Our Fine Arts Fall season will end with a spectacular afternoon of music featuring a select group of concert artists and members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra, coming together to present a virtuosic piano and strings chamber music concert entitled the "Golden Age of Classical Music" featuring John Field's Piano Quintet, the rarely performed Grande Sextet of Mikhail Glinka and a perennial favorite, Antonin Dvorak's Piano Quintet.
Cyrus Forough, Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, has performed throughout the four continents including on radio, television, and for international dignitaries.
Prize-winning twenty-two year old violinist, Sarah Michelle Greene, burst onto the LA scene when she started her Master of Music degree at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California after her 2014 graduation from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.
Principal Violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charles Pikler joined the CSO as a violinist in 1978 and, in 1986, he was named principal violist. Pikler is on the faculty of Northwestern University.
Mark Lekas currently enjoys an active musical life in Chicago as Principal Cello with the Indiana Symphony, as a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Grammy-nominated Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he is a regular substitute cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Collins Trier, double bass, has been a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1980. He serves as Principal Bass of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.
Susan Merdinger is the 2012 First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, soloist with numerous orchestras, and Faculty member at New Music School of Chicago and Summit Music Festival in New York.