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Thirsty Ears Festival 2019

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Thirsty Ears Festival 2019

August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - August 11, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Chicago’s only classical music street festival returns for a fourth year of stellar ensembles and soloists, craft beer from Empirical Brewing, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and vendor booths.

We’ll have music on the main stage all day with additional performances inside the All Saints Church and a special presentation of our popular Sound of Silent Film Festival on the street Saturday at sundown.

We’ll close the fest down on Sunday at 8:00 with a performance of our original radio play, created in collaboration with Strawdog Theater. 1001 Afternoons in Chicago features stories by legendary journalist Ben Hecht adapted for live music and voices.

Wilson Avenue between Ravenswood and Hermitage

Saturday, August 10 1:00 to 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 11 1:00 to 9:00 PM
$10 suggested donation (all proceeds benefit the ACM School of Music)

Saturday – Main Stage
1:00 ACM School of Music Student Showcase
2:00 PianoForte piano hour – Mio Yakamura
3;00 Tiffin Brothers
4:00 Liza Sobel/Nathan Canfield
5:00 Wurtz/Berger Duo
6:00 Marianne Parker/Megan Ihnen
7:00 Lakeshore Rush
8:00 ~Nois Ensemble
9:00 Sound of Silent Film Festival

Saturday – All Saints Church
2:00 – Laptop Play-Along
3:30 Joel Styzens

Sunday – Main Stage
1:00 Chicago Chamber Music Festival Young Performers
2:00 Douglas Johnson/Michael Miller
3:00 PianoForte Piano hour – Lishan Xue
4:00 Picosa
5:00 Ravenswood Winds
6:00 Ian Maksin
7:00 Chicago Ensemble
8:00 1001 Afternoons in Chicago

Sunday – All Saints Church
3:00 Origin of Animal Classical Remix
4:30 Jeff Kowalkowski/Angela Zuniga
5:30 Flesh Vortex

Media Sponsor: 98.7 WFMT
Sound Sponsors: Shure, Loyola University
Beer Sponsors: Empirical Brewing, Band of Bohemia
Piano Sponsors: PianoForte Chicago, Yamaha

Additional support provided by:
Driehaus Foundation
Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
47th Ward Alderman’s Office – Matt Martin
All Saints Church
North Center Chamber of Commerce
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnolley Foundation
Illinois Arts Council


August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
August 11, 2019 @ 9:00 pm


Access Contemporary Music
1758 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640 United States