2014 – 2015 Season

2014 – 2015 Concert Season

All programs will take place at the Family Piano Co.
114 South Genesee Street,
Sunday Evenings, except as noted below.

Download our season schedule here.

Robert Sullivan and Friends, September 7, 2014

In partnership with The Sarcoma Foundation of America (freewill donations accepted)

At 1540 Stablewood Lane, Lake Forest, IL
7:00 PM, refreshments prior to concert at 5:30 PM

Current members only (as of Aug. 1), please. Carpooling is strongly encouraged—If you wish to coordinate a ride or carpool, please contact John Stein, (847) 263-4918.

Avanti Guitar Trio, November 2, 2014, 7:30 PM

Wine and Cheese reception, 7:00PM – Guests welcome!

Musicians from Midwest Young Artists, April 12, 2015, 7:30 PM


Kairos Quartet with pianist Sandra G. Carey, April 26, 2015, 7:30 PM


Artist Biographies

Robert Sullivan and Friends

September 7, 2014, 7:00 PM in Lake Forest, IL

Robert SullivanRobert Sullivan was appointed Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University in September, 2013. Robert is former principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, assistant principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, associate principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, and has been a member of the Charleston (SC) Symphony, US Air Force Band and Chicago Chamber Brass. He has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston. Robert has presented master classes and recitals throughout the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia, and is a faculty member at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vail. A native of Norwood, MA, Mr. Sullivan studied with Armando Ghitalla at the University of Michigan, where he received his B. Mus. (trumpet performance) and won the Armando Ghitalla fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center in 1984.

Mr. Sullivan has appeared as soloist with several orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. During the 2013-2014 season Robert gave the North American major orchestra premiere of the Concerto by William Perry, the North American premiere of the Concerto for Trumpet by Japanese composer Satoshi Yagasawa, and the world premiere of Concerto for Trumpet (Gabriel’s Signal) by Glen Cortese, and was featured soloist at the US National Trumpet Competition.

An active recitalist, Robert has commissioned several important American composers, including Eric Ewazen, Joseph Turin and James Stephenson. Robert’s two solo albums with pianist James Rensink, Treasures for Trumpet and Kaleidoscope are available on the Summit Records label.

In 2000, Robert received a special citation from the Congress of the United States in recognition of community service.

Mr. Sullivan is the development artist for the Yamaha Artist Model Bb and C trumpets, and is a Yamaha performing artist.

Avanti Guitar Trio

November 2, 2014, 7:30 PM

Avanti TrioRooted in the classical guitar tradition, the Avanti Guitar Trio performs an eclectic variety of music
including: repertoire from the Renaissance through Romantic eras, music from Spain and Latin America, arrangements of folk tunes and Latin Jazz, and contemporary compositions composed specifically for the Avanti Guitar Trio.

Based in Chicago, AGT has performed in traditional and not-so-traditional concert venues through-out the Midwest.  Their performances in concert halls, clubs, libraries, churches, historic homes, and college/universities all receive rave reviews.

Passionate about new music, Avanti Guitar Trio collaborated with members of the Chicago Composers Consortium and premiered works written for and dedicated to the AGT, including compositions by Julia Miller, Martha Carlson-Horst, Tiffany Sevilla, and Timothy Edwards. They have appeared in concert with guitarist Benjamin Verdery and William Coulter as well as with Las Guitarras de España.

Avanti members have studied and graduated from some of our country’s most prestigious music conservatories and universities: Yale School of Music, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Each has performed as soloists throughout the country and all are currently teaching in Chicago area universities.

Thomas Clippert savors the wide variety of music available for the guitar, from the early Renaissance to the present day. He has appeared with a variety of ensembles including L’Opera Piccola, Heartland Voices, CUBE, Northwest Chicago String Quartet, Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble. Tom has performed for noted events such as the Music Institute of Chicago’s George Crumb Project and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Tom has enjoyed several opportunities as an artist in residence, including Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Tom is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded the Eliot Fisk Guitar Prize. Tom serves on the faculties of Oakton Community College, and the Chicago High School for the Arts.

Named Guitarist of the year by Classical Guitar Alive, internationally-broadcast radio program, Julie Goldberg is the first guitarist to receive a doctorate in music performance from Northwestern University, and also holds degrees from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Julie serves on the faculty of North Park University in Chicago. As Assistant Professor of Guitar at VanderCook College of music since 1997 Dr. Goldberg directs the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble, and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. Her debut CD, Dulce, has been released on the Sweet Pickle Music Label, and is available at www.cdbaby.com and at www.juliegoldberg.com.

Wesley Hixson received his Masters of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he studied with Sergio Assad and Denis Azabagic. Before completing his Masters degree, Wesley received a performance and academic scholarship to study classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Bolivian guitar virtuoso Javier Calderon. Wesley has performed in the Chicago Guitar Duo, and as a soloist at music festivals throughout the United States. In 2007, Wesley made his international debut as a soloist in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Wesley has shared the stage with William Kanengiser from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ), and the Valparaiso Symphony Orchestra. Wesley Hixson has served on the guitar faculty at Elmhurst College since 2006.

 Musicians from Midwest Young Artists

April 12, 2015, 7:30 PM

The history of Midwest Young Artists (MYA) is a story of a compelling mission, dedication and hard work. The organization was established in 1993 by parents who wanted Dr. Allan Dennis to create an orchestra for their children. Fifty five students showed up for the first rehearsal and were divided into a Junior and Senior Orchestra. A number of the older, more advanced students played in the Senior Orchestras and mentored in the Junior Orchestra, thereby establishing a tradition of cultivating leadership that continues as a core MYA principle today. Initially renting space at the Lake Forest Country Day School, MYA is now housed in the beautifully transformed Old Stockade Building at Fort Sheridan and has grown into the premier music ensemble program in the nation. MYA graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the country.

MYA reaches over 1,000 students from more than 74 cities in the metropolitan Chicago area, with students ranging in age from 2nd through 12th grades. Featuring 9 youth orchestras, more than 60 chamber music ensembles, 4 choral ensembles, 4 jazz big bands, numerous jazz combos, music history, theory and composition classes, MYA strives to provide the highest quality music experience for young musicians nationwide. In 2011, Early Childhood Development classes were added to introduce toddlers and their families to the joys of music and movement. The focus on family is another of MYA’s core principles.

However, at MYA it’s more than just the music. MYA makes a difference in the lives of its students, their families and their communities by encouraging camaraderie, respect and hard work as well as dedication to the pursuit of excellence. MYA is a place where students are able to grow, using music, in a socially supportive, educationally nurturing, socially responsible and organizationally secure environment.

For more details about Midwest Young Artists, please visit their website.

Kairos Quartet with pianist Sandra G. Carey

April 26, 2015, 7:30 PM

Kairos String QuartetKairos – a significant moment in time, when something special happens.

When the founding members of the Kairos String Quartet first played together in 1988, they immediately recognized that something special was possible. Violinists Timothy Olson and Kim Milligan had a remarkable blend; Timothy and cellist Cathy Kuna seemed to read each other’s minds while anchoring the high and low ends of the quartet’s voices. When its original violist moved away in 1994, current violist Marla Caballero seamlessly brought her strong experience and passion for quartet playing to Kairos, and this configuration of the Kairos String Quartet has been making music together for an impressive two decades.

The joy with which the KSQ musicians play is easy to see and hear; their life-long love of chamber music is equally apparent in their dynamic interpretations of Haydn and Gershwin, Brahms and Bruce Springsteen, Bach and Cole Porter. Years of performing together have given them a unique and lush sound that has been sought after by Chicago area recording studios. The KSQ has been honored to be part of projects by Sons of the Never Wrong, Terry MacNamara, Jim Gary, and Emily Hurd, and has played live with Michael Card.

The Kairos String Quartet is very pleased to be presenting the Schumann Piano Quintet with gifted pianist Sandra Carey.

Sandra G. Carey is an active teacher and performer in the Chicago Area. She holds a Master’s of Music and has studied with Mary Sauer, Ja Ja Ling and Emmanuel Ax.

Winner of the Byrd Ensemble competition, Dr. Carey has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and the Vienna Opera House. She has served on faculty at the University of South Florida, Wheaton College and Columbia College. In addition to her musical pursuits, she holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Nutrition Education. She currently serves as a psychologist at the Willow Wellness Center, in Park Ridge, and is in private practice in Naperville, IL. As music is her soul’s language, she is delighted to be collaborating with the Kairos String Quartet to celebrate this evening of music.