The Music Institute of Chicago presents Syrian musician and composer Issam Rafea and his Trio October 18 at 3:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. The Trio plays an astonishingly emotional and virtuosic repertoire of traditional Syrian music and new compositions for oud, tabla, and voice.
Issam Rafea, one of Syria’s elite musicians, is a refugee now establishing himself as a professional musician and educator in the United States. He has a passion for infusing traditional Arab and Middle Eastern music with new compositional ideas and instrumentation. Rafea led a groundbreaking collaboration with Damen Albarn of the British rock bands Blur and The Gorillaz.
WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) open their 35th season with the farcical black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring.
Two Victorian sisters are known throughout Brooklyn for their virtues, eccentricities, and charitable acts. What their neighbors don’t know is the sweet ladies are knocking off lonely old men with homemade elderberry wine splashed with arsenic. When the sisters’ nephew Mortimer comes home for a visit, his aunts’ misdeeds and the schemes of his two insane brothers are uncovered.
Performances of Arsenic and Old Lace take place October 23–November 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 pm at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey Avenue in Chicago. Free parking is available in two lots. WTTW members may purchase two full-price tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.
A world premiere by Jackson Berkey opens the 23rd season of The Orion Ensemble. “French and German Tapestries” features guest violist Stephen Boe, a highly respected Chicago chamber musician, on a program that features Berkey’s Homage to Percy Bysshe Shelley for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano; three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento in E-flat Major for String Trio, K. 563; Fantasy in C Minor for Piano, K. 396; and Trio (Kegelstatt) in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, K. 498 – and Gabriel Fauré’s Quartet in C Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 15.
The Orion Ensemble’s concert program takes place Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street in Geneva; Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 pm at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston; and Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. WTTW members may purchase two tickets for the price of one, subject to availability.