Connections for the Homeless, based in Evanston, will kick off its Connections Concert Series on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 2-4pm at the Lake Street Church in Evanston.  Admission is $25 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Connections’ programs to prevent homelessness through housing, employment, outreach and support services. A reception to meet the artists and Connections’ staff immediately follows the concert. 

This first concert provides the opportunity to hear three classical pieces, performed by one of Chicago’s finest trio chamber music groups, The Vermillion Trio. The performance by the trio, like most chamber music, takes place without a conductor and thus by design exemplifies the very idea of community and cooperation through the interplay of its musicians. 

Connections in three movements for Clarinet, Piano and String Trio was originally composed for The Vermillion Trio by the well-known Chicago-based composer Robert Kritz in 2001.  In addition, Vermillion will perform TRIO in B-Flat Major for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 by Ludwig Beethoven and TRIO for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano by Nino Rota. 

Tickets may be purchased at the event or online at: www.cfthinc.org.  Lake Street Church is located at 607 Lake Street, on the northwest corner of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street. 

About Connections for the Homeless

The mission of Connections for the Homeless (Connections) is to provide housing, employment, and supportive services thoughout Chicago’s northern suburbs to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Connections prevents people from losing their homes and houses those who have, while providing services to promote maximum self-sufficiency.  For more information: www.cfthinc.org.  

About Robert Kritz

Robert Kritz, a well-known Chicago-based composer, has written works for many internationally recognized chamber music ensembles and soloists. The title of the work, Connections refers to intra-and extra-musical aspects of the work: The virtuosic, jazz-influenced, and warmly romantic three movements of the work share a motif, a la many late nineteenth-century works, with a goal of enabling and enhancing the human connections between composer, performers, and listeners. Like many of Kritz’s compositions, the work combines contemporary harmonies and romantic lyricism, tastefully peppered with a jazz-inflected whimsy.  

About The Vermillion Trio

Based in Chicago, VERMILLION has performed on the acclaimed Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, live on WFMT radio, and in other venues since its inception in 2001. In 2007 it was invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2007 held in Vancouver, BC. Believing in the power of the arts to touch the human spirit and allow it to soar, the ensemble’s mission is to promote connections among peoples. To this end, the group seeks to presents programs featuring music of diverse cultures and styles, sometimes in conjunction with other arts, and often centering on a common theme.  The Vermillion artists are Bonnie Campbell (Clarinet), Judy Stone (Cello) and Diana Schmück (Piano).