University of Chicago Presents
Classic music lovers celebrate music at its very best every year by embracing the five unique concert series—the Classic Concert, the Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music, the Artist-in-Residence, the Contempo and the Regents Park Discovery. Each concert series has its own identity, but all of them maintain a high standard of musical magnificence. Most concerts are held in the historic Mandel Hall; however, occasionally concerts are held at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel or downtown. Don’t worry, though, concert venues are announced well before each event.
Plan Your Trip
Mandel Hall is located at 1135 East 57th Street on the University of Chicago’s campus. More specifically, Mandel Hall is on the corner of University Avenue and East 57th Street.
About the Festival
Once known as the Chamber Music Series, the Classic Concert series has featured gifted performers since its beginnings in 1943, such as: Igor Stravinsky, Isaac Stern, Arnold Schoenberg and the Budapest Quartet. This concert series features numbers from the Classical period through the end of the 20th Century.
The Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series (EMS) takes pride in showcasing one medieval, one Renaissance and one Baroque performance every concert season. The EMS was founded in 1981 by Renaissance scholar Howard Mayer Brown.
Added in 2003-2004, the Artist-in-Residence Series, is a popular one. The much-celebrated Pacifica Quartet is part of this concert series, as is The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Founded in 1964 by Ralph Shapey, the Contempo Concert Series features contemporary classical music from famous artists such as Eighth Blackbird, a 2008 Grammy award- winner. The concert series is currently under the direction of Shulamit Ran.
And, the Regents Park Discovery Concert Series is fun and free for all! It’s a great way for new artists and performers to debut their music and build a following. Don’t miss a single concert!