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One of the things I am determined to do this summer is to attend a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert that takes place each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. CDT in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall.
I haven’t been to one in about two years after going regularly before then. And if you are a classical music fan like me, they are a treat. Each Wednesday, except for holidays, the finest musicians from all over the world come to perform from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The concert for Wednesday, May 27 features the trio called V3NTO. It features Jessica Jensen on trumpet, Anna Jacobson on French horn and Skyler Johnson on bass trombone. They will be playing works from Poulenc, Nelhybel and Mozart.
These concerts are named after Dame Myra Hess. According to the International Music Foundation’s website, imfchicago.org, Hess, a world famous pianist, held regular recitals in London during World War II to boost public morale.
Inspired by this, Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, started the Chicago series of concerts in 1977 and they have been held in Preston Bradley Hall ever since.
The concerts are free and if you can’t attend, WFMT-FM 98.7 and wfmt.com always broadcasts and streams them. Attendance is usually excellent so you might want to get there 10 to 15 minutes early for a good seat.
For more information and a schedule of upcoming concerts, visit imfchicago.org. The website also has biographies of the musicians and they show the experience and talent these musicians bring to the stage each Wednesday.