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March 2018
free and open to the public

Women Composers Around the World

March 31 at 7:15 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Plymouth Place presents Crossing Borders Music in a performance of chamber music by women composers from Taiwan, Venezuela, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, and the US! In addition to unforgettable music in many styles, we’ll share the composers’ perspectives on how being a women has affected – or hasn’t affected – their lives in music. The program will include “Yeah… I Hit Like a Girl” by Amanda John, Teresa Carreño‘s String Quartet, Yi Yiing Chen’s…

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April 2018
free and open to the public

Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

April 13 at 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

This special concert shares the music and stories of resilience of Bahá’í composers from Iran! These courageous musicians risked their lives and safety to pursue their musical education in Iran in the face of their government's systemic persecution of Bahá'ís. Marianne Parker, piano; Maya Shiraishi, violin; and Tom Clowes, cello will perform works by composers including Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, and Farid Javidan. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

April 22 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

This special, fifth-annual concert shares the music and stories of resilience of Iranian Bahá’í musicians! These courageous musicians risked their lives and safety to pursue their musical education in Iran in the face of their government's systemic persecution of Bahá'ís. The music will be performed by Fahimeh Mehrabkhani, voice; Marianne Parker, piano; Maya Shiraishi, violin; and Tom Clowes, cello. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater on the second…

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May 2018
$15

Untold Beauty of Haiti: a Piano Concert

May 3 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604 United States

Crossing Borders Music and the CSO African-American Network present “Untold Beauty of Haiti: a Piano Concert"! The performance will take place at The Club, on the 8th Floor of the Chicago Symphony Center. The performances’ compositions have been preserved by the Société de recherche et de diffusion de la musique haïtienne (SRDMH) (Society for the Research and Diffusion of Haitian Music) in Montreal, archived by the Laboratory of World Music Research of the Université de Montréal, and prepared into performance editions by Dr. Robert Grenier…

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Celebrating Music from Syria and Egypt

May 6 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Family Piano Co., 114 S Genesee St Ste 402
Waukegan, IL 60085 United States

Syrian musicians Issam Rafea, oud, and Omar al Musfi, percussion, join Maya Shiraishi, violin, and Tom Clowes, cello, to celebrate music by composers from Syria and Egypt. The ensemble will present original works composed by Rafea, Sufi-inspired violin solos by Abdo Dagher, and the violin-cello duo of Gamal Abdel-Rahim, whose music combines Egyptian modal scales, rhythms, and melodies with European-inspired harmonies. ***This event is currently open only to Waukegan Chamber Music Society season ticket holders. Individual tickets may go on…

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Recovering the Art of Eustasio Rosales, Chicago’s First Hispanic Composer

May 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N Lakeview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States

Enjoy the art of Eustasio Rosales in this performance of his recently rediscovered chamber music, including the world premiere of his violin sonata! Eustasio Rosales was a Colombian immigrant known as Chicago's first Hispanic Composer, and his music was celebrated in his lifetime, including in performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After his death, though, his music has languished in storage in his grand-daughter's basement. The concert will premiere recently rediscovered scores from the composer's granddaughter's collection, unearthed and performed…

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June 2018
free and open to the public

Honoring Refugee Composers

June 10 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

Crossing Borders Music honors refugees around the world in this performance of music written by or about refugees! Hear the proud "Refugees Anthem" by Moutaz Arian. Be stirred by Tatev Amiryan's "Tristesse," a homage to the famous Armenian musician Komitas. The piece expresses Komitas' pain and sorrow as the Armenian Genocide forced him from his home and caused him to suffer a mental breakdown as he lived in exile for the rest of his life. Hear Ruth Schonthal's String Quartet…

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Artists of the Wall Festival 2018!

June 17 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobey Prinz Beach Park, 1050 W. Pratt Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 United States

Crossing Borders Music plays at the Artists of the Wall Festival 2018! Join us as we celebrate musical stories of resilience in a performance of string quartet music by composers from around the world! The hour-long program features music by composers from Uganda, Argentina, the Soviet Union, the Chickasaw Nation, Iran, Taiwan, and the US. Each piece shares a unique story of resilience, whether in the face of personal loss, political oppression, or other people's incorrect assumptions!

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Honoring Refugee Composers

June 21 at 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

Crossing Borders Music honors refugees around the world in this performance of music written by or about refugees! Hear the proud "Refugees Anthem" by Moutaz Arian. Be stirred by Tatev Amiryan's "Tristesse," a homage to the famous Armenian musician Komitas. The piece expresses Komitas' pain and sorrow as the Armenian Genocide forced him from his home and caused him to suffer a mental breakdown as he lived in exile for the rest of his life. Hear Ruth Schonthal's String Quartet…

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July 2018
Free and open to the public

Night Out in the Parks: Music and Stories of Resilience

July 13 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Buttercup Park, 4901 N Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60640 United States

Crossing Borders Music, in association with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative, presents “Stories and Music of Resilience,” a program of string quartet music by composers from around the world! This family-friendly program features music by composers from Uganda, Argentina, the Soviet Union, the Chickasaw Nation, Iran, Taiwan, and the US. Each piece shares a unique story of resilience, whether in the face of personal loss, political oppression, or other people’s incorrect assumptions!

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