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Edgewater Gets Its Chamber Music On

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Nestled on North Paulina at 5545, to be exact, is St. Gregory the Great Church. Each day young and old alike walk through its doors to worship. Over the years, however, it has become the artistic home of Quest Theater Ensemble. Joseph Malham has produced icons, banners and murals which grace the beautiful, welcoming church. And several times a year, one can hear classical chamber music performed by the International Chamber Artists whose artistic director is Patrick Godon. He is also, among other things,  the director of music and liturgy at St. Gregory’s.

Patrick envisioned this organization a number of years ago with a dream of performing with other musicians producing a variety of types of chamber music. As a DePaul graduate and performer in a variety of venues, he knew many musicians who were eager to perform chamber music. The musicians have enjoyed recommending pieces to perform. Several of the musicians are fellow DePaul grads, but others have traveled great distances, even as far as Germany, to perform with ICA. Some musicians have performed with the group since its inaugural concert eight years ago.

There is more to ICA than performance. Every school year, they bring Chamber Music for Kids to Peirce and McCutcheon Elementary Schools, among others. Once again this year, this initiative will take place in January, 2015 just ahead of  the return and second annual very popular family concert to be held at St. Gregory’s on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

As the newest member of the ICA board has said, “How could we not go to the concerts! It’s right in the neighborhood and a $15 suggested donation is much more affordable than going downtown.” (Of course, there are many opportunities to support ICA.)

Not sure if you would like chamber music? As one patron said, “Maybe you won’t like one piece that much, but there is surely something you will enjoy in each and every concert.” Maybe you have even heard ICA perform on WFMT, the Belden Stratford Hotel and the Cultural Center, among others.

Stop by St. Gregory’s at 4 PM on Sunday, September 14 to hear the varied sounds of the violin along with legendary clarinetist John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with other instruments. Meet and greet the performers and patrons at Ranalli’s after the concert.

As ICA begins its ninth season, Patrick Godon as artistic director, the board and musicians eagerly anticipate many things—the second annual family concert which was so popular this past January and a first, a commissioned work called Bars and Barns to be performed in March, 2015.

So come out on September 14 at 4 PM to St. Gregory’s with your friends, or even yourself, and meet your neighbors. When the concert is concluded, you may just find yourself smiling and hooked on ICA.


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