International Chamber Artists (ICA) is pleased to announce its 2017-18 concert series. The events survey a wide range of chamber works, including classic chamber masterpieces, contemporary American composers, a special family concert, and a world premiere commission.

All ICA concerts are free, with a recommended $15 donation to support the non-profit organization and continue brining chamber music to our community. 

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International Chamber Artists
2022-23 Concert Series
CELEBRATING WOMEN COMPOSERS

We are proud to present our 2022-23 concert series. Never has the need for live music felt more essential to our shared humanity! Experience the highest standards of artistic excellence with wonderful programs from a wide variety of composers. We are proud to have Jim Stephenson on board as our fantastic Composer-in-Residence! Join us to rediscover how amazing live music feels.

All concerts are free of charge, with a suggested $15 donation to ICA. Your support helps us continue bringing beautiful chamber music to our community!

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​Join us in person or live-stream from your home as we safely and artistically create LIVE MUSICAL MAGIC. 

Our COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Cleaned and sanitized venues

  • Face covering optional

  • Performances livestreamed, when possible

For the safety of our community, concerts are subject to cancellation. For the latest information, check back here.

SILVER & GOLD
Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 PM
*Note location: Grace United Methodist Church, 224 E Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Join the ICA Brass Quintet for a fun outdoor concert at the Lake Bluff, IL Gazebo with music of the silver screen and the golden lights of Broadway! The amazing performers are Sarah Carrillo and Mike Brozick, trumpets; Oto Carrillo, horn; Stephanie Lebens, trombone; and Sean Whitaker, tuba. Pack a picnic dinner and we'll bring you great music!
EVANSTON ORGAN CRAWL & CHURCH TOUR
Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12:30-3:30 PM

12:30 PM First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
1:30 PM Immanuel Lutheran of Evanston
2:30 PM St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Evanston

Join the International Chamber Artists (ICA) for an Evanston Organ Crawl and Church Tour to hear Artistic Director Patrick Godon play three remarkably different organs at three beautiful Evanston churches, all in one afternoon! Patrick Godon is an organist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest. The tour begins at 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 10th at First Presbyterian Church, continues at 1:30 PM at Immanuel Lutheran, and ends at St. Luke's from 2:30-3:30 PM. ICA has put together a wonderful experience where guests will have a chance to learn about these three beautiful instruments from organ technician Benjamin Hiett. As a special bonus, organist Gregory Hummel will share details of the organ at Immanuel Lutheran. Reservations are $40 per person and may be made by clicking here for the donate page, and entering in $40. For more information, please contact Mr. Godon at pgodon@ICAmusic.org or by calling 773-354-4533.

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ICA STEINWAY SOIREE
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM

The Godon Residence, 17 Thorntree Ln, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Richard Strauss (1864-1949), NEW arr. by Cliff Colnot – Four Last Songs 

    for Soprano & Piano

 

♀Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) – Three Songs on Poetry of E. E. Cummings (8'30") 

 

♀Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) – Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 31

 

♀Valerie Coleman (b. 1970) – Sonatine for Clarinet & Piano (8')

Sign up for a new ICA concert endeavor, “ICA Steinway Soiree,” an intimate house concert at the Godon’s beautiful new Lake Bluff home featuring Patrick and ICA musicians. This will be an extremely limited event (20 people) and will provide an incredible chance to hear these world class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Delectable heavy appetizers are on the menu, along with an exquisite dessert and wine. $125 per person.

 

This concert features three women composers. Valerie Coleman's work was inspired by her travels to a European jazz nightclub. Louise Farrenc, a piano prodigy, wrote this virtuosic piano quintet for the same instrumentation as the Schubert Trout Quintet, adding a double bass into the mix. Gwyneth Walker's Three Songs reflect the lyrical and romantic aspects of E. E. Cummings's writing. The program ends with the stunning and hauntingly beautiful last work of Strauss about the end of days.

Ticket-Reservations

$125 each.​ Tap ‘Donate’ here and enter the amount for your ticket-reservation(s). You'll then be added to the guest list for this fun-filled evening to benefit ICA! 

Checks may be mailed to:

INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER ARTISTS, 17 Thorntree Lane, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

For more information: pgodon@ICAmusic.org or call 773-354-4533

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THREE LADIES & A STRAUSS
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM

The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Richard Strauss, NEW arr. by Cliff Colnot – Four Last Songs 

     for Soprano & Chamber Orchestra (23')

 

♀Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) – Three Songs on Poetry of E. E. Cummings (8'30") 

 

♀Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) – Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 31 (31')

 

♀Valerie Coleman (b. 1970) – Sonatine for Clarinet & Piano (8')

This concert features three women composers. Valerie Coleman's work was inspired by her travels to a European jazz nightclub. Louise Farrenc, a piano prodigy, wrote this virtuosic piano quintet for the same instrumentation as the Schubert Trout Quintet, adding a double bass into the mix. Gwyneth Walker's Three Songs reflect the lyrical and romantic aspects of E. E. Cummings's writing. The program ends with the stunning and hauntingly beautiful last work of Strauss about the end of days. Cliff Colnot created this new arrangement especially for this world premiere ICA performance. 

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ICA STEINWAY SOIREE
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM

The Godon Residence, 17 Thorntree Ln, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

James M. Stephenson (b. 1969), ICA Composer-in-Residence– Swingin' Nutcracker excerpts

♀Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (24')

 

August Klughardt (1847-1902) – Schilflieder (Reed Songs), 5 Fantasiestücke

     after poems by Lenau for Oboe, Viola, & Piano, Op. 28 (20')

 

Sign up for a new ICA concert endeavor, “ICA Steinway Soiree,” an intimate house concert at the Godon’s beautiful new Lake Bluff home featuring Patrick and ICA musicians. This will be an extremely limited event (20 people) and will provide an incredible chance to hear these world class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Delectable heavy appetizers are on the menu, along with an exquisite dessert and wine. $125 per person.

What better way to celebrate the season than with live chamber music! Hear the Swingin' Nutcracker arranged for piano trio. A sure way to lift your spirits. Klughardt wrote his Schilflieder (Reed Songs) in the Romantic spirit of Franz Liszt. Clara Schumann was the most famous woman pianist of her century and a highly gifted composer. Her charming style displays interesting rhythms and fresh modulations.

Ticket-Reservations

$125 each.​ Tap ‘Donate’ here and enter the amount for your ticket-reservation(s). You'll then be added to the guest list for this fun-filled evening to benefit ICA! 

 

Checks may be mailed to:

INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER ARTISTS, 17 Thorntree Lane, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

For more information: pgodon@ICAmusic.org or call 773-354-4533

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SWINGIN' NUTCRACKER

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM

The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

James M. Stephenson, ICA Composer-in-Residence – Swingin' Nutcracker excerpts

♀Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (24')

 

August Klughardt (1847-1902) – Schilflieder (Reed Songs), 5 Fantasiestücke

     after poems by Lenau for Oboe, Viola, & Piano, Op. 28 (20')

What better way to celebrate the season than with live chamber music! Hear the Swingin' Nutcracker arranged for piano trio. A sure way to lift your spirits. Klughardt wrote his Schilflieder (Reed Songs) in the Romantic spirit of Franz Liszt. Clara Schumann was the most famous woman pianist of her century and a highly gifted composer. Her charming style displays interesting rhythms and fresh modulations.

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EDUCATIONAL CONCERT

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10 AM

The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

This program is all about women composers, presented by the ICA Brass Quintet and sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. This concert is most appropriate for children ages 8 and up.

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ICA STEINWAY SOIREE
FEATURING NEW BRASS PLAYERS SARAH & OTO CARRILLO
 
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6:00 PM

The Godon Residence, 17 Thorntree Ln, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

 

♀Amy Beach (1867–1944) – Piano Quintet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 67 (27')

 

♀Jane Vignery (1913-1974) – Sonata for Horn & Piano (18')

 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – Concerto in A-flat Major, RV 20, for Piccolo Trumpet, Piano,

     & Strings (10')

Sign up for a new ICA concert endeavor, “ICA Steinway Soiree,” an intimate house concert at the Godon’s beautiful new Lake Bluff home featuring Patrick and ICA musicians. This will be an extremely limited event (20 people) and will provide an incredible chance to hear these world class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Delectable heavy appetizers are on the menu, along with an exquisite dessert and wine. $125 per person.

This concert features newest ICA members Sarah Carrillo, Principal Trumpet of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Oto Carrillo, horn player in the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra! One of America's greatest composers, Amy Beach's late Romantic Piano Quintet is dreamy and sensuous, crafted thoroughly well.

Ticket-Reservations

$125 each.​ Tap ‘Donate’ here and enter the amount for your ticket-reservation(s). You'll then be added to the guest list for this fun-filled evening to benefit ICA! 

 

Checks may be mailed to:

INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER ARTISTS, 17 Thorntree Lane, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

For more information: pgodon@ICAmusic.org or call 773-354-4533

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BRASS WAVES & BEACH
FEATURING NEW ICA BRASS PLAYERS SARAH & OTO CARRILLO

 

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 4:00 PM

​Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045​

♀Amy Beach (1867–1944) – Piano Quintet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 67 (27')

 

♀Stacey Garrop (b. 1969) – Legends of Olympus for Brass Quintet (23')

 

♀Joan Tower (b. 1938) – Copperwave for Brass Quintet (10')

 

♀Jane Vignery (1913-1974) – Sonata for Horn & Piano (18')

 

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – Concerto in A-flat Major, RV 20, for Piccolo Trumpet, Piano,

     & Strings (10')

This concert features newest ICA members Sarah Carrillo, Principal Trumpet of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Oto Carrillo, horn player in the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra! In Joan Tower's Copperwave, the brass instruments interweave and surge through wavelike patterns. Chicago composer Stacey Garrop's Legends of Olympus depicts five Greek gods in a colorful story that highlights each brass instrument. One of America's greatest composers, Amy Beach's late Romantic Piano Quintet is dreamy and sensuous, crafted thoroughly well.

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ICA STEINWAY SOIREE
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 6:00 PM

The Godon Residence, 17 Thorntree Ln, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

 

♀Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847) – Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11 (26')

 

Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013) – Trio for Flute, Oboe, & Piano (20')

 

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Histoire du Tango for Flute & Harp (18')

Sign up for a new ICA concert endeavor, “ICA Steinway Soiree,” an intimate house concert at the Godon’s beautiful new Lake Bluff home featuring Patrick and ICA musicians. This will be an extremely limited event (20 people) and will provide an incredible chance to hear these world class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Delectable heavy appetizers are on the menu, along with an exquisite dessert and wine. $125 per person.

Piazzolla presents us a musical evolution of the tango in four evocative movements. Writing music that would give pleasure to an audience on first hearing was Damase's main compositional aim. Fanny Mendelssohn's Piano Trio is decidedly music written by a master pianist. 

Ticket-Reservations

$125 each.​ Tap ‘Donate’ here and enter the amount for your ticket-reservation(s). You'll then be added to the guest list for this fun-filled evening to benefit ICA! 

 

Checks may be mailed to:

INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER ARTISTS, 17 Thorntree Lane, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

For more information: pgodon@ICAmusic.org or call 773-354-4533

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FANNY & THE TANGO

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4:00 PM

​Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045​

♀Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847) – Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11 (26')

 

Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013) – Trio for Flute, Oboe, & Piano (20')

 

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Histoire du Tango for Flute & Harp (18')

 

Piazzolla presents us a musical evolution of the tango in four evocative movements. Writing music that would give pleasure to an audience on first hearing was Damase's main compositional aim. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Piano Trio is decidedly music written by a master pianist. ​

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ANNUAL BENEFIT: SOUNDS OF SUMMER
A LITTLE COMIC OPERA
Sunday, June 11, 2023
The ​Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045​
3:00 PM Event begins, delectable appetizers & drinks
4:00 PM Concert
5:30 PM Silent & Live Auctions, Dessert
6:30 PM Sign out

 

Ticket-reservations are needed for this event.

Tickets are:

$175 VIP, $125 each, or 3 for $345.

Purchase via our donation page

Learn more about our 2022 annual fundraiser here.

Our annual benefit this year returns to the picturesque Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest. Join us to hear sensational music and support the mission of ICA, while having a thoroughly enjoyable time with friends! 

James M. Stephenson, ICA Composer-in-Residence,

along with Matt Boresi, librettist – Comic Chamber Opera: Cåraboo (45')

♀Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) – Violin Sonata in A Minor (24')

ICA's commissioned comic chamber opera by James M. Stephenson and Matt Boresi will be unveiled at this much anticipated world premiere event! If the world has you down, then this little comic opera will uplift you. A true story of a cobbler's daughter and servant girl inspired this funny and romantic comedy. This story examines fascination, obsession, and desire, as one woman seeks to creatively cast off the fetters placed on her by society. Also on the program is a violin sonata dedicated to Mendelssohn's daughter by Ethel Smyth, a woman who overcame the constraints of her middle-class English background by open rebellion. This is a profound work with tonal color at its core.

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