WFMT to revive live chamber concerts in Rogers Park

Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

WFMT will revive its locally produced series of live Sunday morning chamber music performances from the former Morse Theatre next month. The venue, newly renovated and renamed the Mayne Stage, re-opened July 4 with a performance by jazz chanteuse Ann Hampton Callaway.

The WFMT series,  Live from Mayne Stage, launches September 19 with a performance by Baroque Band. As with the earlier Live from the Morse series, the chamber music performances will be broadcast before a live audience.

The previous short-lived series presented concerts from October 2008 through spring of 2009 before a financial dispute between the theater’s owners and its financial backer shuttered the venue.

The one-hour concerts will air at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings from the theater, 1330 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park. The refurbished 1912 vaudeville house combines the intimacy and ambience of a classic nightclub with the high-tech broadcast capability of a digital recordng studio.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will be featured on October 3, and future artists include the Avalon String Quartet, Fifth House Ensemble, CUBE, and St. James Rush Hour Concerts.

The program host will be Dennis Moore, and Steve Robinson is executive producer. Gerald Fisher, Chicago Classical Review contributor, will serve as project coordinator. The series is sponsored by North Shore Retirement Hotel.

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One Response to “WFMT to revive live chamber concerts in Rogers Park”

  1. Posted Sep 04, 2010 at 11:41 am by M Kelly

    Yea!!!! I am so pleased that the Sunday morning live classical WFMT brodcasts will begin again. We loved going to the theater Sunday mornings and just as we discovered them at the theater up the street they stopped. Not this year, we will be there every Sunday morning. What a pleasure and many many thanks to all those responsible. Sincerely, MK

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