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Seventy-five guests heard chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos perform intimate music for guitar and violin in a historic Evanston lakefront mansion at the March 19 “Hauskonzert” (house concert) fundraiser for the Evanston-based Bach Week Festival.
The Hauskonzert at the Charles G. Dawes House raised $9,700 for the 44th annual Bach Week Festival, which will present concerts April 28 and May 5 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and May 7 at Anderson Chapel at North Park University in Chicago. The festival is a collaboration between Bach Week and North Park’s School of Music, Art, and Theatre.
Proceeds came from ticket sales, cash donations, and sales of music CDs donated by Duo Sonidos members Adam Levin, guitar, and William Knuth, violin.
The event also celebrated the March 21 birthday of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach (1685–1750).
“The repertoire for the event was selected not only to celebrate Bach’s legacy, but to celebrate those key figures of the same era who made significant contributions,” Mr. Levin said, “in this instance, Handel and Corelli.”
Master of ceremonies was Bach Week Music Director Richard Webster, who performed in and helped organize the 1974 inaugural festival in Evanston and has served as its music director since 1975.