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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
2023-24 Concert Series
SHARING MUSICAL CONNECTIONS

We are proud to present our 2023-24 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 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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ICA STEINWAY SOIRÉE
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM

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

Antonín Dvořák – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (34’)
 

Valerie ColemanTzigane for Woodwind Quintet (11’)
 

Madeleine Dring – Trio for Flute, Oboe, & Piano (11’)

Sign up for our unique concert endeavor, ICA Steinway Soirées. These events
are limited to 20 people and provide an incredible opportunity to hear world-class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Enjoy heavy appetizers, an exquisite dessert, and wine. Each soirée is $125 per person
.

 

The delightful Dvořák Quartet’s finale has a Romani flavor as well as
Coleman’s Tzigane, which translates to “Romani.” Multi-faceted artist
Madeleine Dring admired Poulenc’s melodic structure and rhythmic wit; his
influence can be heard in her Trio.

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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DELIGHTFUL DVOŘÁK
Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 4:00 PM

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

Antonín Dvořák – Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (34’)
 

Valerie ColemanTzigane for Woodwind Quintet (11’)
 

Madeleine Dring – Trio for Flute, Oboe, & Piano (11’)

 

The delightful Dvořák Quartet’s finale has a Romani flavor as well as
Coleman’s Tzigane, which translates to “Romani.” Multi-faceted artist
Madeleine Dring admired Poulenc’s melodic structure and rhythmic wit; his
influence can be heard in her Trio.

This concert has been generously underwritten by an Anonymous Donor

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ICA STEINWAY SOIRÉE
Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:00 PM

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

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

Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) – Berceuse for Violin & Piano (3')

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) 2. "D’un Jardin Clair" from Trois Morceau pour Piano (2') 

Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) – Air de Ballet, Op. 30 (5')

Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) – "Partie!" from Deux Élégies, Op. 18 (5')   
 

Sign up for our unique concert endeavor, ICA Steinway Soirées. These events are limited to 20 people and provide an incredible opportunity to hear world-class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Enjoy heavy appetizers, an exquisite dessert, and wine. Each soirée is $125 per person.

The music for this Soirée is exclusively by women composers. The finale of 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 through open rebellion. This is a profound work with tonal color at its core.

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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THE DEVIL’S TALE

Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 4:00 PM

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

 

James M. Stephenson, ICA Composer-in-Residence – The Devil’s Tale for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass, Percussion, Narrators, & Conductor (55’)

Jihan Murray-Smith ~ Hannah, a Las Vegas dancer 

Patrick Godon ~ Joe, a pit musician 

Joe Bianco ~ Sam/The Devil, a blackjack dealer 

Luke Back ~ Narrator 

  

James M. Stephenson, conductor, composer, & librettist 

Sang Mee Lee, violin 

Barbara Drapcho, clarinet 

Karl Rzasa, bassoon 

Mike Brozick, trumpet 

Tom Stark, trombone 

Jeremy Attanaseo, bass 

Mark Linley, percussion 

A drum dream inspired Stephenson to write The Devil’s Tale, a sequel to Stranvisky’s The Soldier’s Tale. A gripping story about love, this centers around a pit musician in a Las Vegas show, his girlfriend a dancer, and the devil - a blackjack dealer. This creative “Palindrama” also makes impressive use of palindromes, each movement is titled with one.

This concert has been generously underwritten by Sue Stevens

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FAMILY CONCERT: SWASHBUCKLING SOUSA

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11 AM

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

War horns have sounded since the beginning of time. Musicians of the International Chamber Artists are excited to present the musically scripted program Swashbuckling Sousa! This program will be entertaining and educational, packed with regimented trumpets and heroic horns, with a special appearance by Rosie the Riveter.

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ICA STEINWAY SOIRÉE
Friday, April 26, 2024 at 6:00 PM

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

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 (35’)


Benjamin Britten – A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 for Soprano & Harp (17’)


Rosy Wertheim – Trois Chansons for Soprano, Flute, & Harp (7’)

Sign up for our unique concert endeavor, ICA Steinway Soirées. These events are limited to 20 people and provide an incredible opportunity to hear world-class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Enjoy heavy appetizers, an exquisite dessert, and wine. Each soirée is $125 per person.

This program is our Birthday Bash for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy tune, turning 200 this year! Britten’s song cycle was a gift to celebrate the Queen Mother from her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Dutch composer Rosy Wertheim’s improvisatory music uses evocative texts by the Chinese poet Li Tai-Po.

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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ODE TO BEETHOVEN
Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045​

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 (35’)


Benjamin BrittenA Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 for Soprano & Harp (17’)


Rosy Wertheim – Trois Chansons for Soprano, Flute, & Harp (7’)

This program is our Birthday Bash for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy tune, turning 200 this year! Britten’s song cycle was a gift to celebrate the Queen Mother from her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Dutch composer Rosy Wertheim’s improvisatory music uses evocative texts by the Chinese poet Li Tai-Po.

This concert has been generously underwritten by David & Pamela Waud

 

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ICA STEINWAY SOIRÉE
Friday, May 31, 2024 at 6:00 PM

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

Béla Bartók – Piano Quintet (41’)


James M. Stephenson, ICA Composer-in-ResidenceColors for Oboe, Clarinet, & String Quartet (13’)

 

Sign up for our unique concert endeavor, ICA Steinway Soirées. These events are limited to 20 people and provide an incredible opportunity to hear world-class musicians in a casual, intimate environment. Enjoy heavy appetizers, an exquisite dessert, and wine. Each soirée is $125 per person.

Have you ever heard colors before? Stephenson’s Colors is a musical representation of red, blue, green and white. Dvořák, Brahms, and Liszt infl uenced this little known yet richly scored Piano Quintet by Bartók. It is entirely post-romantic, full of spirit and lovely tunes. 

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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SUNDAY AFTERNOON LIVE: 
WITH MUSICAL GUESTS BELA AND JIM
Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 4:00 PM

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

Béla Bartók – Piano Quintet (41’)


James M. Stephenson, ICA Composer-in-ResidenceColors for Oboe, Clarinet, & String Quartet (13’)

Have you ever heard colors before? Stephenson’s Colors is a musical representation of red, blue, green and white. Dvořák, Brahms, and Liszt infl uenced this little known yet richly scored Piano Quintet by Bartók. It is entirely post-romantic, full of spirit and lovely tunes. 

This concert has been generously underwritten by Jim & Alicia Crawford

 
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ANNUAL BENEFIT: SOUNDS OF SUMMER
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Sunday, June 30, 2024
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:

Prices TBA

Purchase via our donation page

Learn more about our 2023 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! 

George GershwinRhapsody in Blue for Piano & Brass Quintet (17’)


George GershwinPorgy and Bess selections for Brass Quintet (20')


Elizabeth RaumScenes from the Andalusia for Tuba & Piano (9’)


Rafael MéndezSamba Gitana for Trumpet & Piano (4’)

We end our season of connections with a grand finale of Gershwin’s famous
Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist and Artistic Director Patrick Godon
with the ICA Brass Quintet. Known as the “Heifetz of the trumpet,” Rafael
Méndez was a Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter who emigrated to the
United States, first settling in Gary, Indiana.

This concert has been generously underwritten by a B2B Arts Grant

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