Chamber Mondays explore a rich diversity of chamber music, featuring Chicago’s most talented classical, jazz, and ethnic music instrumentalists and vocalists.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Wednesdays) features solo and ensemble performances of classical music that showcase emerging performers.
Location: 78 E. Washington St., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd floor south, 312-744-6630.
Upcoming Chamber 1st and 4th Monday concerts:
Upcoming Wednesday Dame Myra Hess Memorial concerts (Broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live at www.wfmt.com.):
- Thomas Mesa, Piano September 6, 12:15pm
- Dame Myra Hess Goes to the Park! September 13, 12:15pm
On September 13, the Dame Myra Hess concert leaves the Cultural Center and heads to the Pritzker Stage in Millennium Park for its usual 12:15pm performance. To celebrate our first-ever outside Hess concert – and pay tribute to the glorious Pritzker Pavilion – we will combine two brass quintets for this performance: Gaudete Brass and Red Star Brass. The program will feature works by Hindemith, Garrop, Gabrieli, and Plog. So grab your sun-glasses and sun-hat, and join us on September 13 at the Pritzker Pavilion.
- Sung Chang, Piano September 20, 12:15pm
- Yingying Su, Piano October 4, 12:15pm
- Milton String Quartet October 11, 12:15pm
- Vermeer Quartet, Strings, Arianna String Quartet 40th Hess Anniversary Concert October 18, 12:15pm
- Fuego Quartet, Saxophone Quartet October 25, 12:15pm
- Trio Céleste, Violin, Cello, Piano November 1, 12:15pm
- Mon-Puo Lee, Cello Han-Wen Jennifer Yu, Piano November 8, 12:15pm
- Yoonah Kim, Clarinet Kevin Ahfat, Piano November 15, 12:15pm
- Andrei Muravev, Bassoon William McNally, Piano November 22, 12:15pm
- Audrey Abela, Piano November 29, 12:15pm
- Benedict Kloeckner, Cello Andrew Armstrong, Piano December 6, 12:15pm
About the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, was the first permanent Chicago Public Library after the original library was lost in the Chicago fire in 1871. In addition to the library the building was also a Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (on the north side) dedicated to Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War. All the Civil War artifacts once displayed here are now located at the Harold Washington Library. Here’s the buildings extensive history.
The City of Chicago refers to it as “a People’s Palace – a celebration of the arts, education, Chicago, and the world.”
There is also a free building tour showcasing the Greek-inspired (north side) and Roman-inspired (south side) architecture, two domes (one of which is the world’s largest Tiffany Dome) and ornate multi-colored mosaics, marble and decorative molding.
Public Group Tours:
- Tours are presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:15 pm.
- Tours meet in the Randolph Street lobby.
- The group will be limited to the first twenty people.
- To schedule tours for groups of ten or more at other times, contact Anna Marie Gazzi at 312.744.7917.
Private Group Tours:
- Trained docents will conduct free, prearranged private tours for adult groups on Mondays though Fridays, 9 am-3 pm.
- Private tours are not available during weekends.
- Private tours are designed for adults and teenagers 13 years and over.
- Group sizes are limited, call for details.
- Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the scheduled date by calling 312.744.7917.
- Private tours begin at the Chicago Cultural Center Information Desk in the Randolph Street lobby.
All self-guided group tours must check in with security upon entry.