Celebrating 24 years of excellence
Our 2022-2023 Season
Music at Bethel is pleased to announce the line up of our 24th season.
After live streaming our last two seasons entirely from PianoForte Chicago, we are thrilled to announce all concerts will now be performed live and in person from our acoustically excellent sanctuary.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 5 pm
Clarissa Bevilacqua, an international, award winning violinist will perform sonatas from Mozart, Brahms, Poulenc and the Gershwin/Heifitz Porgy and Bess Fantasy. Clarissa debuted at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago in front of ten thousand people when she was nine years old. Miss Bevilacqua first performed in our Bethel sanctuary in 2014 when she was 12, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op.61. Since then, she has performed solo recitals and concerto engagements at venues throughout North America and Europe. Recent and upcoming soloist performances include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cape Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra UniMi, El Sistema Orchestra, and the Salzburger Orchester Solisten.
Performing with Miss Bevilacqua will be Artistic Director Jeffrey Panko on the piano.
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219
A Cole Porter Celebration
Sunday, November 20, 2022 3 pm
Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, Soprano
Lara Filip, Mezzo-Soprano
Alex Newkirk, Tenor
Nathan Rago, Baritone
"Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, let's fall in love." Fall in love all over again with some of the cleverest, funniest and most romantic songs ever written in the 20th Century by American composer Cole Porter. Our four outstanding vocalists will perform tunes from Broadway musicals such as "Kiss Me Kate," "Anything Goes," "The Gay Divorcee" and "Paris," as well as well-known classics from Tin Pan Alley. Felicia Burkovskiy and Lara Filip are both regular contributors to our concert series, but this will be a first time appearance for tenor Alex Newkirk. And we are extremely pleased to welcome Nate Rago to the Music@Bethel stage. Rising Star Nate has served as the Worship Leader at Bethel United Church of Christ since the start of the pandemic. Welcome Nate!
Jeff Panko and Friends
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 7 pm
Jeffrey Panko, piano
Yuriy Geyer, violin
Jennifer Leckie, violin
Uli Widmaier, viola
Tim Archbold, cello
Music at Bethel Artistic Director Jeffrey Panko joins fellow Indigo Ensemble members, violinists Jennifer Leckie and Yuriy Geyer, violist Uli Widmaier and cellist Timothy Archbold, in a program featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, Granados Piano Quintet, and the famous Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K 414 (string quartet version arranged by Mozart)
Granados - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 49
Dvořák - Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
Guest appearance by pianist Zarin Mehta playing the Transcendental Étude No. 8 in C minor Wilde Jagd, by Franz Liszt
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE
316 Huntington Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 7 pm
Music@Bethel is proud to announce the return of one of our most popular bands, performing live and in person from our sanctuary. You will not want to miss the exciting mix of rumba, flamenco and Latin jazz with intoxicating percussion and fiery Spanish guitars. With breathtaking technique, unforgettable melodies and spirited dance, Guitarra Azul promises to transport you to the warmth of a fragrant summer evening. This will be Guitarra Azul's 6th appearance in our concert series, which will feature exciting songs from
their newest CD Café Bolero.
Sunday, April 30, 2023, 3 pm
New this season to our concerts is our "Rising Star Series," in which we plan to showcase up and coming musical talent. Pianist Zarin Mehta recently tied for second place at the International Young Artist Concerto Competition a Chicago-based competition in which 76 musicians from around the world age 18 and younger submitted video auditions of concerti. Mr. Mehta is a 10th grader at the Francis Parker School in Chicago. He has been studying piano for 10 years and currently is coached by Winston Choi and Jeff Panko, and has previously worked with Mary Sauer. He also has appeared in performances with WFMT Classical Radio, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and at Grant Park in Chicago. He also performs in a piano trio coached by Desiree Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe of the Lincoln Trio, and studies composition under Matthew Hagle of the Music Institute of Chicago. Zarin has performed with the Chicago Arts Orchestra twice under conductors Vladimir Kulenovic and Conner Gray Covington.
Mr. Mehta will bring his virtuosity and musical passion to our Music at Bethel audience in a program featuring music of Bach, Schubert, Lizst, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and his own prize-winning composition, Glimpes.