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Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 29 June 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Stage 773
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 28 June 2013 - 7:30 PM
Rose Guccione performs the role of Exzellenz Hardegg in Chicago Folks Operetta's The Land of Smiles which runs June 28th through July 14th, 2013

SYNOPSIS: The operetta is set in China and concerns Lisa, a young European woman who has married the Chinese Prince Sou Chong. However, her newly adopted country is not everything she expects it to be and she finds the customs of the land not to her liking - in particular, the custom that dictates that Prince Sou Chong should have more than one wife. She cannot accept this and expresses her desire to return to Europe, but he refuses to let her go. Only after seeing how terribly unhappy she is does he relent and allow her to go back to Europe. This ending remained, in the words of one critic, “the beautiful, and also brave, operetta conclusion, which instead of a hackneyed finale,” provided “a worthwhile and psychologically correct solution.” The Land of Smiles thus broke new ground in the genre of operetta. It will also be a new direction for our company, as we explore the richly romantic operettas of Lehár’s later years.
Presenters: Chicago Folks Operetta; Stage 773
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns
Artist: Rose Guccione (Voice)
Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Nichols Concert Hall
Evanston, Illinois
Sunday, 2 June 2013 - 7:00 PM
Stile Antico - for 5-voice cello ensemble
World Premiere

Featured as part of the Chicago Cello Society's finale concert of music for one cello to large cello ensemble
Presenter: Chicago Cello Society
Diehnelt: Stile Antico: On a theme of Palestrina
Nichols Concert Hall
Evanston, Illinois
Sunday, 2 June 2013 - 7:00 PM
The Chicago Cello Society's season concludes with a concert featuring works for cello beginning with a solo piece, then a duet, then a trio until we reach a massive cello choir!
Presenter: Chicago Cello Society
Casals: Le Rois Mages
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Bartók: Romanian Folkdances, arr. for cello ensemble
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Arranger: Mladen Miloradovic
Sherwood Music School
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 31 May 2013 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: South Loop Symphony
Elgar: Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, Op. 86 (Bach, BWV 537)
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Arranger: Sir Edward Elgar
Bruch: Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
Artist: Nora Williams (Viola)
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Huydts: Els Trobadors, op 48
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - 6:00 PM

Zephyr Ensemble brings together five distinct sounds – flute, oboe clarinet, bassoon and French horn – to paint music in gusty, agile, and robust fashion.


French horn player Jean McCullough provides the robust anchor; clarinetist Bonnie Campbell adds smooth, agile grace; bassoonist Roy Harris interjects earthy, slightly boisterous hues; oboist Christine Phillips brings flowing song; flutist Susan Crandall imparts swirls and dashes of silver and light.

This dynamic woodwind quintet calls for a strong wind advisory!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Susan Crandall (Flute); Christine Phillips (Oboe); Bonnie Campbell (Clarinet); Roy Harris (Bassoon); Jean McCullough (French Horn)
Ensemble: Zephyr Winds
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 12 May 2013 - 2:30 PM
Vissi d'Arte brings together harpist Nancy O’Brien, flautist Heather Taylor Earnhart, and cellist Mara Leonard to offer relaxing and meditative music as a refreshing oasis of peace and rejuvenation.

Vissi d'Arte will draw you in with their colorful beauty and serenity.


Heather Taylor Earnhart is a professional flutist in Chicago. She has appeared with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Glenview Symphony Orchestra, The Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Earnhart received her Master of Music degree from DePaul University in the studio of Donald Peck, Principal Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University. Along with being a member of “Vissi d’Arte”, Ms. Earnhart is also a member of the Chicago based Prism Chamber Ensemble. She performs at numerous social and corporate engagements throughout the US and Europe and has appeared as solo artist in residence at the Rome Festival in Rome, Italy.

Cellist Mara Leonard is a performing and teaching musician in the Chicago area. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from North Park College and her Master of Music from Chicago Musical College with an added two years of independent study in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. She has performed with the Civic and Northwest Indiana Symphonies, The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and many other orchestras and theaters. As well as being a part of “Vissi d’Arte” she is Music Director at St. James Lutheran Church in Western Springs, Illinois.

Ms. Leonard has been teaching cello and piano in Oak Park for more than thirty years and currently is director of the Sound Concepts Music Studio. She has been on the faculties of Elmhurst College and Sherwood Conservatory of Music where she was coordinator of the string program. Some of her students have gone on to active performing careers and she enjoys working with students of all levels and ages.

Ms. O’Brien has been providing music for weddings and special events for over 40 years. She began her professional life as an organist and switched to the harp 20 years ago. As an orchestral harpists she has performed with The Pennsylvania State University Philharmonic, Bucknell University Philharmonic, Altoona Symphony, Williamsport Symphony, Centre Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Valley Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Rockford Symphony, Oak Park Symphony and numerous chamber and choral groups. She has performed with popular artists such as The Manhattan Transfer.

Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Heather Taylor Earnhart (Flute); Nancy O'Brien (Harp); Mara Leonard (Cello)
Ensemble: Vissi d'Arte
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 6:45 PM
Speaker
Pre-Concert talk
BWV 172, 6, 21
Presenter: Chicago Bach Ensemble
Bach: Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget ihr Saiten, BWV 172
Ensemble: Chicago Bach Ensemble
Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6
Ensemble: Chicago Bach Ensemble
Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21
Ensemble: Chicago Bach Ensemble
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 2:30 PM
The original Organic Pop.
In their distinct style of organic pop, the eclectic duo of singer and songwriters Jillian Speece and Nathan Hoff weave stories in sound. Inspired by the American grit of their hometown of South Bend, Indiana, The Bergamot will grab you with their stunning vocals, crisp harmonies and earnest lyrics!

The Bergamot is Jillian Speece (vocals) and Nathan Hoff (vocals, guitar, kick drum, keys). The duo recently won the title of “The Best Unsigned American Band” in Bud Light’s Battle of the Bands and their upcoming album Static Flowers is due out in December. Speece and Hoff are both classically trained musicians, but their songwriting inspiration comes from the classics of another era: 20th century popular music. The Bergamot’s blissful combustion of singer songwriter and modern pop, crisp vocal harmonies, earnest story telling and intricate instrumentation is founded in the classic work of Motown, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, and Buddy Holly. The Aquarian’s Sara Fazio calls The Bergamot “a force to be reckoned with.”
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Jillian Speece (Voice); Nathan Hoff (Guitar, Voice)
Ensemble: The Bergamot
Sherwood Music School
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 23 March 2013 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: South Loop Symphony
Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Marco Namowicz
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Artist: Elizabeth Hale Knox (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Levin: Dancas Latinas
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 - 6:00 PM
Stephen Hartman and his Electric Silhouette Celtic Harp

Harpist Stephen Hartman will show-and-play both his formal concert grand pedal harp and his sleek Silhouette electric harp as he shares music of Ireland, Scotland and beyond. From pure acoustical magic to the Jimmy-Hendrix-power of an electric harp, Stephen brings the full voice of the modern harp to life!

Enjoy the bedazzling and electrifying sounds of the harp in this rare presentation by a master performer.


Stephen Hartman is principal and solo harpist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Opera Theater. As auxiliary harpist, he has appeared at home and on world tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in New York, Japan, Germany and Switzerland, under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.
As a freelance harpist, he has performed with the touring productions based in Chicago of Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The King & I, Show Boat, Phantom of the Opera, 42nd Street, Sugar Babies (4 times!), Camelot, Shenandoah, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Good-Bye Girl, My Fair Lady, and was on call with many of the major recording studios. In 1991 he toured nationally with the Warner Brother’s Symphony Orchestra, accompanying the infamous Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Popular vocal artists, such as Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and Joni Mitchell, have included him in their Chicago production orchestras.
His flute & harp duo, Capriccio, has been featured on WFMT radio’s Live From Studio One, and has been included in the Illinois Artstour and Heartland Arts Fund Community Connections Program. His recordings include Capriccio’s: Caprices, Tick Tock Harp Duo’s: Carols of the Winter Solstice, as well as CD projects with the Glenn Ellyn Children’s Choir, Milwaukee Children’s Choir, New Classic Singers, St. Charles Singers, Cathedral Singers and many more. He has recorded and toured with the late composer William Ferris to the Vatican’s Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.
Mr. Hartman is a former student of Peter Eagle at Indiana University’s School of Music, where he received both the BM and MM degrees in harp performance. He has served on the faculty of DePaul University and North Park University, and currently has a private studio in Oak Park, IL.
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artist: Stephen Hartman (Harp)
Ensemble: Stephen Hartman
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 2:30 PM
A Small Group of Large Instruments

Led by Jacque Harper, the Chicago Bass Ensemble performs everything from arrangements of 16th-century vocal pieces to newly-composed works for bass quartet. Joined by bassists Michael Cameron, Anton Hatwich, and Hans Peterman this unique ensemble lets the bass take center stage and shine as never before!

Come hear “A Small Group of Large Instruments” reveal a new world of sound and color!



The double bass is an instrument not often seen in a solo role, and even less often does one see an ensemble composed entirely of double basses. Chicago is home to one of these unusual groups, the Chicago Bass Ensemble.

In order to demonstrate the wide versatility of the instrument and the ensemble, music from a mixture of musical styles is usually programmed. In 2012, the group took part in commissioning two new works for bass ensemble from composer Tony Osborne, and at least one of these works will be on the program for March 10.

The group has performed regularly at the Chicago Bass Festival, and has also made appearances at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Center Portion performance space, ARC Gallery, Heaven Gallery, and Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio.

Members of the Chicago Bass Ensemble are Jacque Harper, John Floeter, Anton Hatwich, and Hans Peterman. All are active in classical, jazz, teaching and theater in the Chicagoland area.
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Jacque Harper (Bass); Anton Hatwich (Bass); Hans Peterman (Bass); Michael Cameron (Double Bass)
Ensemble: Chicago Bass Ensemble
The Chicago Bass Ensemble is a unique chamber music ensemble made up exclusively of double bassists.

The double bass is not often seen as a solo instrument, so audiences are surprised–pleasantly, I assure you–to hear the wide variety of melodic and emotional music the double bass is capable of.

You are probably about to ask “Wait, you mean four bass players? Aren’t there any other instruments?”

Yep, four bass players. Just bass
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 10 February 2013 - 2:30 PM

The Good Shepherds offer a blend of full-throated Gospel and intimate song.

Start with two rich-voiced baritone singers - add a spicy tenor – and you’ve got the Good Shepherds: Brandon Brown and Donald Manuel (baritones) and tenor Brian-Alwyn Newland.

Come hear this vocal trio persuade you passionately with their music!



The Good Shepherds were formed in 2010 at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the south side of Chicago as a result of the need for more spirit filled music in the church. The ensemble is comprised of one tenor and two baritones, Brian-Alwyn Newland, Brandon Brown, and Donald Manuel. (Pianist Shantram Hawkins) All singers are classically trained, and enjoy different styles of music which is what makes this group unique. The Good Shepherds have become a much anticipated staple in the worship services at the church, and enjoy sharing their God given talents with everyone!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Brian-Alwyn Newland (Tenor); Brandon Brown (Baritone); Donald Manuel (Baritone); The Good Shepherds
Driehaus Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 27 January 2013 - 2:30 PM
During the early 1820s, the great Austrian composer Franz Schubert was part of a close-knit circle of artists and students who held intimate social gatherings and private concerts that became known as Schubertiaden. Experience the camaraderie and joy of those gatherings re-created in the beautiful, historical setting of the Driehaus Museum during this specially curated, intimate preview of PianoForte Foundation’s annual Schubertiade Festival.

To celebrate Schubert’s 216th birthday, talented performers present a sampling of chamber music works written and inspired by the prolific composer in the Driehaus Museum’s ballroom. Schubert’s music spans the emotional spectrum, from the dark drama of Der Erlkvönig to the sweet tribute of An die Musik, and this afternoon concert is guaranteed to touch every listener.

This one-hour program is presented in partnership with PianoForte Foundation. Ticket includes general admission to the Museum.

After the concert, an off-site wine & cheese reception will be held for all attendees from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Residency of the Austrian Trade Commissioner, Franz Roessler, 100 E Huron Street, Apartment # 3805.
Presenter: PianoForte Foundation
Schubert: Der Erlkönig, D 328/Op. 1
Ensemble: Prism Chamber Ensemble
Arranger: Kim Diehnelt
Schubert: Entr'acte No. 3 from Rosamunde
Ensemble: Prism Chamber Ensemble
Arranger: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 6:00 PM
Ukrainian violin virtuoso Maria Storm offers a performance to dazzle and move you.

As a solo violinist Maria is well-known for her sparkling and expressive playing. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and appears frequently on radio in Europe and in the U.S. Maria will present her solo playing as well as intimate duets and trios. Joined by local flutist Nancy Rinaldi Williams and cellist Kyra Saltman, Maria and her friends invite you to enjoy beautiful, heartfelt classical music.
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Artists: Maria Storm (Violin); Kyra Saltman (Cello)
Bach: Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Artist: Maria Storm (Violin)
Telemann: Canonic Sonata in G major
Artists: Nancy Rinaldi Williams (Flute); Maria Storm (Violin)
Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1 in G major, K. 423
Artists: Maria Storm (Violin); Kyra Saltman (Cello)
Caliendo: Trio
Artists: Nancy Rinaldi Williams (Flute); Maria Storm (Violin); Kyra Saltman (Cello)
International House
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 19 January 2013 - 7:00 PM
*This event is in collaboration with Aid For Africa. Proceeds from this event will benefit the education of women and children in Kenya.

Pinkerton, an American naval officer, has taken lease of a house in Mombasa, Kenya. He is going to live here with his future Kenyan wife, Butterfly. Sharpless, the American consul, warns Pinkerton of getting married. Pinkerton tells him that he is happy with his bride, but adds that one day he will marry a real “American bride.” Butterfly enters and the family gathers for the wedding. The wedding ceremony is disrupted by angry family members, including Butterfly’s uncle, a priest who renounce her and condemn her to poverty. As the family leaves after the wedding, the couple celebrates their love and their first night alone together.

After three years, Butterfly has not heard from Pinkerton. His time in Kenya through the navy had concluded and he left. Butterfly is impoverished but convinced that he will return to her. Sharpless has received a letter from Pinkerton telling him that he has married an American woman, Kate. Butterfly, ignorant of Pinkteron’s deception refuses to remarry because she is convinced that he is faithful and she is excited to introduce him to his son. Upon learning about Pinkerton’s infidelity Butterfly gives her son to Pinkerton and his new wife, and in an act of absolute sorrow, kills herself.

Performances January 18-19th take place at the International House at University of Chicago which is located at 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Performances February 8th-10th take place at The Chicago Temple which is located at 77 West Washington, Chicago, IL 60602.
Presenter: American Chamber Opera
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ensemble: ACO Ensemble
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
International House
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 18 January 2013 - 7:00 PM
*This event is in collaboration with Aid For Africa. Proceeds from this event will benefit the education of women and children in Kenya.

Pinkerton, an American naval officer, has taken lease of a house in Mombasa, Kenya. He is going to live here with his future Kenyan wife, Butterfly. Sharpless, the American consul, warns Pinkerton of getting married. Pinkerton tells him that he is happy with his bride, but adds that one day he will marry a real “American bride.” Butterfly enters and the family gathers for the wedding. The wedding ceremony is disrupted by angry family members, including Butterfly’s uncle, a priest who renounce her and condemn her to poverty. As the family leaves after the wedding, the couple celebrates their love and their first night alone together.

After three years, Butterfly has not heard from Pinkerton. His time in Kenya through the navy had concluded and he left. Butterfly is impoverished but convinced that he will return to her. Sharpless has received a letter from Pinkerton telling him that he has married an American woman, Kate. Butterfly, ignorant of Pinkteron’s deception refuses to remarry because she is convinced that he is faithful and she is excited to introduce him to his son. Upon learning about Pinkerton’s infidelity Butterfly gives her son to Pinkerton and his new wife, and in an act of absolute sorrow, kills herself.

Performances January 18-19th take place at the International House at University of Chicago which is located at 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Performances February 8th-10th take place at The Chicago Temple which is located at 77 West Washington, Chicago, IL 60602.
Presenter: American Chamber Opera
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ensemble: ACO Ensemble
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 2:30 PM
Flamenco guitar and gypsy jazz
Guitarist John Papadolias and “Chanson du” present high-energy gypsy jazz! From “toque gitano” style to the sounds of the Quintet 0f the Hot Club of France.

Chanson du Chat is a gypsy jazz style ensemble led by guitarist John Papadolias. Steeped in 1930s style of gypsy swing, paying homage to Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Chanson du Chat plays lively and energetic music that turns heads.

Featured members are Dave Bowers and John Papadolias on guitars, Chad Watson on upright bass, and Jim LeFager on drums and percussion, Chanson du Chat performs standards of the gypsy swing era, the Edith Piaf Songbook as well as original compositions
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Dave Bowers (Guitar); John Papadolias (Guitar); Chad Watson (Double Bass); Jim LeFager (Drums)
Ensemble: Chanson du Chat
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 2 December 2012 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Ensemble: Chicago Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Sherwood Music School
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 10 November 2012 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: South Loop Symphony
Bruckner: March in D minor
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Franck: Symphony in D minor, Op. 48
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Debussy: Claire de Lune
Ensemble: South Loop Symphony
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Arranger: André Caplet
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