On Sunday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m., join the Chicago Philharmonic at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston for a musical and visual journey through England, France, and Bohemia. Guest conductor Leif Bjaland takes the stage, along with Lyric Opera’s Principal Harpist, Marguerite Lynn Williams, and Art Historian Jeff Nigro of the Art Institute of Chicago. The program starts with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beloved Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a lush, soaring work for string choir based on a tune from the English Renaissance. Next, Marguerite Lynn Williams adds her masterful flourishes to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Morceau de Concert for Harp and Orchestra. Finally, the orchestra presents Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, his stirring tribute to his homeland and the struggles of the Czech people, written for London’s Royal Philharmonic Society. As a special bonus, Art Historian Jeff Nigro of the Art Institute of Chicago will provide an illustrated tour using paintings evocative of the exquisite Romantic music on this program.
Pick-Staiger Hall is located at 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL. A free shuttle is available to transport guests from the double-decker parking structure off of campus drive to the entrance of the concert hall. Parking is free on weekends and the concert hall is handicap accessible. Shuttle service begins 45 minutes before the concert, and runs for 30 minutes after the concert.
Passport to Passion is made possible in part by support from Concertmaster Sponsor Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Inc. Thank you!