The Musical Offering will hold a concert to benefit its community music programs at 8 p.m. on March 25 at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave. Tickets, at $25 each, can be purchased at www.evanstonspace.com or by calling 847-866-6260.
Among the local artists in the program are Chicago Choro, the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, the Musical Offering Divas and the Dennis O’Sullivan Band.
Chicago Choro is a Brazilian instrumental music group, formed in the summer of 2009, that brings to the Chicago area a taste of a typical roda de choro or “choro jam session.” Musicians include Linda Binder, mandolin; Julie Koidin, flute; Jeff Binder, guitar; Steve Ramsdell, guitar; and John Beard, seven-string guitar/cavaquinho/pandeiro.
The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble develops modern klezmer music that draws directly from historical sources, building upon tradition to create original interpretations and compositions. Musicians include Kurt and Annette Björling and other stars of the Chicago klezmer scene.
The Musical Offering Divas comprise Kirsten Hedegaard and Victoria Holland, sopranos, and Susan Payne and Sarah Ponder, mezzo-sopranos, with Jennifer McCabe at the piano.
The Dennis O’Sullivan Band is a new Irish music group with a diverse lineup from Clare, Kerry, England, Chicago and Minnesota: Dennis O’Sullivan, voice; Gerry Carey, accordion; Pauline Conneely, banjo; Devin Shepherd, fiddle; Jesse Langen, guitar.