The Elmhurst College World Music Series

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World Music Festival Photo Gallery

From India to Ireland

Check our photo gallery to revisit the sights and sounds of previous World Music Series events.

Performance Schedule

The Elmhurst College World Music Festival is now a series. Musicians and dancers from a wide range of cultures and styles will be on campus throughout the 2014–2015 academic year.


World Music Main Concert, featuring the music of Brazil, France, and Italy
David Christiansen, organist
Susan Dennis, soprano
Edgar Gabriel, composer & Latin fiddler
Steve Suvada, guitarist
Elmhurst College Cello Choir, Jean Hatmaker, director
Elmhurst College Jazz Band, Doug Beach, director
Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra, Joanne May, director

Come travel with us to Brazil, France and Italy! Featured will be the music of Hector Villa-Lobos, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a French symphonic work featuring the Chapel’s newly refurbished organ, and a world premiere composed by Elmhurst College professor Edgar Gabriel.

Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel
Admission $10 Adults, $5 Students & Seniors
Tickets may be purchased at door. Free for Elmhurst students and staff with JayPass


Canciones de España
Elmhurst College Guitar Ensemble Concert

Under the direction of Steve Suvada, this student ensemble will feature works by Albeniz, Assad, Boccherini, Morel and traditional music from Spain and Catalonia.

Friday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
Admission $5 Adults, $5 Students & Seniors
Tickets may be purchased at door. Free for Elmhurst students and staff with JayPass


Kontras String Quartet Series

Admired for their virtuosity, vibrancy and energy, the Kontras String Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after chamber groups on the scene. “Kontras”, which means “contrasts” in Afrikaans, is a fitting name for the unique ensemble comprised of artists from four different parts of the world: Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. It is this wonderful diversity that informs the group’s interest in music from Russia, South Africa, Japan, and the U.S. (the quartet members’ home countries), and inspires Kontras to present the traditional quartet literature in a new and unexpected light.

Geselligheid: Music of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
Geselligheid is a word and concept known well to Dutch, German and Afrikaans speakers. Without a suitable match in the English language, it is hard to explain... but easy to feel. "Gesellig" is a sense of cosyness, of being with loved ones, of celebrating a common joy together. We in Kontras Quartet could find no better word to describe the afternoon of beautiful music in an intimate space that we have in store for you.

Saturday, November 22, 1:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
Admission $20


Intimate Letters: Webern, Janacek and Beethoven
Kontras String Quartet

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hal
$20 General Admission
Tickets may be purchased at door, or online at

Composers have the unique opportunity to use music to convey meaning and emotion, thus transcending linguistic boundaries. Listen as composers from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia tell about their lives, their loves and their inspiration through their music for string quartet.


"Origins" CD Release Recital: Stravinsky, Volans, Koumatsu, Visconti
Kontras String Quartet

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
$20 General Admission
Tickets may be purchased at door, or online at

Join Kontras Quartet as we celebrate our season finale and Mother's Day with the launch of our first commercial album! This performance will be a recreation of the music on our CD Origins, being released on MSR Records. The CD is a reflection of our diverse origins as players, featuring music from our home countries of Russia, South Africa, Japan, and the US, and is a vibrant demonstration of the universality of music.

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