Celebrating 23 years of excellence
Our 2021-2022 Season
Music at Bethel is pleased to announce the line up of our 23rd season, beginning with the wildly popular Guitarra Azul in their 5th appearance in our concert series. At Christmas we will bring back We Need a Little Christmas for an evening of Christmas favorites performed by Music at Bethel stars. Jeffrey Panko brings his flute trio to the series in March, collaborating with Elmhurst flautist Jennie Oh Brown and cellist Timothy Archbold. In May we will have an evening of jazz with Chicago's rising bop singer Alyssa Allgood and her outstanding piano quartet.
After live streaming our last season entirely from PianoForte Chicago, we had hoped to transition back to in person concerts this fall. But in response to current guidance from the CDC and the Illinois Health Department, it was our board's decision to continue sharing our concerts on YouTube at least through the end of 2021. Watch this space for updates on our concerts, as we hope to be able to have in person performances and post concert receptions in 2022.
We Need a Little Christmas II
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, 7 pm
In December we will bring back our highly popular Christmas extravaganza “We Need a Little Christmas” performed by Music at Bethel stars singing and playing some of your most beloved Christmas songs. The concert will be live streamed to Bethel's YouTube channel from PianoForte Showroom in downtown Chicago. Performers will include host Jenny Riddle, Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, vocalist, Lara Filip, vocalist, Vasily Deris, vocalist, pianist Jeffrey Panko and Guitarra Azul's founder and lead guitarist Steve Edwards. Warm your hearts and start your Christmas season this year with inspirational performances by these renowned Chicago-based musical thater powerhouses.
Jazz at Bethel
Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 7 pm
In May, jazz returns to our Music@Bethel concert series with a performance by the Alyssa Allgood Quartet. Described by Chicago Tribune's former music critic Howard Reich as "a fast rising Chicago singer," soprano Allgood has performed at various music venues and restaurants such as The Jazz Showcase, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, Merriman’s Playhouse, The Whiskey Lounge and as a guest with groups at The Taste of Chicago and Andy’s Jazz Club. She was named “Best Jazz Entertainer” in the 2019 Chicago Music Awards. Allgood is a jazz vocal stylist with inspired improvisation chops, who breathes new life into the great American Songbook in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter (known as Betty Bebop), to name a few. She is also a gifted composer of
fresh original jazz pieces.
This promises to be one of those concerts you can reference in years to come as, "I saw her when..."
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 7 pm
Link to concert
Music@Bethel is proud to announce the opening concert for our 23rd season featuring the Grammy-nominated Guitarra Azul ensemble, live streamed into your homes from Chicago's PianoForte Showroom. 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 5th appearance in our concert series, which will feature exciting songs from
their newest CD Café Bolero.
Chamber Music at Bethel
Mendelssohn Piano Trios
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 4 pm
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor
Chamber Music at Bethel returns with a late winter concert featuring two exceptional trios by Felix Mendelssohn; Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 and Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66. The incomparable D minor trio was originally composed for piano, violin and violincello in 1839. It was later transcribed for the flute--it is surmised by Mendelssohn himself--at the request of London publisher Ewer, and remains one of Mendelssohn's most popular chamber works. These beautiful trios are some of the most beloved and most performed chamber music pieces in concert repertoire.
Performers include Jennie Oh Brown, flute; Timothy Archbold, cello; and Jeffrey Panko, piano.
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