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Gallery Chamber Series:

Jennifer Gunn, flute and Fareed Haque, guitar January 23, 2011
Three Celli February 13, 2011
Arianna String Quartet March 20,2011

$42 for three concerts, $17 for single tickets if available
(Available single tickets go on sale after January 1)

All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery

Jennifer Gunn, Flute & Fareed Haque, Guitar (January 23, 2011)

Jennifer M. Gunn was appointed to the position of piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in June 2005. Since joining the CSO, Jennifer has also been involved in the orchestra’s MusicNOW contemporary music series and is a coach for the Civic Orchestra. Ms. Gunn and has been a regular guest artist with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, she was the assistant principal flute of the Louisville Orchestra (KY) for the 2004-2005 season and principal flute of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN) from 2001 to 2004. She has also performed with various other orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati symphony orchestras.

Ms. Gunn made her debut as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May 2008 playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major, RV 443. In April 2007, she was featured as a soloist playing Shirish Korde’s Nesting Cranes on the MusicNOW series. While a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Jennifer was a featured soloist on multiple occasions; she also has won several competitions including the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Artist Competition in 2004.

A Native of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Jennifer holds a bachelor of music degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she studied with Robert Langevin and Rhian Kenny. Her other teachers have included George Pope and Mary Kay Ferguson. Jennifer is currently on the faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Jennifer is married to Jonathan Gunn, a clarinetist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the couple splits their time between Cincinnati and Chicago. (Bio courtesy of Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Voted 'Best World Guitarist' by Guitar Player Magazine, 2009, Fareed Haque moves easily between jazz and classical guitar. He has worked with prominent artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Sting, Joe Zawinul, Cassandra Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Edgar Meyer, members of the vermeer Quartet and many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Haque has been feated on WTTW's ArtBeat and Chicago Tonight, Ben Sidran's New Visions, his own Lonesome Pines special for PBS and on the BET cable jazz channel.

Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, extensive travels exposed Haque to different musical styles from an early age. Haque studied with jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson at North Texas State University, later transferring to Northwestern University as his interested turned toward classical guitar. In 2004 Fareed premiered his Lahara Double Concerto for Sitar/Guitar with The Chicago Sinfonietta featuring tabla virtoso Ustad Zakir Hussain. In 2006 he was commissioned to write a classical guitar concert for the Fulcrum Point Ensemble. This work, titled the "Gamelan Concerto' was premiered in May, 2006 at The Harris Theatre in Millenium Park. He continues to co-lead Garaj Mahal, the jam/jazz/world music group which won an Independent Music Award in 2007.

The Three Celli (February 13, 2011)

Back by popular request, it's The Three Celli, peforming a mix of music for one, two or three celli by some of the area's finest musicians. Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony, is the Professor of Cello at DePaul University. Prior to joining the CSO in 1993, he performed for ten years with the Saint Louis Symphony. Linc Smelser, a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University as well as the Music Director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchetra. Brant Taylor, a former member of the Saint Louis Symphony, has been a member of the Chicago Symphony since the 1997-1998 season. He also teaches at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and performs with the band Pink Martini.

Arianna String Quartet (March 20, 2011)

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in 1992, they garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the 1994 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. They were also Laureates in the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. In 2000, the members of the Arianna String Quartet were appointed to the faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Artist Teachers and Quartet-in-Residence, and were recently named Associate Professors of Music. The Arianna Quartet has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, Canada and France, including critically acclaimed performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Bernard Greenhouse, Richard Stoltzman, and members of the Vermeer Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and Cleveland Quartet. The Arianna String Quartet has been featured in concerts at the Spoleto, Banff, Norfolk, and Strings in the Mountains festivals, was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited by Isaac Stern to perform in his first ever Carnegie Hall master classes. They have been heard on live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, and on Canada’s CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program.

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A Poem about the Gallery Chamber Series

   
 


Quintet at Fermilab

Four ladies in the Lexus
Gliding down the road
Looking out at Fermi Fields
Covered up with snow

Like butter cream frosting
Upon an endless cake
Pat comments at the crossing
Of the cold and frozen lake

The buffalo are huddling
Against the sheltered barn
The chamber music’s waiting
On the far side of the farm

Flutes, bassoons, and oboes,
Clarinets, French horns
Another lovely afternoon
Of tundra winter warmed

Besty Jenkins, written 2/18/07

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