Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street

All performances are held in Preston Bradley Hall on the third floor. The 45-minute demonstration/recitals begin promptly at 10:30 am and 12 noon.

BALLET CHICAGO & MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS - Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Young Artists for Young Audiences” For the fifth consecutive year the Ballet Chicago Studio Company and Midwest Young Artists team up for a special performance of live music and dance, hosted by Ballet Chicago Artistic Director Daniel Duell and Midwest Young Artists Music Director Allan Dennis. New choreography by four rising dance-makers will be danced by Ballet Chicago Studio Company members to different sections of a string orchestra, played live by the talented musicians of Midwest Young Artists. The program will also include an excerpt from Ballet Chicago's delightful "Nutcracker," and an audience-participation mini-lesson in ballet.

FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Luna de Cuernos (Horned Moon)
The neighborhood gardens of Chicago are in grave danger – who will step up during this time of turmoil to ensure safety and justice? This new, multimedia collaboration between Fifth House Ensemble, graphic novelist Sarah Becan, Humboldt Park of the Chicago Park District, and the Association House of Chicago draws on the stories gathered from the students, families, and residents of the park’s diverse neighborhood. A highly evocative set of contemporary and classic woodwind quintet and trio works highlight a modern Puerto Rican folk tale that is a mystifying and thought-provoking call to action.

AXIOM BRASS - Thursday, January 21, 2016

This interactive “Time to Make Some Music” program is filled with great classical repertoire and musical games. Students get to learn how to buzz their lips to produce sound on a brass instrument and join the Quintet as conductors.  This concert is sure to excite your students and pique their curiosity about classical music and the brass family.

KINGS OF SOUL - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Otis Redding and Sam Cooke wrote some of the most memorable and enduring American Soul songs ever recorded. This new ensemble presents some of his amazing catalog with a Spanish guitar accompaniment and new arrangements featuring the rhythms of Andalusia. 

PANGAEA JAZZ QUARTET - Thursday, March 24, 2016

This colorful ensemble highlights the spontaneous and improvisational aspects of various styles of jazz playing.  The careful listener will be taken on an imaginative musical journey that displays what jazz is about, where it came from, and who is playing and enjoying jazz today.  Learn about our instruments, our lives as musicians and discover the joy and beauty of improvised music!  Student participation. 


Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) Debut Orchestra will be presenting a concert of “classical” music from the 19th and 20th centuries. Between each piece, conductor Terrance Malone Gray, along with members of the predominantly middle school aged orchestra, will demonstrate individual instruments and take questions from the audience. 

RHYTHMUNITY ENSEMBLE (Quintet) - Thursday, May 19, 2016

Drumming is a communal art with oral and aural traditions in many cultures of the world.  The Rhythmunity Ensemble will showcase the intricate role of the drums from chanting to popular song repertoire, classical music as well as folkloric dance traditions in West Africa and North Africa, India, the Middle East, Brazil, and Cuba. This highly energetic program invites audiences to engage with the Ensemble while experiencing sounds and rhythms of many exotic drums from around the world.


The Contemporary Music Project presents dance, drum, and song traditions from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Morocco. Everybody dances to the beat of the drum, but the movements and rhythms change from place to place. How do dancing, drumming, and singing create music so different, yet so familiar? Join us and find out. 

30 East Adams, Suite 1206
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312/670-6888
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