Music @ Bethel series kicks off September 11 with Italian violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua

Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst recently announced the opening concert for the 24th season of “Music @ Bethel”, featuring a performance by internationally acclaimed Italian violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua.

A winner of several international competitions, Bevilacqua received First Prize, Audience Prize and Special Bärenreiter Prize at the 2020 International Mozart Violin Competition in Salzburg, Austria.

Bevilacqua will perform Mozart’s Sonata No. 35 in A major, Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Poulenc’s Violin Sonata, FP 119 and Gershwin/Heifetz’s Fantasy on “Porgy & Bess”. She will be accompanied by artistic director Jeffrey Panko on the piano.

After live streaming the past two seasons entirely from PianoForte Chicago, Music @ Bethel is pleased to announce that all concerts will now be performed live and in person from the church sanctuary.

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the church, 315 E. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst.

The 9/11 concert will offer VIP seating for $35; general admission is $20. Online fees apply. For tickets, find the “Music @ Bethel Concert Series” on

The series will continue Saturday, October 15 with Jeff Panko and Friends at 7 p.m.

Music at Bethel Artistic Director Jeffrey Panko joins fellow Indigo Ensemble members, violinists Jennifer Leckie and Yuriy Geyer, violist Uli Widmaier and cellist Timothy Archbold, in a program featuring Piano Concerto No. 12 by Mozart, the Granados Piano Quintet and the famous Dvorak Piano Quintet in an important Un. Tickets are $20.


On Sunday, November 20, it will be “A Cole Porter Celebration” at 3 p.m., with soprano Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, mezzo-soprano Lara Filip, tenor Vince McPherson and baritone Nathan Rago.

Fall in love all over again with some of the smartest, funniest and most romantic songs ever written in the 20th century by American composer Cole Porter. They will perform tunes from Broadway musicals such as “Kiss Me Kate”, “Anything Goes”, “The Gay Divorcee” and “Paris”, as well as well-known Tin Pan Alley classics. Both Felicia Burkovskiy and Lara Filip are regular contributors to our concert series, but this will be McPherson’s first appearance. Rago has been the worship leader at Bethel United Church of Christ since the pandemic began.

On Saturday, March 25, [email protected] is proud to announce the return of Guitarra Azul, one of its most popular bands, performing live and in person from the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Enjoy an exciting mix of rumba, flamenco and Latin jazz with intoxicating notes of percussion and fiery Spanish guitars. With breathtaking technique, unforgettable melodies and fiery dancing, Guitarra Azul promises to transport you to the warmth of a fragrant summer evening. This will be Guitarra Azul’s sixth appearance in our concert series, which will feature songs from their latest CD “Café Bolero”.

New this season is the “Rising Star Series” featuring up-and-coming musical talent.

On Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m., pianist Zarin Mehta will bring his virtuosity and musical passion to Music at Bethel audiences in a program featuring the music of Bach, Schubert, Lizst, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and his own award-winning composition, ” Insights.”

Mehta recently tied for second place in the International Concerto Competition for Young Artists, a Chicago-based competition in which 76 musicians from around the world aged 18 and under submitted concerto video auditions. A student at the Francis Parker School in Chicago, he has studied piano for 10 years and is currently trained by Winston Choi and Jeff Panko, and has previously worked with Mary Sauer. He has also appeared in performances with WFMT Classical Radio, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, and at Chicago’s Grant Park. He also performed in a piano trio led by Desiree Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe of the Lincoln Trio, and studied composition with Matthew Hagle of the Music Institute of Chicago. Zarin has performed twice with the Chicago Arts Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Kulenovic and Conner Gray Covington.

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