A New Music Series Is Taking Place Inside A Repurposed Chicago Church And It Looks Like A Match Made In Heaven

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A New Music Series Is Taking Place Inside A Repurposed Chicago Church And It Looks Like A Match Made In Heaven

Marvel at musical masterpieces in a venue with acoustics that rivals even that of Milan’s La Scala opera house.

West Loop’s Epiphany Center for the Arts has announced a new Acoustic Music Series that will take place within the recently restored landmark venue and it looks like a match made in heaven.

Stepping inside the illustrious 19th-century national landmark is already an experience in itself. The fortress-like former church and its iconic bell tower have long towered above the West Loop skyline since it was first assembled back in 1885. What lies inside is a glorious architectural achievement with exposed beams and sweeping arched trusses.

Now, despite being decommissioned and listed as permanently closed a decade ago, the venue’s heart beats louder than ever before with an ongoing lineup of live performances that showcase the extraordinary acoustics found within.

Since being repurposed, the architectural glory, raw beauty, and extraordinary acoustics of the historic venue have been preserved, offering a sensory spectacle beyond compare.

Whether it’s the prowess of stirring piano performances, or the captivating charm of classical chamber music, prepare to be acoustically enthralled and aesthetically astonished.

From instrumental to vocals, the afternoon and evening performances will feature a variety of musical styles, including classical, singer/songwriter, chamber, world, country, choral, bluegrass, ragtime, and folk.

The ongoing lineup, running Sundays from now through to at least May 2022, will feature a variety of musical styles that showcase the extraordinary makeup of the landmark venue’s Epiphany Hall and The Sanctuary.

“Whether you’re at an intimate show in The Sanctuary or a 400-person listening concert in the more expansive Epiphany Hall, the stunning acoustics in both spaces make for the ideal listening experience,” said David Chase, co-founder, Epiphany Center for the Arts.

Performances include the talented Polish pianist, Janusz Olejniczak, the critically-acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world-class musicians, The Juliani Ensemble, and the adventurous, Chicago-based, mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble Fifth House Ensemble.

Emily Seaberry Graef, Anita Graef, Julian Graef of Juliani Ensemble by Todd Rosenberg Photography 2019

“The Sanctuary at Epiphany Center for the Arts provides a truly remarkable acoustic experience for audience members, where no matter your location in the room, the sound travels right to you, making you feel like you’re there on stage with the musicians,” said Anita Graef, co-director and cellist of the Juliani Ensemble.

“Our aim with all of our concerts is for each audience member to leave positively transformed; more centered, more joyful, more peaceful, more uplifted.”

The initial schedule for Epiphany’s Acoustic Music Series includes the Juliani Ensemble, as well as the following renowned performers:

Tribute to Joni Mitchell: November 7, 2021 / 7:30 p.m.
The Juliani Ensemble: November 14, 2021 / 3:00 p.m.
Janusz Olejniczak: November 14, 2021 / 6:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: December 5, 2021 / 3:00 p.m.
The Juliani Ensemble: December 12, 2021 / 3:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: January 16, 2022 / 3:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: February 20, 2022 / 3:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: March 20, 2022 / 3:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: April 24, 2022 / 3:00 p.m.
Fifth House Ensemble: May 22, 2022 / 3:00 p.m.

Tickets and more information for any of Epiphany’s performances can be found at www.epiphanychi.com/tickets.

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