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“the region’s premier ensemble” — Chicago Tribune

Unwind after work with the Chicago Chamber Musicians at the Mayne Stage! Mingle with other concert goers and enjoy drinks before, during, or after the concert. You’ll be part of a lively, engaging conversation with the artists hosted by some of the top music figures in the industry before each concert. Plus, these concerts are only one hour and start early, so you’ll be on your way home in time for dinner. Or, stay and enjoy dinner after the concert at Mayne Stage’s pub, Act One.

Astor Piazzolla “Spring” and “Summer” from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango
Ravel “Blues” from Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major
Paul Schoenfield Café Music* 

*Listen for free on CCM’s music archive at encoreCCM.org.

Piazzolla’s tumultuous “Spring” and sultry “Summer” movements from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires are inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Le Grand Tango is considered one of Piazzolla’s masterpieces and is known for its powerful rhythmic effects. Ravel was influenced by American jazz and blues music when he wrote the “Blues” movement of his last chamber work, the Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major. Schoenfield’s Café Music fuses popular and classical styles in a way that will delight and surprise you.

CCM artists Jasmine Lin violin, Clancy Newman cello and Meng-Chieh Liu piano
Host: Dr. Ryan Nelson

Dr. Ryan T. Nelson is the Music Director in Residence for the School of Communication at Northwestern University where he coordinates all musical activities for the Theatre and Interpretation Center, teaches in the Music Theatre Program, and music directs and supervises several productions each year, including the famed Waa-Mu Show. As part of the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern, Nelson has music directed or supervised premieres including “Was,” “The Boys Are Coming Home,” and “Asphalt Beach.” Nelson has music directed numerous shows at Chicago Marriott Theater including “Footloose,” “Oliver,” “Grease, “Guys and Dolls,” and the world premiere of “For The Boys.” Nelson has been nominated for a JEFF award for excellence in Chicago theatre for his productions of “A Chorus Line,” and “The Light in the Piazza,” at the Marriott. This season Nelson will be music directing “Rent,” “Legally Blonde,” “Spring Awakening,” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Nelson has conducted and recorded with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), most recently at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Meet The Composer Series at the Morgan Library (NYC), and the 2010 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He received his bachelor's degree in music education from Duquesne University. His master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in conducting are from the University of North Texas.


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