15th annual Chamber Music Festival to feature both classic and modern masters

Harper College’s upcoming 15th annual Chamber Music Festival will feature many of the college’s faculty, staff and alumni musicians.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8, at the Performing Arts Center on Harper’s main campus, 1200 West Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Patrons will enjoy works by Mozart, Dvořák and Prokofiev, as well as modern masters like Scott Joplin and Alan Ridout, performed by faculty, the Harper Chamber Winds Ensemble and special guests the Continental String Ensemble and the Chicago Bassoon Quartet.

Gregory Clemons, the chair of Harper College Department of Music, said that the very first Chamber Music Festival held in 2006 was entirely composed of Mozart’s works since it was held on his 250th birthday. The concert traditionally pays homage to the prolific composer since it is always held around the same time of year. This year, the festival will include his work titled “Overture to the Magic Flute.”

Music faculty including flautist Hideko Amano, clarinetist Rose Sperrazza, pianists Janice Razaq and Olga Bornovalova, violinist Edgar Gabriel and many others will be featured musicians. Dianne Ryan, a member of the Chicago Bassoon Quartet, is also an adjunct professor of bassoon at Harper College.

Among the guest performers is guitarist Brian Torosian, a guitar professor at Northeastern Illinois University and a Harper alumnus.

For more information, visit harpercollege.edu/arts. Tickets are $10 to $15 and can be purchased at harpercollege.edu/boxoffice.

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