspired by Sijo poetry

Musicians from the Sejong Society, in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation



August 6 – Art of the Quintet

JS Bach: Art of the Fugue (selections)

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op. 57

Avalon String Quartet

Kuang-Hao Huang, piano


August 13 – Season Finale: RHC @ 20

English Choral Music from Six Centuries: Music of Purcell, Stanford, Britten, Judith Weir and Jonathan Dove

Stephen Buzard, conductor

St James Cathedral Choir


For those who cannot attend or would like to experience the performances again, select concerts will be broadcast the following Friday on Lisa Flynn’s “Music in Chicago” on 98.7 WFMT.

The International Music Foundation is pleased to continue their partnership with The Clare  serving as the exclusive media sponsor of the Rush Hour Concert series.


About The International Music Foundation

The International Music Foundation (IMF), founded in 1976, is dedicated to presenting free high-caliber classical music performance and music education experiences in the Chicago metropolitan area for people of all ages and degrees of musical awareness. IMF offers the following programs and educational experiences: Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Rush Hour Concerts, Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Make Music Chicago, Live Music Now!, and professional ensemble educational residencies. For more information, visit or contact IMF Executive Director, Mark Riggleman at (312) 670-6888 |


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