“Classical Conversations at Mayne Stage was created with busy music lovers in mind,” explains Amy Iwano, executive director of The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM). “These concerts are only one hour and start early so the audience can enjoy an intimate music experience in a casual atmosphere without devoting an entire evening to the event.”
CCM’s new concert series, Classical Conversations at Mayne Stage, debuts in November. Each event begins at 6:30 pm and features pre-concert discussions hosted by the industry’s top music figures. “The host will engage the audience in a lively conversation with the artists before the concerts which feature unique repertoire that will appeal to new listeners and aficionados alike,” adds Iwano.
Named as a GRAMMY finalist and winner of two ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming, CCM is a leader in new music, having collaborated with eminent composers such as Peter Lieberson, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Perle, Paquito D’Rivera, Richard Wilson, Joan Tower, among others, and has commissioned 17 new works.
On November 16, Chicago composer James Stephenson will host the first Classical Conversations at Mayne Stage. The program features his own piece, Vignettes, and Bizet/Hunsberger’s Carmen Fantasia, which was written especially for CCM trumpeters Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler.
Award-winning conductor Dr. Richard McGee will host the March 21, 2012 concert which includes jazz- and dance-influenced pieces by Poulenc, Bernstein and Roberto Sierra.
The series concludes on May 2, 2012 with a special program of complementary pieces that fuse popular, Latin, and classical styles, including Astor Piaozzola’s Four Seasons of Beunos Aires and Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music. This final concert is hosted by JEFF-nominated music director Dr. Ryan Nelson.
Historic yet state-of-the-art, Mayne Stage is an intimate house that allows the artist and audience to interact on a level ideal for CCM’s series. “It’s an opportunity for patrons to unwind after work, mingle with other concert-goers and enjoy drinks before, during, or after the concert, ” observes Iwano.
Classical Conversations at Mayne Stage are on 1328 West Morse Avenue in Rogers Park. Mayne Stage is accessible via the Morse Redline stop or Lake Shore Drive/Sheridan Road. Valet parking is available during all performances. To order a $20 concert ticket, call 773-381-4551 or visit www.maynestage.com. For more information on CCM’s concerts, visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.