Musicians to include the Grant Park Music Festival String Fellows and members of the orchestra


  • Clarice Assad (1978) - Impressions (2008) (15')
  • I. Personas. Theme & Variations
  • II. Fusion. Dança Brasileira
  • III. Affection. Slow Waltz
  • IV. Precision. Perpetual Motion
  • V. Unity. Coda
  • Xavier Foley (b. 1994) – String Quartet (2023)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890) (30')
  • I. Allegro con spirito
  • II. Adagio cantabile e con moto
  • III. Allegro moderato
  • IV. Allegro vivace

Matthew Adams began his violin studies at the age of five in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance with Professor Aaron Berofsky. As a youngster, he served as co-concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2017. In 2016, he was a semifinalist in the Sphinx Competition, and in 2017 made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in their Young People’s Concerts. Matthew’s instrument was provided by a scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation. 

Violinist Esther Roestan made her solo debut at the age of 9 with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra, and was the youngest-ever assistant concertmaster of the Indonesian Gita Bahana Nusantara Orchestra, the national Indonesian Orchestra. At age 14, she earned a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music to study in its pre-college program. She has also studied violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, and The Orchestra Now.

As a youngster, Rafael Pablo Gargate Santamaria played percussion and guitar in his native Peru. Later he began violin studies with Edgar Gargate Ostos, and at age 13, chose the viola as his principal instrument. At 16, he entered the National Conservatory of Music in Peru and later enrolled at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he earned a master’s degree in 2022.

Mexican-American cellist David Caplan began his musical studies at the age of ten and has just concluded his master’s degree at the University of Michigan. As an avid chamber musician, David, along with Quartet Bellezza, won first prize at the 2017 Discover Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the junior division of WDAV’s Young Musician’s Chamber Competition, and the junior division gold medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. David has been a guest clinician and lecturer at Midwest Young Artists’ Conservatory, ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has made appearances at the Chautauqua, Aspen, and Taos summer music festivals. 

About the Rush Hour Concerts

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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