Festival

Aug 10th & 11th

Thirsty ears 2019

ACM is proud to present the fourth annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival!

For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.

We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid friendly activities and food trucks on both days. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a performance of our original radio play 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.

$10 suggested donation, all proceeds support the ACM School of Music, a non-profit organization.

1758 W. Wilson Ave.
Public transportation options:
Brown line Montrose or Damen stop
Ravenswood Metra stop
Lawrence or Montrose Ave. bus

Parking is limited to street parking

 

  Hours

Saturday, August 10th – 1pm to 10pm

Sunday, August 11th – 1pm to 9pm

  Location

1758 W. Wilson Ave.

Parking is limited to street parking

 

 Event schedule

Check out this amazing lineup!

August 10th

main stage

1pm  ACM Student Showcase

2pm  Mio Nakamura

3pm  Tiffin Brothers

4pm  Liza Sobel/Nathan Canfield

5pm  Wurtz/Berger Duo

6pm  Marianne Parker & Megan Ihnen

7pm  Lakeshore Rush

8pm  ~Nois Ensemble.

9pm  Mini Sound of Silent Film Fesitval

August 11th

MAIN STAGE

1pm  Chicago Chamber Music Festival Young Performers

2pm  Douglas Johnson and Michael Miller

3pm  Lishan Xue

4pm Picosa

5pm  Ravenswood Winds

6pm  Ian Maksin

7pm  Chicago Ensemble

8pm  1001 Afternoons in Chicago

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