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Our 2020-2021 Season
We are still here! As we are fully committed to the health and safety of our artists, our concert attendees and our Music at Bethel staff, there will be no live concerts until the Fall of 2021. But, do not let your hearts be troubled, because musical performances will continue as we explore other concert options such as live streaming and pre-recorded YouTube clips. Due to very generous donations from loyal concertgoers, we will be able to bring you two additional concerts in 2021. On Sunday, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. we will livestream a solo concert from the PianoForte Chicago Showroom in downtown Chicago, featuring renowned vocalist Evan Tyrone Martin singing the songs of Nat King Cole as well as other musical theater gems. Appearing with Martin will be pianist and musical director Maestra Andra Velis Simon.
On Sunday, August 29th at 4:00 p.m., chamber music returns to the PianoForte stage with The Schubert Trio featuring Jennifer Leckie, violin; Timothy Archbold, cello; and Jeffrey Panko, piano, playing the music of Franz Schubert and Bedřich Smetana.
We Need a Little Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, 7 pm
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In December we will present the virtual musical extravaganza “We Need a Little Christmas” performed by Music at Bethel stars singing and playing some of our most beloved Christmas songs. The concert will be live streamed to Bethel's YouTube channel from PianoForte Showroom in downtown Chicago. Performers will include Jenny Riddle, jazz pianist and vocalist Elizabeth Doyle, Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, vocalist Evan Tyrone Martin, pianist Jeffrey Panko and Guitarra Azul founder and lead guitarist Steve Edwards. This is a family-friendly event sure to warm your hearts and lift your spirits--as only music can.
Julian Chin Trio
Saturday, May 1st, 7 pm
In May, jazz will return to our Music@Bethel concert series with a virtual performance by the Julian Chin Trio. Under the leadership of jazz pianist Julian Chin, the trio will present an eclectic program showcasing a mix of pieces drawing from the entire spectrum of American Popular Song.
Julian Chin is a performer and educator from the Chicago area, where he has established himself as an eclectic musician competent in a wide variety of styles. A frequent contributor to the Music at First series at First United Church in Oak Park, he can also be seen performing jazz at venues like Andy’s Jazz Club and the Green Mill; hip hop at venues like the Beat Kitchen and Bottom Lounge; and modern rock at Martyrs’ and Schubas Tavern. In addition to his work in contemporary music, Julian also serves as the Music Director for Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois.
A Tribute to
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 4 pm
On Sunday, October 25th at 4:00 p.m. we will live stream our first concert of the season from the PianoForte Chicago Showroom in downtown Chicago, featuring the music of George Gershwin. Pieces to be performed by our own Jeffrey Panko will be the all-time favorite Rhapsody in Blue; a Jascha Heifetz arrangement of selections from Porgy and Bess, Yuriy Geyer, violin, and Felicia Filip Burkovskiy singing the haunting lullaby “Summertime,” also from Porgy and Bess. The concert will be live streamed to Bethel's YouTube channel.
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Chamber Music at Bethel
Sunday, March 14, 4 pm
Piano Quintet in A Major
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In March, join Jeffrey Panko and friends for a virtual concert featuring Franz Schubert's Piano Quintet "The Trout" in
A Major, D. 667. Written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass, the fourth movement theme is taken from one of Schubert’s own Lieder, Die Forelle (The Trout). It has endured as a favorite in the chamber music repertoire of audiences, critics and musicians alike.
Performers include Jennifer Leckie, violin; Terri Van Valkinburgh, viola; Timothy Archbold, cello; Andy Anderson, double bass; and Jeffrey Panko, piano.
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Evan Tyrone Martin
Sunday, July 11, 2021, 4 pm
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Mark your calendars this July for a very special solo performance by Evan Tyrone Martin, singing the songs of Nat King Cole as well as other music theater favorites. Mr. Martin has appeared twice before in our concert series, but this is his first solo performance. Renowned singer / actor Martin has been seen nationally to rave reviews, including Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination), Oklahoma (Ali Hakim), Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits, I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett (Jeff Award nomination), Dreamgirls (Curtis-Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), The Color Purple (Harpo), and more. Most recently, the velvet-voiced baritone travelled the United States starring in one man shows Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole, and An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. The concert was streamed from PianoForte Chicago's stage to Bethel's YouTube channel.