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Picosa blends visual art, the spoken word, and music in May 28 performance at Mayslake Peabody Estate

Apr 25, 2017 09:35AM ● By Ben Scott

The combination of storytelling, visual art, and music will delight audiences at Picosa’s upcoming concert on May 28th, 3pm at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL.  The ensemble will be joined by artist and painter, Peter Herz, and reader Tony Kresl for this unique program inspired by the connection between art, storytelling, and music.

General Admission tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors and college students.  High school students are Free!  For tickets and more information please visit


2:45pm Interludes Chamber Ensemble pre-concert performance

3:00pm Program

Maria Grenfell | Poems of a Bright Moon (flute/clarinet/piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven | Piano Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 2 No. 1 (Minuetto-Allegretto / Prestissimo)  (piano)

Handel/Halvorsen | Passacaglia for violin and cello (violin/cello)

Patti Garvey | Willing Voices (flute/clarinet/violin/cello/reader)

Pablo Santiago Chin | Kaval Imaginario (clarinet)

Joan Tower | Amazon (flute/clarinet/violin/cello/piano)


Jennie Oh Brown | flute

Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet

Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin

Patti Garvey | cello

Jani Parsons | piano



Peter Herz | artist

Tony Kresl | reader

Artists, writers and musicians have inspired each other for as long as theater, art, and music have existed. Picosa will use these interdisciplinary elements to transform this musical experience into a vivid and unforgettable concert. The audience will enjoy watching artist Peter Herz live paint throughout the entire performance. His paintings will be available to purchase following the concert.  If you feel so inspired, bring a sketch book of your own to join in on the art.  This is also a great way to engage children throughout the event, recommended ages 10 and up.  

Picosa’s own cellist, Patti Garvey, sets the children’s book, Manuelo the Playing Mantis, by acclaimed children’s author Don Freeman to music.  Naperville School District 203 Educator, Tony Kresl, will read the story while Picosa enhances the narration with musical interludes.  The story of finding one’s own unique voice inspired Garvey to write Willing Voices.

An 8th century Chinese poem by Li Po, of the T’ang dynasty, inspired Maria Grenfell to write Poems of a Bright Moon for flute, clarinet and piano. The titles of each movement come directly from the poems, and the music reflects the text of the poetry evoking moonlight and the sounds of traditional Chinese instruments.  The undulating rhythm of the Amazon river drew the attention of GRAMMY award winning composer Joan Tower, and she captures its flowing nature with a seamless cascade of notes in her work for full ensemble, Amazon. Chicago's Fonema Consort's Artistic Director Pablo Santiago Chin's Kaval Imaginario is the perfect contemporary showcase for virtuoso clarinetist Andrea R. DiOrio, as it tells the story of a duel with the devil. Violinist, Elizabeth Brausa Braithwaite and cellist, Patti Garvey will perform the show piece, Passacaglia for Violin and Cello, by Handel & Halvorsen.  Rounding out the program, pianist Jani Parsons will perform the third and fourth movements of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 2.  Picosa makes a compelling connection between these artistic disciplines that audiences are sure to enjoy. 

Students from York Community High School in Elmhurst will be performing chamber music for percussion prior to the concert at 2:45pm as part of Picosa’s Interludes Chamber Ensembles program.  Following Picosa’s concert, audience members are invited to stay for the Meet the Musicians Gourmet Dessert Reception to chat with all the performers and enjoy some treats.

Picosa is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.