Possessing a “voice that is theater itself” (Classique News), soprano Hannah De Priest is a fearless performer of an ever-widening range of lyric repertoire. Especially renowned for her “masterful” (Olyrix) singing of baroque opera, recent stage triumphs include two productions with Boston Early Music Festival 2023, a “winning” (DC Classical Review) Kennedy Center debut with Opera Lafayette (Serpine, La servante maîtresse) and her European debut as Gilde in L’amazzone corsara (Innsbruck Early Music Festival). With her “glittering, easy soprano” (Merkur), Hannah has garnered attention at numerous important competitions, winning 2nd Prize at the 2021 International Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera. On the concert stage, recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah with Apollo Chorus & Orchestra and Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Columbus Symphony.
Violinist Shelby Yamin brings signature vivacity to performances across the globe, from the historic state rooms of George Washington’s Mount Vernon to the storied chapel at Versailles. Highlights from previous seasons include solo appearances with Voices of Music, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players and New York Baroque Incorporated. Shelby regularly researches, performs, and records lesser-known works, including the violin duets of Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen (Orpheus Classical Label, 2021). Shelby has earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she won the Historical Performance Concerto Competition. She is the Associate Producer of SalonEra, an online webseries from Les Délices and is currently Artist-in-Residence at The Church of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco, CA.
Jason J. Moy is Artistic Director of Ars Musica Chicago, and one of the most sought-after harpsichordists in the Midwest. He serves on the faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, and DePaul University, where he was awarded the School of Music’s first-ever endowed chair as the Monsignor Kenneth J. Velo Distinguished Professor of Music. Jason received his Early Music training at McGill University and counts Hank Knox, Ketil Haugsand, Andrew Lawrence-King, and the late Bruce Haynes among his most influential mentors and teachers. He is a founding member of the award-winning baroque ensemble Trio Speranza, principal keyboardist of the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Newberry Consort, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Morgan Little started playing the cello at the age of six. He completed his undergraduate studies at DePaul University, where he was a student of Stephen Balderston, and graduate studies in the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School, where he was a full-tuition scholarship student of Phoebe Carrai. As a member of the J415 Ensemble, Morgan toured internationally with such renowned artists as Nicholas McGegan, Richard Egarr, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Robert Mealy, and Cynthia Roberts. He regularly performs with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and other acclaimed ensembles across the country. Equally passionate about teaching, Morgan is co-director of the Baroque program and leader of the viol consort at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL.
Rush Hour Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Zell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and contributions from individual donors.
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