We are excellent at creating well-balanced, approachable concert programs for community people who love classical music or have casual interests. Our audience listened to us in library auditoriums, University of Chicago, local churches, synagogues, and at an art gallery. We have performed from music of J.S. Bach to contemporary music always keeping it in mind that the program is interesting even for people who are not so used to classical music concerts.
Sample Program (library)
Béla Kovács: Hommage a Manuel de Falla
Heather Thon Dahl, clarinet
Edward Grieg: Horberg Suites
Hiroko Nagahata, piano
Japanese Songs arranged by Tatsuko Ito
Yoshinao Nakata: Yuki no furu machi de (In a Snowy Town)
Sadaichi Okano: Momiji (Maple Leaves)
Heather Thon Dahl, clarinet Hiroko Nagahata, piano
Jerry Rock: Fiddler on the Roof
adaptation, arrangement, and cadenzas by John Williams
Christie-Keiko Abe, violin Hiroko Nagahata, piano
Antonín Leopold Dvořák: Slavonic Dance in E minor Op. 46 No. 2
Alexa Muhly, cello Hiroko Nagahata, piano
Simple Gift for piano, cello and clarinet
Arranged by Keith Muhly
Alexa Muhly, cello Heather Thon Dahl, clarinet Hiroko Nagahata, piano
This concert was for Global Voice program at International House, University of Chicago in February 2021. Because of pandemic, we live streamed from PianoForrte Studio Chicago.
Simle Gifts arrangement by Chicago-based composer, Dr. Keith Murphy. This is a studio recording for our first album Irving released in 2019.
From album release concert at PianoForte Chicago in 2019.
The works submitted are classical music and the essence of our skills and training. However we have also played popular music arrangements for specified audiences. For example, 50's and 60's tunes for elderly people.
Cellist Alexa Muhly and pianist Hiroko Nagahata started collaborating in 2014. We named our group Irving Artists occasionally also inviting other instrumentalists depends on the program. We have performed in churches, public libraries, University of Chicago, and in a gallery in Toronto, Canada. We release our first album Irving in 2019, which received reviews from New York Concert Review and Fanfare Magazine.
We aim to bring high quality classical music in approachable programming to people in community.
Programs for Specific Audience(s) Expertise
We engage with audience by talking about music we play. We could introduce interesting episodes regarding composers or pieces to inspire interests. We also were guest coach for Chicago Trio Chamber Music Ensemble and have experience working with kids to youth ensembles.
Chicago, IL 60641
$200-400 per person