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Saturday, March 3
A special winter family concert series presented in partnership with Rush Hour Concerts
Each week in this three-part series, a new theme will introduce young music enthusiasts and their adult companions to basic musical concepts and help them get to know the woodwind family by solving The Mystery of the Missing Musical Clock on February 25, choosing a Quintet Idol winner on March 3, and playing Where in the World is Quintet Attacca? on March 10.
Families may attend all or choose one; then, after each concert, a special treasure hunt will be available for young guests to explore the museum. As space is limited, reservations are recommended.
Quintet Idol brings the instruments of the wind quintet to life. Each instrument will perform a selection that features its most interesting qualities. The competitors’ pieces include “Flight of the Bumblebee” (flute), “Maple Leaf Rag” (clarinet), “Under the Earth” (oboe), “Roaring Fork” (horn), and “Danza” (bassoon). Competition will be fierce and may even include a playoff at the end! The program introduces kids to the highlights of each instrument so they will be ready to pick their favorite at the Quintet Idol competition. Who will be the winner? It’s up to the audience to decide.
Next week: Where in the World is Quintet Attacca? Click here for more details or to make reservations.
About Quintet Attacca
Founded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is an ensemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences. In recent years, Quintet Attacca has committed itself to inspiring a love of chamber music in young performers. From its “Chamber Winds” program, which originated at the Music Institute of Chicago, to the recent completion of its third annual Summer Chamber Music Institute at MIC, Quintet Attacca is passionate about supporting chamber music opportunities for young musicians.
Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11
Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more
Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17
Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticelli returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more
Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
Wednesday, November 12
Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will explore the history of Tiffany's glass and highlight some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. Read more
An Intimate Evening with Bach
Thursday November 13
Join us as award-winning and nationally celebrated Colombian-American cellist, Christine Lamprea makes her debut at performing J.S. Bach’s classic, Suite No. 6 together with an inspired medley of 20th-century compositions. Read more
Sounds of the Season
Saturday, November 22
Once again this year, period-dressed carolers treat passersby to their favorite holiday songs from the Museum's front porch. Stop by before making your way to the Magnificent Mile's Lights Festival! Read more
Glitter & Gold Holiday Brunch
Saturday, December 6
Gather with family and friends for our first holiday brunch in the Museum’s historic Ballroom. Read more
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Cabaret
Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13
‘Tis the season to delight in the sensational vocal-stylings of acclaimed artist, David Edelfeldt. Together, he and Chicago’s favorite chanteuse, Becky McKenzie will perform winter and holiday favorites in their popular cabaret-style, while you enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Read more
Santa Saturday 2
Saturdays, December 13 and 20
Celebrate the traditions of Gilded Age America that continue to make our winter holidays special! Read more
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