Luminesce Performance
Apr
2
3:00 pm15:00

Luminesce Performance

  • Highland Park Community House

Enjoy Mozart quintets performed by the Luminesce Quintet during a special afternoon (3 to 5pm) of chamber music for Highland Park Strings donors. Contact hpstrings.org for tickets and information to become a donor. The Luminesce Quintet will be joined by cellist Larry Block for a Brahms sextet.

Encore! New Philharmonic Orchestra
Apr
8
Apr 9

Encore! New Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center

Saturday, April 8th, 7:30pm & Sunday, April 9th at 3pm
Belushi Performance Hall, McAninch Arts Center

Nora Williams will be performing on violin in the orchestra.


Dance and Romance
Feb
7
8:00 am08:00

Dance and Romance

  • The Auditorium at Bethel Church­

Friday, February 10, 2017
6:15 pm Pre-concert Lecture
7:30 pm Concert ­

The Auditorium at Bethel Church­ on Broadway, south of US 30 in Crown Point

Take a romantic journey around the world with these lively and lush musical Valentines. The overture to the comic opera Donna Diana adds a Spanish flare (by way of Canada) to the classic hijinks of lovers in denial. Travel down the Rhine with Siegfried and Brünnhilde as they hail their light-bringing love. The middle-eastern flare of the Gardens of Spain will be brought to life by popular pianist Yana Reznik. The cheerful and optimistic Bohemian Dvorák 8 will call us all to the dance.

Purchase tickets here.

Chamber Music Open Reading Session
Feb
5
2:30 pm14:30

Chamber Music Open Reading Session

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Come see if you'd like to join the emerging musicians at Ossia Musical Forum in the Spring Chamber Music Session. We will be reading potential repertoire, comparing schedules for possible rehearsal times and having fun! RSVP to nora@ossiamf.com with name, instrument.

Performance Make-up Seminar
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

Performance Make-up Seminar

  • Ossia Musical Forum

There will be a Performance Make-up Seminar on Thursday, Jan 26th, 6-7:30pm, featuring a Cat Eye Look at the Ossia Musical Forum studio. This is a complimentary event and includes a swag bag with a free Mary Kay product! 

Student Recital
Jan
14
3:30 pm15:30

Student Recital

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Come hear students of Ossia Musical Forum perform solos, duos, trios and quartets. Celebrate the diversity of music that is available to us all. 3:30 to 4:30 in Suite 412 of the Fine Arts Building. Free Admission.

Die Fledermaus
Dec
26
Jan 1

Die Fledermaus

  • Cahn Auditorium

Music by Johann Strauss, Libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée, with 30-piece orchestra, including Nora Williams, second chair viola.

It’s Johann Strauss’ ode to champagne and indiscretion, filled with melodies you’ll instant recognize. Husband and wife meet at a party neither is supposed to be attending — and he unwittingly woos his disguised mate!

All (Mostly) Strings
Dec
11
3:00 pm15:00

All (Mostly) Strings

  • Highland Park High School

Join Nora Williams, principal viola for the Highland Park Strings at 3pm | Highland Park High School | 433 Vine Avenue | Free Admission | 

For this Holiday Concert, The Highland Park Strings return to its core repertoire of music written for string orchestra (only oboes and horns are added for the Haydn). Featured as soloist is John-Henry Crawford, 22-year-old cellist from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Holiday Party
Dec
9
5:00 pm17:00

Holiday Party

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Join Nora Williams at the Ossia Musical Forum Studio this Friday, December 9th in the Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 927, for our Monthly Music Salon to network with other musicians and creatives. There will be informal performances between 5 and 9pm, focusing on string quartets. Feel free to bring your instrument and participate in our chamber reading session! The Salon is open, but we love RSVPs too.

Mahler 5
Oct
28
Oct 29

Mahler 5

  • Bethel Church

Nora Williams joins the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Friday, October 28th at 7:30 in the evening (with a 6:15 pre-concert talk) for Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 and Mahler Symphony No. 5 at Bethel Church Auditorium in Crown Point, Indiana.

Mahler's colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of emotion and sound, from the opening trumpet solo of the heart rending funeral march to the tender and loving Adaietto, the most famous of Mahler's works. Performed by a large orchestra, Mahler's Fifth has been called a transformative experience. Chicago Symphony cellist Loren Brown joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns' virtuosic Cello Concerto.

Concert Tickets range from $29 - $69. Students $10.

Saint-Saens + Schubert
Oct
23
3:00 pm15:00

Saint-Saens + Schubert

  • Highland Park High School

Saint-Saens and Schubert
3pm | Free Admission | Highland Park High School | 433 Vine Avenue
sponsored by First Bank of Highland Park

Saint-Saens
Concerto for Piano No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Kimberly Han, Piano

Schubert
No. 9 in C Major, D, 944 (the "Great")
Highland Park Strings
(Nora Williams joins the orchestra for this event)

2nd Friday Salon
Oct
14
5:00 pm17:00

2nd Friday Salon

Stop by the Studio in Suite 927 on the 2nd Friday of every month, 5 to 9pm for our Salon co-sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Mile, network with other creatives and musicians, and participate in musical events.

Viola Recital
Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

Viola Recital

  • Ossia Musical Forum

On Thursday, October 13th, join Nora Williams on viola for An Evening of Intimate Viola Music at the Fine Arts Building in Suite 412. There will be a 6:30 reception, followed by a 7:30 concert. Ticket price is $35.

Featuring select works by J. S. Bach, York Bowen, Alan Schulman, Luigi Boccherini, and Robert Lombardo.

Chamber Music Tryouts
Oct
2
2:30 pm14:30

Chamber Music Tryouts

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Open reading session to try out for our Autumn Chamber Session Open for Strings, Winds and Piano. All ages welcome, ability to sight-read and chamber music experience helpful. Contact Nora Williams for more information. Fine Arts Building, Suite 927, Chicago 4-6pm

Chamber Concert
Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

Chamber Concert

  • Fine Arts Building

Come enjoy duos, trios and a quintet composed by Ossia Musical Forum student Sean White. An afternoon of musical delights! Telemann, Franz Behr, Dohnnayi, Rachmaninoff. Located in the Fine Arts Building, Suite 412 in Chicago at 1pm.

2nd Friday Salon
Sep
9
5:00 pm17:00

2nd Friday Salon

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Stop by the Ossia Musical Forum Studio for our Monthly Music Salon to network with other musicians and creatives. Bring your instrument and participate in a chamber reading session! 

Ravinia String Performances
Jun
30
2:00 pm14:00

Ravinia String Performances

Experience rare live performances at Ravinia on Thursday, June 30th at 2pm by Donald Weilerstein, violin and Friday, July 8th at 2pm by Atar Arad, viola.

Open Chamber Music Reading Session
Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Open Chamber Music Reading Session

Join us to sample repertoire for the Ossia Summer Chamber Session June through September. Strings and winds welcome to attend! Bring repertoire you are interested in performing and make new musical friends! RSVP to nora@ossiamf.com with your name and instrument to participate in this enriching forum.

Quintessential Quintets
Jun
5
3:00 pm15:00

Quintessential Quintets

  • Temple Am Shalom

Join Quintet Luminesce for Mozart and Brahms Viola quintets and let your Sunday afternoon be drenched in beauty. 

Student Recital
Jun
4
12:00 pm12:00

Student Recital

  • Suite 412

Come and hear Ossia Students perform solo and chamber works. Haydn, Vivaldi, Dvorak and Barber! Their evolution is beautiful. Starts at noon in the beautiful Suite 412 in the Fine Arts Building. 

Memorial Day Event
May
30
11:00 am11:00

Memorial Day Event

20th Annual Ceremony and Dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument

The Chicago Cultural Mile Association is honored to host the Annual Ceremony and Dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument, which has been taking place since 1996. This Memorial Day wreath laying and monument rededication commemorates those who died serving our country.

Please join us for the event on Monday, May 30th, 2016 from 11am to 12pm at the Logan Monument located in Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and 9th Street.

The event is followed by a 12:30 pm luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom at the Blackstone Hotel at 636 South Michigan Avenue.

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets for the luncheon ($45 each – cash bar), please contact Sharene Shariatzadeh, CCMA Executive Director, at sharene@chicagoculturalmile.org or call (312) 332-9000 x 8223.

 

Dance + Music
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Dance + Music

experience the subtle magic of the spring equinox and journey
through darkness to light at this unique blend of classical music
and modern dance featuring string quartet repertoire by Haydn, 
Schubert, Borodin, Lili Boulanger + Chicago composer Robert Arends

Ossia Musical Forum presents a collaborative show featuring
Red Riding Hood String QuartetRAredanceWork
at Constellation Chicago, 3111 North Western Avenue

free general admission
$25 VIP tickets include preferred seating + appetizers
for tickets email: nora@ossiamf.com
or call (312) 399-1857
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event is limited to ages 18 and over
this show is part of the Classical Revolution event series

Open Chamber Music Reading Session
Jan
24
3:00 pm15:00

Open Chamber Music Reading Session

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Open Chamber Music reading session to pick repertoire for the Spring Chamber Session, starting Feb 4, 2016. Optional for returning chamber session players; highly recommended for new players. Prerequisite: ability to sight-read. 3-5pm

Alexander Technique for Musicians
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

Alexander Technique for Musicians

  • Ossia Musical Forum

These small group classes, taught by Andrew McCann, are an excellent way for musicians to get an introduction to the Alexander Technique and how it can help their playing. There is room for up to 4 participants per session.

These classes will help musicians to:

  • become conscious of their movement and postural habits that may be hampering their playing.
  • develop ease in posture, breath and voice.
  • ground their instrumental technique in an understanding of whole body movement.
  • stop the cycle of frustration, pain and injury.
  • develop greater sense of poise and confidence as they prepare to perform.

Each session is 4 weeks long and the fee includes both the four 1.5 hour classes and one hour-long private lesson (scheduled separately in Andersonville). Violinists and violists will have an opportunity to experiment with their chin rest and shoulder rest set up.

Fee: 215.00 for 4 classes + bonus private lesson (scheduled at Andrew's Andersonville location)

Session 1: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9; 5:30-7pm

Session 2: Feb 16, 23, Mar 1, 8; 5:30-7pm 

Register here:  http://www.alexanderand.com/alexander-music-classes

 

  1. About Andrew:
Andrew has been an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2003. In summer 2016, Andrew will return for his third summer running the Alexander Technique program for the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, a festival for high school and college-age musicians. He has assisted in the training of Alexander teachers at ATTiC (Alexander Teacher Training in Chicago), an AmSAT-certified training course under head-of-training, Daria Okugawa. Andrew has taught workshops and classes at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, DePaul University, Wheaton College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richmond University, Florida State University, and the Tainan National University of the Arts, in Tainan, Taiwan. He trained with world-reknowned teachers Joan and Alexander Murray.
  1. As a violinist, Andrew has performed with eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble, dal niente, Spektral Quartet, New Millennium Orchestra, International Chamber Artists, and Contempo. He has appeared as a backup musician in concert with Mary J Blige, Mark Antonio-Solis, and Jay-Z, and with Susan Boyle on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has been principal violin in productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writer's Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and Broadway in Chicago. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principle teachers include Lee Snyder, Gregory Fulkerson, Jorja Fleezanis, and Sherban Lupu.
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Ossia Winter Recital
Jan
16
2:00 pm14:00

Ossia Winter Recital

Join us for our Winter Solo and Chamber Music Recital in the historic Fine Arts Building, Suite 412. Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Puccini

2pm, Admission Free

Highland Park Strings
Dec
13
3:00 pm15:00

Highland Park Strings

Mozart, Stamitz Haydn "Farewell Symphony"

Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave, Highland Park, IL

3pm, Free Admission

9th Floor Chamber Series
Oct
30
5:00 pm17:00

9th Floor Chamber Series

  • Ossia Musical Forum

Join Nora Williams and Liz Stein in and informal evening playing repertoire from the chamber music literature and the chance to view and play fine string instruments on exhibition. Light refreshments served. RSVP to nora@ossiamf.com with name and instrument you will be playing.