Exciting things are happening at Classical Music Chicago. We have a new name, new programming and a fresh commitment to Chicago. Why all the change? We listened to our audiences and understood that we needed a name that more accurately reflects our mission and focus. We love Chicago. The city attracts the best talent from around the globe and offers a variety of venues to make classical music accessible to more audiences. In short, we are growing our program offerings to reach new audiences. Along with returning favorites such as the Do-It-Yourself-Messiah and the Rush Hour Concert series, CMC is introducing Concerts for Rejuvenation and Wellbeing. These performances are designed to bring classical music into communities that are traditionally overlooked. We will continue to explore ways to bring extraordinarily talented musicians to people in surprising and easily accessible places.

Mark Riggleman, Executive Director, Classical Music Chicago


Dame Myra Hess Series

October promises to be a busy month as our Dame Myra Hess Concert series continues.

Please join us for this popular lunchtime concert series, every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Or watch or listen along online.

The Do-It-Yourself

Messiah Returns

The popular Do-It-Yourself Messiah returns this year at 2pm on December 18th at Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Join us for this annual sing along to Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.

The performance is free, but reservations are required.

Reservations open on Nov 15th. More information coming soon.



To fulfill our mission of presenting the best, world-class musicians here in Chicago, we partner with organizations that also sponsor and promote emerging talents. One of our partners is the Concert Artists Guild in New York City. The guild accepts by audition only the most promising emerging classical musicians from around the globe and provides guidance so they can reach their full potential. “Our mission and the Concert Artists Guild missions are closely aligned,” says Mark Riggleman, CMC Executive Director. “We are both committed to supporting the next generation of classical musicians and giving them exposure to a wide range of audiences.” CMC is presenting Concert Artists Guild musician, Evren Ozel on October 5. He has performed extensively and garnered international praise. Highlights of his career include winning first prize in the 2016 Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, second prize in the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition and being a quarter-finalist in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Don't miss his performance of Beethoven’s monumental sonata, Op. 111 on Classical Music Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, on October 5, at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, 55 E. Wacker Drive. Concerts are performed there every Wednesday as part of the Dame Myra Hess Concerts series.

The October 5 concert is generously sponsored by Mr. Neal Ball.


What do you love most about classical music? The experience that stirs emotions? The artistry of an emerging virtuoso? The moment you finishing hearing a favorite brought to life as if you were hearing it for the first time? By donating to Classical Music Chicago, you will be able to share this inspiring art form with more people and help us keep our programming free. And the best part is, there are many ways to give:

One-time donation

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Interested in giving? Please contact development@classicalmusicchicago.org

Thank you to our concert supporters!

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