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Chicagolanders are over the moon for free classical performances in June

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Celebrating its 15th anniversary of presenting free classical music, Rush Hour Concerts returns on Tuesdays this summer (June 3-August 26) at St. James Cathedral on 65 E. Huron Street. Pre-concert receptions begin at 5:15 p.m. with the performance at 5:45 p.m. This season honors Founder Deborah Sobol, who launched the free concert series in 2000, and passed away early this year. For details about the concert programs, visit www.rushhour.org.

Rush Hour Concerts also presents the fourth annual Make Music Chicago as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Like 700 cities across the world, the free event encourages everyone to participate in music on the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 21. In Chicago, musical events will be hosted by more than 60 sites, from Avondale to Woodlawn. A complete list of venues is available at www.makemusicchicago.com.

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 season will be broadcast in Chicago at noon on 98.7WFMT. Verdi's La Traviata (June 7), J. Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus (June 14), Rossini's The Barber of Seville (June 21), Dvořák's Rusalka (June 28), and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (July 5) are included in the lineup.

In Evanston, Northwestern University’s Student Composition Concert begins at 8 p.m. on June 3 in Lutkin Hall on 700 University Place. The free program showcases Bienen School student compositions, from chamber music to electronic works.

Eric A. Johnson conducts the Chamber choir Cor Cantiamo perform the U.S. premiere of Psalm 141 commissioned for English composer Gavin Bryars by Soli Deo Gloria. Other works on the program include selections from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The free concert takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at St. Raphael Catholic Church on 1215 Modaff Road in Naperville. Donations are accepted. For concert information, contact St. Raphael Church at 630-355-4545 or visit www.st-raphael.com.

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