Mission: Founded in 2000 to create free public access to high-quality music, Rush Hour Concerts (RHC) is committed to advancing new ideas and ways of experiencing music in Chicago through these grounding principles:
Uncompromising artistic quality: Presenting world-class musicians and dynamic repertoire
Unique concert formats: Engaging listeners with short programs in easy-access locations
Universal access: Providing all programs admission–free
Results: Rush Hour Concerts has delighted audiences since 2000 with its innovative Summer Concert Series at historic St. James Cathedral. Each Tuesday evening from June through August, listeners of all ages enjoy a half-hour concert of chamber music masterworks performed by world-class artists – as well as a half-hour pre-concert reception with the performers – for FREE. We annually reach over half a million additional listeners each year via live streaming on WFMT and Soundcloud.
Rush Hour Concerts presents Make Music Chicago, an annual daylong, citywide celebration of everyone’s ability to make music. Beginners, amateurs, professionals, and internationally acclaimed artists gather to play free, live music in neighborhoods across the 20 Chicago zip codes. As part of the global Fête de la Musique, Make Music Chicago joins celebrations in 700 cities as part of the world’s largest musical event.
Rush Hour Concerts creates customized, educational residency programs. Initiated in two Chicago communities, these inspiring residencies emphasize collaboration between world-renowned artists and ensembles and neighborhood institutions. Rush Hour Concerts continues to celebrate community while providing musical instruction and enriching lives.
Target demographics: residents and visitors
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500,000 listeners, over 1,500 professional, student and amateur performers and composers, dozens of students.
Geographic areas served: Chicago
Programs: world class music and music education experiences free of obstacles such as cost, geography or time.
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First and foremost, this wonderful organization provides "great Classical Music" ( of all genres) accessible to ALL and for Free, throughout the summer ! Regardless of age, background and income, this delighful bit of culture nutures community participation, is easily available and engaging. Did I mention it is Free? In addition, Rush Hour Concerts (RH) has initiated a pilot outreach program (Part II) to engage younger audiences in city schools (currently Providence -St Mel ). Collaborating with the artistic talent of musicians and staff, this program hopes to provide city students with hands on, up close and personal experience with the musicians in developing, making and appreciating music; perhaps even providing an alternative to gangs. More... RH has Make Music Chicago; joining over 460 cities and 110 countries around the world in a global musical festival of sorts. Participation included over 450 musicians of all ages, experience and genres, with 40 arts, cultural, and educational organizations and institutions participating from neighborhoods throughout Chicago and suburbs, all making and performing their music throughout the day. Although, I am very new to RH and it's board, the more I learn about this organization, the more I believe that once everyone experiences RH, they too will embrace and support Rush Hour Concerts.