2014-15 Season Events

Cello Tasting – October 24th at 5:30pm

Curtiss Hall
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago


Test your ears and your palette at this fun, social kick-off to our 2014-15 season! Guests at this event will enjoy a blind “taste-test” of cellos and bows of all shapes and sizes, some old and some new. Cellos are graciously provided for the occasion by featured local shops with many available for purchase. Honorary “bragging rights” will be awarded at the end of the evening to the crowd-favorite cello.

To accompany the aural feast, several samples of wine will be available to taste and compare. Light food and beverage is included in the cost of admission.

non-member admission: $25

Marc Johnson Memorial Concert – November 16th at 6:00pm

St. James Cathedral
65 E. Huron Street, Chicago

Esteemed cellist, Marc Johnson, left an enduring legacy through his work with the Vermeer Quartet, as well as being a cherished teacher and mentor to the cello community. His sudden passing this past April sent a deep and painful ripple through the music world, having lost one of its most passionate and admired role models. The Chicago Cello Society is honored to present a concert in tribute to Marc, comprised of musicians who loved, studied and performed with him.  After the Memorial, we will continue the celebration of Marc’s life just a few blocks away from St. James Cathedral at Quartino.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please contact Karen Schulz-Harmon at cellotrope@yahoo.com if you are interested in performing on or being involved with this concert.

This event will be free of charge and open to the public.

Cello Competition – November 23rd

Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

The Chicago Cello Society invites cellists ages 10 to 18 to participate in our 2014 Cello Competition. The competition will have two divisions: intermediate and advanced. Winners will perform their pieces (Breval Cello Sonata in C Major or Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato respectively) with a cello choir chamber orchestra during the Suzuki Cello Classic concert in February. To determine eligibility and enter as a contestant, please click here.


Suzuki Cello Classic – March 22nd at 4:30pm

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston 
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In the traditional custom of the Suzuki Method, we invite cellists from the greater Chicagoland area to participate in a classic “Play-Up” of Suzuki cello repertoire. This concert will also feature performances by regional cello choirs and the winners of the Chicago Cello Society’s 2014 Cello Competition.

Please email Kyra Saltman at kyrasaltman@gmail.com for more information about participation and repertoire.

CCS Members – FREE with presentation of membership card
participation fee: $10
non-member admission: $5
kids under 10: FREE



The Casals Project Festival Preview

A History & Performance of the Cello Suites – May 15th        at 6:00pm

Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 E. Erie Street, Chicago
 Bach Concert

JS Bach’s Unaccompanied Suites are among the most iconic and recognizable pieces ever written for the cello. Yet the story of their conception and their survival through time is as complex as the music itself. With a historical narration by cellist Jean Hatmaker and an all-star cast of cellists performing selections from the suites, we will explore their rich history and relevance in the modern world.

This event is a “preview” for the Casals Project Festival 2015. For more info on the project, please visit casalsproject.com.

The Chicago Cello Society is pleased to present this members-only event in partnership with the Driehaus Museum.  Members please RSVP to cellotrope@yahoo.com to reserve your tickets.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum in 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as Herter Brothers and Louis Comfort Tiffany. For more information about the museum please visit www.driehausmuseum.org.

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Legacy; a Celebration of JS Bach, Pablo Casals and the   Cello Suites – May 21st at 7:30pm

Buik Recital Hall at Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst
pau casals autograph 

J.S. Bach gave the world a priceless gift with his Unaccompanied Suites for Cello. Indeed, the first Prelude of these suites has become something of an anthem for the cello. Yet these cherished pieces might have vanished entirely if it weren’t for a young, ambitious Catalan cellist, who stumbled upon the scores one day in a used book shop…

Join us for a wonderful evening of artistry and discovery as we recount the story behind the most celebrated music ever written for the cello.

This event is part of the Casals Project Festival 2015; for more info on the festival and other events, please visit casalsproject.com.

non-member admission: $10 for adults and $5 for students
(free with Elmhurst College Jaypass)



One thought on “2014-15 Season Events

  1. Hello, Larry! I just paid my dues from my online bank account. The account identifier is displaying as “CCS-owen”. I just wanted to make sure that you know that is me. Regards, David Cowen.


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