Thirsty Ears Festival 2019

Saturday, August 10 1:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 11 1:00 – 9:00 PM

ACM is proud to present the fourth annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival!

For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.

We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid friendly activities and food trucks on both days. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a performance of our original radio play 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.

$10 suggested donation, all proceeds support the ACM School of Music, a non-profit organization.

1758 W. Wilson Ave.
Public transportation options:
Brown line Montrose or Damen stop
Ravenswood Metra stop
Lawrence or Montrose Ave. bus

Parking is limited to street parking

MUSIC LINEUP – click to see program and bio info (mobile-friendly)

Saturday, August 10 Main Stage

1:00 [sg_popup id=”262″ event=”click”]ACM Student Showcase[/sg_popup].
2:00 [sg_popup id=129]PianoForte Piano Hour – Mio Nakamura[/sg_popup].
3:00 [sg_popup id=111]Tiffin Brothers[/sg_popup].
4:00  [sg_popup id=139]Liza Sobel/Nathan Canfield (soprano and piano)[/sg_popup].
5:00  [sg_popup id=130]Wurtz/Berger Duo[/sg_popup].
6:00  [sg_popup id=143]Marianne Parker & Megan Ihnen[/sg_popup].
7:00  [sg_popup id=131]Lakeshore Rush[/sg_popup].
8:00  [sg_popup id=138]~Nois Ensemble[/sg_popup].
9:00  [sg_popup id=203]Sound of Silent Film Festival[/sg_popup]

Saturday, August 10 All Saints Church
2:00 [sg_popup id=”189″ event=”click”]Terry Riley In C Laptop Play-Along[/sg_popup].

3:30 [sg_popup id=204]Joel Styzens[/sg_popup]

Sunday, August 11 Main Stage

1:00  [sg_popup id=132]Chicago Chamber Music Festival Young Performers[/sg_popup].
2:00  [sg_popup id=”268″ event=”click”]Douglas Johnson and Michael Miller[/sg_popup].
3:00  [sg_popup id=140]PianoForte Piano Hour – Lishan Xue[/sg_popup].
4:00  [sg_popup id=133]Picosa[/sg_popup].
5:00  [sg_popup id=136]Ravenswood Winds[/sg_popup].
6:00  [sg_popup id=134]Ian Maksin[/sg_popup].
7:00  [sg_popup id=135]Chicago Ensemble[/sg_popup] – Presented by the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation [sg_popup id=260]Mel Skvarla[/sg_popup] Fine Arts Award
8:00  [sg_popup id=141]1001 Afternoons in Chicago[/sg_popup].

Sunday, August 11 All Saints Church
3:00 [sg_popup id=200]Origin of Animal Classical Remix[/sg_popup].
4:30 [sg_popup id=201]Jeff Kowalkowski/Angela Zuniga[/sg_popup].
5:30 [sg_popup id=258]Flesh Vortex[/sg_popup].

KIDZONE (west end of the street)
Games, face painting and activities from 1:00 – 7:00 both days plus these special performances

Saturday, August 10
1:30 Magic with Rob

2:00 [sg_popup id=199]Lucky Trikes[/sg_popup].
3:00 [sg_popup id=259]Instrument Petting Zoo with Traci Newhouse[/sg_popup].
4:00 [sg_popup id=198]Dawn-Marie’s Toddler Jam[/sg_popup].
5:00 Dinder Brothers Family Circus
6:00 Magic with Rob

Sunday, August 11
1:30 Magic with Rob
2:00 [sg_popup id=259]Instrument Petting Zoo with Traci Newhouse[/sg_popup].
3:00 [sg_popup id=205]Jennifer Viets[/sg_popup].
4:00 [sg_popup id=202]Story Corner with Lori Orlinsky[/sg_popup].
4:30 Dinder Brothers Family Circus
5:30 Magic with Rob


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